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
Earlier in the week
competitors in both the conventional and reversible ploughing
classes have spent many hours practising and testing their
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
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
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
The KPO holds
countrywide competitions to select participants in the National
Championship to earn places for the global contest.