MANOTICK — The Ottawa Carleton Plowmen’s Association (OCPA) Plowing Match was held on August 25 – 26, at the corner of Brophy and Moodie Drives, on the Charles Brophy farm.
On Friday, there was a brief opening ceremony followed by a VIP Plowing Competition which was won by Ottawa Councillor Stephen Blais of Cumberland Ward.
From 1 – 3 p.m. a “Plowing Workshop”, led by Allen Hills and Jean Marc Dessaint, demonstrated the finer points of both the science and the art of plowing to local 4-H members.
On Saturday, 19 plowers using both modern and vintage tractors as well as horses vied for titles in the OCPA Plowing Match. Class winners were:
- Horse Class – Jointer Plow, Amateur: Samuel Bourgon, Dalkeith
- 2 Furrow Mounted Plow (open split required): Allen Hills, Ashton
- 2 Furrow Mounted Plow, Amateur (open split not required): Morgan Stinson, Kemptville
- Antique Tractor , prior to 1945: Jean Guy Thivierge, Hammond
- Antique Tractor, 1946 – 1960: Jean Marc Dessaint, Sarsfield
- Antique Mounted Plow: Nicole Calande, Alfred
- Overall Horse Land: Samuel Bourgon
- Overall Antique Land: Jean Marc Dessaint
- Overall Land & Highest Scored Land: Jean Marc Dessaint
Plowers must successfully compete at local matches to be eligible to plow at the upcoming International Plowing Match (IPM) and Rural Expo in Walton (Huron County), Ontario, on September 19 – 23, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the IPM.