Crowd enjoys the mane attraction at West Grinstead ploughing event

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Glorious sunshine, a bumper crowd and record number of ploughing entries contributed to a memorable annual ploughing match.

West Grinstead and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society received an impressive 68 entries for the show, at Upper Chancton Farm, Washington, on Saturday (September 19).

Three teams of heavy horses - one up on previous years - were one of the many attractions, with Gerald Winter, of Hastings, with three-year-old Percherons Max and Megan winning the trophy for horse ploughing on their first ever outing.

Winner of the sash for the best turned-out team were regulars Derek Hilton with Major and Tommy.

The third team, a young pair of Clydesdales called Belle and Dolly, were shown for the first time by Jane McInerny. They were worked by Ian Williams using a 1930’s Ransome plough.

Steam ploughing was another key feature, drawing the crowds throughout the day to see this old technique in action.

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Elsewhere, children’s sheep-handling classes were well supported, though the current tuberculosis crisis had led the society to taking the prudent decision not to hold an ‘open’ cattle show this year to prevent any risk of potential inter-farm spread. Instead the Brinsbury Campus of Chichester College showed a selection of dairy and beef cattle, as well as calves and there were usual competitions for domestic produce.

Photos, taken by Jeannie Knight and Marie Anne Olivier, show Percherons Max and Megan, Jimmy Hawkins of Cowfold, ploughing with his Fordson tractor and Ransomes plough, and Chloe Kilham with her sheep Rosie.

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