A COLAC and district ploughing contest has attracted competitors from across the state and overseas.
Colac and District Ploughing Association president Bob Clayton said he was pleased to see younger ploughmen in the weekend’s competition.
“It’s good to see men under 30 because it shows ploughing is going strong,” Mr Clayton said.
“We don’t get a big following these days and it’s one of those activities that you really have to have an interest in, but it’s passed on with each generation and that’s good to see,” he said.
“Most of us have sons born and bred with ploughing and they’re the future of the sport.”
Mr Clayton said he was impressed with the standard of competitors at the annual Larpent event.
“It’s been a very high standard and we’ve had people from the Gippsland area, Ballarat and the Colac district, including a couple of ploughman world reps,” Mr Clayton said.
“We’ve also had the New Zealand team here because we’ve got the national championships in Tasmania coming up, and they usually use our competition as practice for the Australian conditions,” he said.
“But there was definitely some great workmanship, the stand-out was probably our rep in the next international championship Adrian Tilling from Poowong.”
Mr Clayton said he hoped the ploughing content would continue in Colac and district.
“We’d like to see it going well in another 50 years because it brings people together,” he said.
“Competitive ploughing has changed over the years from horses to tractors, but the actual work is still the same with the focus on accuracy and high-quality workmanship.”
Victorian Ploughing Association secretary Neil Boxshall said the competition’s scores were close.
“The defending champion, local Shayne Neal, was again successful, winning by the very small margin of .4 of a point,” Mr Boxshall said.
“Second went to Brett Loughridge and third to Adrian Tilling, both of whom come from Poowong in West Gippsland,” he said.
“Another local, Shaun Carson, ploughed very well to come fourth and will travel with the others to represent Victoria in Tasmania, competing at the national competition.”