Feature Story Sunday April 22, 2012
Princes of the Plow
The 90th Chilliwack Plowing Match goes off without a hitch
Craig Hill/Voice photos
Plowmen and their teams compete at the annual Plowing Match April 14.
he 90th annual Chilliwack Plowing Match took place last weekend which brought in contestants from across BC and Washington. Rain fell overnight leaving just enough moisture to allow for easier plowing.
The Match held at 9835 McLeod Rd. is a family event featuring teams of draft horses, antique tractors and modern competition plows. There is also a class pitting local mayors and politicians against each other for cash prizes.
Once the plowmen and their teams start to dig in, they have one-and-a-half hours to finish their plots, and points are assessed for things like straightness of rows, how the rows are furrowed in relation to the crown. Judging also looks at the covering weeds, firmness and packing and just the general appearance of the plowed plots.
Lillooet rancher and welder millwright Phil Rogers and his wife Mandy, were enjoying a "working fun day" and took a moment to speak with the Voice prior to the Match.
It's tough, grueling work and sometimes accidents happen. Such was the case for Rogers one day when he was using a stone bolt plow and a borrowed Belgian.
"She got to rearing in harness, so, I'm holding her and trying to keep her calm and she lifted me right off the ground and they both took off at the same time and I'm holding on." he said. "I hadn't let go, and I got wedged between the runners on the stone bolt"
Rogers was dragged for quite some distance before his wife Mandy got the horses under control.
"Somehow she managed to lift the sled off me, but they took off again and the sled ran across my legs," said Rogers.
Phil Rogers and his wife Mandy prepare for the Match on Saturday.
He wasn't terribly injured, however he caught his face on a bolt on the sled. Luckily, the week before he cut the bolt down or he could have been seriously hurt.
"I was more mad than anything," he said smiling. "But once a horse has a wreck, you have to get them back calmed down within 20 minutes, that runs deep."
See more photos below.
The 2012 winners are:
Horse Sulky Plow
1st Joyce Marchand - Salmon Arm
Horse Walking Plow
1st Dennis Ryan - Westwold
2nd Dugan Montjoy - Lilloet
3rd George Bowen - Custer Washington
Chilliwack Open Tractor Class
1st Joe Muik - Salmon Arm
2nd Al Pearson - Kelowna
Chilliwack Antique Tractor Class
1st Dave Barker -Cawston
2nd Hunter Ramey - Agassiz
1st Bruce Banman - Abbotsford
2nd John Les - Chilliwack
3rd Chuck Stam - Chilliwack
4th Duane Post - Agassiz
4th Laurie Throness - Chilliwack
BC Junior Championship
1st Andrew Graham - Abbotsford
BC Reversible Championship
1st Francis Sache - Rosedale
2nd Bill Higginson - Sardis
BC Senior Conventional Championship
1st Gene Sache - Rosedale
2nd Jim Mar - Saanichton
3rd Shane Thompson - Chilliwack
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