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World Ploughing Championship at Egerton       

Coastweek -- The World Ploughing Championship will be contested at Ngongongeri Farm in Egerton University by teams from 20 countries starting today (Friday December 1st) and ending tomorrow (Saturday December 2nd) in the afternoon.

Earlier in the week competitors in both the conventional and reversible ploughing classes have spent many hours practising and testing their equipment.

Simon Otindi will represent Kenya in the reversible class and will be driving one of the latest Massey Ferguson MF4708 tractors provided for him by FMD East Africa, a leading agricultural machinery distributor.

This machine is identical to the four wheel drive tractor used by Tom Evans, the Canadian reversible ploughing champion.

Each day of the World Championship will see contestants ploughing for 100 metres on separate plots while six panels of judges allocate marks for consistent depth, width and spacing.

By the end of the event, each competitor will have ploughed half an acre of land.

There will be gold, silver and bronze awards at the end of each of the two days for the top three competitors.

At a gala dinner on Saturday evening, the overall winners will receive their bronze, silver and gold medals. In the words of Daryl Hostrawser who has been the Team Canada Coach for the past six years, “The champions from each country are competing for the glory and there are no cash prizes”.

Jay Lennox became the Ontario Junior Ploughing Champion in 2014 and went on to take his country’s conventional ploughing title.

Two years ago Tom Evans won the Ontario reversible champion title and in 2016 became the Canadian Champion.

Both Lennox and Evans are competing in the World Championship for the first time.

Their coach Daryl Hostrawser has been ploughing in competition events since 1966.

He is a seasoned competitor in the World Championship and has coached Team Canada for the past six years.

The 2017 World Ploughing Championship is being held in Kenya for the second time after an interval of 22 years.

The Kenya Ploughing Organisation (KPO) was established in 1996 under the Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) umbrella to organize national ploughing contests and help raise the standards of seed bed preparation.

The KPO holds countrywide competitions to select participants in the National Championship to earn places for the global contest.



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