Early morning mist did not deter the eager ploughmen from arriving at Pointz Castle for the 96th Annual Ploughing Match of the St Davids and District Ploughing Society.

A fabulous day's ploughing was furrowed in the February sunshine on stubble ground and the senior champion of the day was awarded to Roland Glanville who had travelled from Cornwall and the junior champion was local competitor James George.

In the crops section Dafydd Cornock from Fishguard was successful in being awarded the perpetual trophy for the most points.

The committee under the chairmanship of John Evans expressed sincere thanks to the Raymond and Lawrence family from Pointz Castle for hosting the event and to all the ploughmen and ploughing judges: Mr Edwin Ellaway, Monmouth; Mr John Tucker, Newport; Mr Ken Davies, Tenby and Mr Aled Morgan, Newcastle Emlyn, and crop judges Mr Richard Lawrence and Mr William Lawrence.

The president for the day was Mr Leslie Raymond who presented the prizes and also selected the winner of the prize for the turnout that caught the judge’s eye and Mr Raymond presented this to Jeremy Jacobs-Roberts of Pontyclun with his David Brown tractor and Ransomes TS86 plough who competed in the classic class.


Semi Digger: 1st Roland Glanville, Cornwall; 2nd Rhodri George, Hayscastle; 3rd Lodwick Jones, Kidwelly; 4th Brenig Bryan, Llawhaden.

Classic: 1st Jon Cole, Hereford; 2nd Jeremy Jacobs-Roberts, Pontyclun; 3rd Ceri Richards, Cynwyl Elfed; 4th Leighton Bryan, Clunderwen.

Under 26: 1st James George, Hayscastle. Trailer Plough: 1st Cliff Hamer, Llanidloes; 2nd Emlyn Jones, Caersws; 3rd Clive Pugh, Llandovery; 4th John Lewis, Meifod.

Reversible: 1st Chris James, Llandeloy; 2nd Chris Bell, Mathry; 3rd Jonathan James, Llandeloy; 4th Paul Thomas, Mathry.

Reversible World Style: 1st Hugh Griffith, Pwllheli. Ferguson: 1st John Evans, Eglwyswrw; 2nd Chris Huck, Cirencester; 3rd Wil John, Glandy Cross.

Special Prizes: Stoddart Cup for Best Finish in Reversible Class by St Davids Ploughman – Chris James.

H V Rees Memorial Perpetual Shield Best St Davids Ploughman – Rhodri George

Elwyn H James Memorial Perpetual Shield Best Junior is West Wales Region – James George

Bertram Evans Memorial Perpetual Shield Best Senior in West Wales Region – Rhodri George

Senior Champion – Roland Glanville

Junior Champion – James George

West Wales Points Senior – 3 Rhodri George, 2 Lodwick Jones, 1 Brenig Bryan

West Wales Points Junior – 3 James George, 2 Chris Bell