Feature Story                                                                                                     Saturday, April 12, 2014


Plowed 'n Proud

Top plowmen and women in the province face off for the chance to represent BC in the nationals this August

Staff/Voice photos


Lytton's Dugan Montjoy works his team last Saturday at the 92nd Annual Chilliwack Plowing Match.


he sun crests nearby mountains and begins to burn off a heavy fog. The thumps of big Belgian hooves startle a heron. The bird squawks a note of displeasure before disappearing into the mist.


The horses respond to your call. Traces snap tight and the whippletree rattles as they lean into their collars. Your calloused hands grip the tiller and it cuts into the ground. By Jesus, you’re a plowman. Is there anything else better in the world?


A light rain fell on the field at Annis and Chilliwack Central last Saturday where teams from across BC and Washington dug in for a day of competition at the 92nd Annual Chilliwack Plowing Match.


Match contestants have one-and-a-half hours to finish their plots. Points are assessed for straightness of rows and how the rows are furrowed in relation to the crown.


Judging is also based on covering weeds, firmness, packing, and just the general appearance of the plowed plots.


Good plowing is the land’s best friend. When fields are properly tilled, rows are turned over at just the right angle and a "furrow comb" is created. This makes for a good seed bed and helps stop soil erosion by slowing down the wind.


Like he’s done for the past 17 years, Dugan Montjoy brought his team in from Lytton.


“I’ve had the same horses for about 8 years,” he told the Voice.


Montjoy liked Chilliwack weather.


“It’s nice here, it’s still winter up there,” he said referring to Lytton. “Not much plowing up there right now.”



Families took tractor rides for another perspective of the matches.


In all, there are 11 different classes including walking plows, antique tractors, modern tractors with high tech plows, juniors, seniors and a mayor’s class. This year, Chilliwack was represented by acting mayor Ken Popove vying for the Neil MacGregor Memorial Trophy.


Winners of matches go on to national championships this August in Thorndale Ontario.


Special thanks to the Sardis Kiwanis Club who brought out their food wagon and also did a some singing at the event.


2014 Chilliwack Plowing Match Results


Horse Walking Plowing

1st  Dennis Ryan, Westwold BC

2nd  Dugan Montjoy, Lilloet BC

3rd  Joyce Marchand, Salmon Arm BC


Antique Tractor

1st  Joe Muik, Salmon Arm BC

2nd  Hunter Ramey, Agassiz BC


Open Tractor

1st  Al Pearson, Kelowna BC


Mayors Class

1st  Dave Loewen, Abbotsford

2nd Duane Post, Agassiz

3rd Ken Popove, Chilliwack


BC Reversible Championship

1st Francis Sache, Rosedale BC


BC Senior Conventional Championship

1st Pierre Sache, Rosedale, BC

2nd Mike Strotmann, Salmon Arm BC

3rd Phillip Graham, Abbotsford BC


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