THIS Year’s annual match, held by the Brailsford and District Ploughing and Hedgecutting Society, marks the traditional competition and show’s 108th event.
Held this year in Barrow-on-Trent, near Willington in South Derbyshire, competitors travelled in from miles around to compete in the classes, which included ploughing, hedgelaying, livestock judging an stick making.
Organisers say they were pleased with the day.
The society’s secretary Ruth Slack said: “On behalf of the Brailsford and District Ploughing and Hedgecutting Society, I would like to thank the Atkin Family for allowing the Society to hold its 108th Annual Match on their land.
“The site was superb and flat. Even though we had a shower of rain in the early morning, the ground was firm to walk on. The weather was overcast and dry.
“I would like to thank the competitors for taking part, for without them we would not have a match, the stewards for giving up their time and making everything run smoothly, the Brailsford British Legion for their help on the gates, the Ashbourne Lions for parking the visitors cars, the judges for judging the various competitions, William Bird for the loaning the society some sheep for the sheep judging competitions, the trade stands and craft stalls for their various wares on sale and the visitors who came to the match.
“Also I would like to say thank you to the various secretaries, without whom the match would not run.”
Organisers have announced that next year’s match is due to take place at Park Nook Farm in Quarndon on Wednesday, October 1.
Handicraft Classes for 2014 have been announced by the Ladies Committee and will consist of: Knitted four-ply bootees and hat; a framed painting in any medium; a cushion; hand-made jewellery and a favourite piece of handicraft.