Two of the north of England’s top ploughmen, Peter Alderslade and Robert Snowdon, are fine tuning their ploughing skills in preparation for the 2018 European Reversible Ploughing Championships to be held in Russia next weekend.
The Championships are to be held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June at Suzdal, near Vladimir, which is about 130 miles east of Moscow and entries are expected from champion ploughmen from over a dozen European countries. The event will be held in conjunction with the Russian National Ploughing Championships where ploughmen from over 50 Russian regions will participate.
They have arranged to loan tractors whilst they are there but have already shipped a container to Suzdal with their ploughs ready for them to use.
They won the chance to compete in Russia at last year’s British National Ploughing Championships which were held in Somerset and this will be the eighth time that Peter, who farms at East Bolden, Tyne & Wear has competed in the European Championship and although he has achieved 3rd place on four of those occasions, he is hoping to bring home the silverware this time. However, his team mate Robert from Richmond, North Yorkshire, will be hoping to do the same on his first time of competing in the Championships. Ex- world Champion, John Hill, from Hoylandswaine, South Yorkshire will be helping both in their bid to win, in his capacity as team coach.
After their experience of ploughing Russian soil, Peter and Robert will be polishing their ploughs on their return, ready to compete in more local ploughing matches and then the British National Ploughing Championships which will be held at Austrey, near Atherstone, Warwickshire on October 13th and 14th. Both will be striving to win a place at the 2019 World Ploughing Contest in the USA or the 2019 European Reversible Championships which will be held in the Republic of Ireland.
From left to right Peter and Robert