First female entrant to Avebury ploughing contest in 25 years comes up trumps (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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First female entrant to Avebury ploughing contest in 25 years comes up trumps
12:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
YOUNG farmer Alice Nutland was the first woman in 25 years to take on the men at the Avebury Ploughing Association’s annual ploughing competition on Saturday and came out triumphant.
The 23-year-old walked away with three cups, winning her class, conventional ploughing, the overall conventional ploughing championship and the best ploughman under 25.
She has been working on her family farm, Manor Farm in Beechingstoke, for two years and decided to enter the contest in Marden because all her male farming friends were doing so.
She said: “It’s an unwritten rule that only men enter and the competition wasn’t far from me, so I thought I should give it a go.
“I was quite shocked to do so well because I haven’t been ploughing for very long.
“The venue changes every year so I’ll have to see where it is but I should go back and defend my title.
“At the end of the day there was a ploughing match meal when the cups were given out, which was very nice and everyone said well done.
“The farming community is very close knit and everyone who offered me advice over the past two weeks has congratulated me.”
There were a similar number of entries to previous years, with 48 ploughmen taking part.
The overall champion was Mark Banting from Yatesbury, who also won the reversible championship.
Secretary Charles Lucas said: “Certainly since I have been secretary for the last 25 years there haven’t been any lady ploughmen enter the competition. It would be nice if this encouraged more women to take part, we’d certainly welcome them.”
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