The 74th Northern Ireland International Ploughing Championships will take place on Friday 29th September & Saturday 30th September 2017 near Donaghcloney, Co Down.
These championships showcase over 50 qualified competitors from NI and ROI competing in seven different classes: World Style Conventional, World Style Reversible, Vintage Class, Horse Class, Horse Style & Appearance Class, Young Farmers Class & Ladies Class.
The Ploughing Championships is an ideal meeting place for anyone involved in the agricultural industry and their families to see top ploughmen show off their skills for the honour of being crowned a Northern Ireland Champion and representing their country on European and World stages.
The event included trade exhibits, Young Farmers Club competitions, plus many attractions for the 1000's of spectators to enjoy. This year, as well as the usual attractions at the NI Ploughing Championships, the 6 Nations Vintage Ploughing Championships will take place at the same time with top vintage competitors from England, Scotland, Wales, NI, ROI and the Isle of Man. There will be lots for all the family including exhibitions and trade stands, children s activities and other demonstrations.
In 2016, the event was extremely successful. Northern Ireland Ploughing Association Chairman Wilson Holden says, “We enjoyed yet another successful event in the beautiful setting just outside Limavady with spectators and exhibitors from all over the UK and Ireland. This provided a fantastic opportunity for competitors and exhibitors to provide a great showcase for the agricultural industry. We look forward to hosting our event back in Donaghcloney where it was held in 2005.”
NIPA have a very successful record with 7 World Ploughing Champions winning the Golden Plough on 10 occasions, 13 podium place positions in the past 15 years and competitors have also taken the European Ploughing Champion title 6 times.
NIPA is the governing body for ploughing in Northern Ireland. There are 21 affiliated ploughing societies across NI with approx 500 members. Ploughing matches run from September to February across the country each year. NIPA successfully hosted the European Reversible Ploughing Championships in Drumahoe in 2012 and World Contest in Ballykelly in 2004.
William King, NIPA President commented, “This year we look forward to returning to Donaghcloney for what will be another great ploughing championships. We look forward to welcoming competitors, visitors and exhibitors from across Great Britain and Ireland for what will be one of the key events in the agri calendar. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome many new members of the public to the event this year.”
Gates open TBC
Prices (TBC) Adults £10, Children 12-18 £5 and under 12 children go free.
FREE carparking TBC
Further details about the event are available on the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association Facebook page.
For sponsorship and prime exhibition opportunities at this year's event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org