Annual Ploughing Match
The annual Isle of Wight Ploughing Match held last Sunday, (1st April) has really escalated over the last few years with all profits going to the local Earl Mountbatten Hospice
This year we had an unprecedented entry of 20 horse drawn teams in addition to the many tractors modern & vintage. A good number of the horse drawn teams travelled over from the mainland on a subsidised ticket provided by one of the ferries.
The event provided a really interesting day photographically as the weather was beautiful if cold.
I`m sure you will all be heartily sick of heavy horses by the time you`ve waded through this, but I`ve edited out a lot of pics!
I`m starting off with some tractor shots to encourage the mechanical horsepower buffs!
Comfort break? ... :)
Putting the world to rights
Looks straight to me!
3 general views to show the proximity of the horse teams to the tractors
All the horse ploughs were made by Ransomes
Beautifully matched pair of Clydesdales
Shires team belonging to a brewery
Pair of cobs that also pull an omnibus in the New Forest
Percherons a French heavy horse breed
Unmatched shires rounding the headland
An endangered species! ... the Suffolk Punch is high on the endangered breeds list
Comtois horses , a breed from the French / swiss border. A slightly smaller draught breed similar to our cobs
The Suffolks working
Showing the Clydesdales cornering ... see the dressage steps!
The mixed shires at the headland ... notice how close they have to pass other teams
The Suffolks turning
The cobs turning ... see the alsatian assisting
Lunch time ... the Jack Russell left in charge!
Hope you enjoyed your visit... :)
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