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Weald of Kent Ploughing Match
Weald of Kent Ploughing Match
Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match Rules

1. PLOUGHS

a. Tractor ploughs to be fitted with skimmers.
b. Tailpieces are allowed – the maximum size to be 26cm long and 22cm wide. The end of tailpiece to be no more than 32cm from the end of the mouldboard.
c. Plough bodies must be in a ‘ploughing’ position at all times.
d. All plough bodies must be used when finishing.
e. Extraneous attachments that manipulate the furrows or scratches are not allowed.

2. TIME ALLOWED

a. All competitors to be ready to start at 8.30am.
b. Ploughing to start at 8.30am and all ground must be finished in 3 hours.
c. Failure to complete in allotted time will not receive any points for closing up and finishing.
d. 15 minutes extra time for any cast-off done after the ploughing has commenced.
e. At the finishing signal a competitor can complete the run without stopping.

PENALTY FOR FAILING TO FINISH - DISQUALIFICATION.

3. OPENING

a. Conventional ploughing – double opening – no land shall be left unturned.
b. Reversible ploughing – single furrow opening with right-hand bodies.

4. START

a. Conventional ploughing – start to consist of 11 or 12 furrows.
b. Reversible ploughing – start consists of 8 or 9 furrows.
c. Competitors to cast towards the next highest number plot.

5. FINISH

a. Conventional ploughing – Finish to consist of last 8 furrows.
b. Reversible ploughing – finish to consist of last 15 or 16 furrows (ie 3 furrow ploughs – 15furrows, 2 or furrow ploughs – 16 furrows).
c. Last furrow to be ploughed towards competitor’s own start.

6. DEPTH

Depth to be reached on completion of start and adhered to until commencing the finish.
a. Tractor ploughing – minimum depth 8 inches.
b. Vintage tractor ploughing – minimum depth 6 inches.

7. ONE-WAY PLOUGHING – REVERSIBLE PLOUGHS

a. The competitor should make a scratch for his last 15 or 16 furrows whilst openings are being judged (Class 6 only). After the opening split has been judged, the competitor proceeds to:
b. Plough 8 or 9 furrows towards the lower numbered plot (Class 6 only).
c. Start at the next highest number and complete his ‘butts’ (Class 6 only).
d. Complete the last 15 or 16 furrows (15 furrows – 3 furrow ploughs; 16 furrows – 2 or 4 furrow plough.).
e. Alternate bodies to be used at all times. Each run to be completed before the plough is tumed over.
f. The use of sighting poles at the start of the butts is not allowed.

8. VINTAGE PLOUGHING

a. Plough bodies must be made for the plough at the time of manufacture.
b. Skimmers and tailpieces optional.
c. Tailpieces should not be adapted to manipulate the furrows or scratches.

9. GENERAL

a. Rolling not allowed – penalty 20 points deduction.
b. Twin tractor wheels not allowed. c. Three sighting poles only – assistance to set and remove is allowed. No other assistance allowed.
d. Handling, treading or shaping of scratches or furrows is not allowed (for exception see rule 8b).
e. Only one wheelmark allowed at the finish in tractor ploughing.
f. Any abuse or dispute by a competitor with an official of the WKPMA is not acceptable and will be penalised.
g. The Association is fully aware of the legal requirements concerning the correct use of rebated fuel (red diesel) and the licensing of tractors. However, it is the responsibility of the individual concerned to ensure that they are operating within the law. For further guidance please refer to www.hmrc.gov.uk

FINAL DECISION

Any questions arising and not provided for in these rules shall be decided by the Executive Committee, whose decision shall be final and binding.

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