The Ottawa Carleton Plowmen’s Association (OCPA) Plowing Match was held on August 24 – 25, 2018, at SunTech Greenhouses Ltd. near Manotick.
On Friday, there was a brief opening ceremony followed by a VIP Plowing Competition which was won by Chris Rogers under the expert guidance of Ottawa-Carleton Queen of the Furrow, Ashley Blondin of Vars.
On Saturday, 14 plowers, using both modern and vintage tractors, vied for titles in the OCPA Plowing Match. It was a big day for Allen Hills of Ashton, who placed top of class in: 2-Furrow Mounted Plow, (open split required; 21 years and over); Best Overall Plowperson; Best Crown; Best Finish; and Highest Scored Land.
Jean-Guy Thivierge of Hammond also enjoyed a good day winning the Antique Tractor, prior to 1945; Highest Score Antique Plowing; and Oldest Plow Person classes.
Making her break-through in the competitive plowing circuit was Avery Dowdall of Lanark County, who placed first in the 2-Furrow Mounted Plow (open split required; 16 – 20 years); Youngest Girl Plowing, Best Plowed Land 20 years and under; and Best Plowing as a team using same tractor and plow (one plowperson under 20) which Ms. Dowdall shared with her father, Mark Dowdall.
Mark Dowdall of Lanark County showed his expertise in other classes as well, winning 2-Furrow Mounted Plow, Amateur (open split not required; 21 years and over); Plowperson who drove the furthest; and sharing top spot with Ron Stinson for Best Open Split.
Other class winners were: Antique Tractor, 1946 – 1960 – Michel Calande, Cumberland; Antique Mounted Plow – Denis Bourbonnais, Sarsfield; and Oldest Plow Tractor – Marven Dillon, Orleans.
Plowers must compete at local matches to be eligible to plow at the upcoming International Plowing Match (IPM) and Rural Expo in Pain Court (Chatham-Kent)), Ontario, on September 18 – 22, 2018.