Thursday, 24 January 2019

125th ploughing match this Sunday

THE 125th annual ploughing match organised by the Henley & District Agricultural Association will take place on Sunday

THE 125th annual ploughing match organised by the Henley & District Agricultural Association will take place on Sunday.

There will be a heavy horse village and a companion dog show at the event at Frizers Farm in Sonning Eye.

The day will begin at 9am with the blessing of the plough by Rev Stephen Cousins, the association’s chaplain, and end after the prize-giving at 4pm.

There will be more than 20 heavy horses, eight ploughing teams and a display ring. Donkeys will also be ploughing.

Bryony Gill, who has appeared on the BBC’s Countryfile programme, will be working her two shire horses and there will be some rare Suffolk punch horses.

Other attractions include trailer rides, a working machinery display, terrier and ferret racing and a poultry auction as well as agricultural trade stands featuring bee keepers, spinners, weavers and wood turners.

An association spokeswoman said: “This is a fantastic day for the whole family. Fingers crossed for the weather!”

The companion dog show has been introduced this year and there will be five classes, including one specially for lurchers.

Entries will be taken on the showground from 11.30am in the main tent and the judging will begin at 12.30pm. Rosettes will be presented to the owners of the dogs placed first to fifth in each of the classes, which are: 1. Cutest puppy (six months to a year); 2. Lurchers; 3. Gun dogs; 4. Terriers; 5. Open. A best in show prize will also be awarded. Puppies under six months old are not eligible. The entry fee is £2 a class or three for £5.

Admission to the ploughing match is £5 for adults and £3 for children (under-fives go free) and senior citizens.

Tickets will be available on the gate and there will be free parking available. Dogs are welcome.

There is a £1 discount for tickets bought online plus a free programme to download at



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