BERWICK – Although the furrows were muddy and damp at this year’s Stormont County Plowing Match Sat., Oct. 7, the rainy conditions didn’t stop nearly 50 plowmen from turning up the soil for the competition.
According to Stormont Plowmen’s Association president Alyssa Waldroff, there were a total of 43 competitors and seven 4-H members participating either on a tractor, with a sulky or a walking plow.
There were also several guest plowers, including Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell and North Stormont Mayor Dennis Fife.
This year, the event was hosted by Patsy Casselman at her Berwick property, Casselman Heritage Lane.
In the jointer horse plowing category, Samuel Bourgon from Dalkeith plowed his way to the top, and Casselman’s Stephane Bourgon placed second with his furrows.
Ethan and Robert Jones of Brockville came in first and second respectively in the sulky horse plowing class.
Michel Calande of Alfred took home first place using his antique tractor with trail plow, while Dean Morris from Hammond was presented with the second-place title in the same category.
There were also several young competitors this year – in the antique plowing category for those under 18 years of age, brothers Anthony and Jeremy Chevalley from Moose Creek took home first and second place prizes.
Justin Manley of Berwick, also a young participant, was presented with the first-place title in the open category for those under 18 years of age.
Marc Binette of Ste-Anne de Prescott was named the top contender for his furrow, using his antique plowing technique with a hydraulic mounted plow.
In the farm standard (three-furrow plows) category, Crysler’s Raymond Grady came in first place, with Cassidy Smith of Berwick coming in second.
Allen Hills of Ashton took home the first-place prize in the two-furrow competition, with Kemptville’s Joyce Buckley coming in close behind him.
Allen Hills also was recognized for having the best open split, the best crown, as well as the best overall plowed land.
In the three-furrow competition, Berwick’s Stephen Manley came in first place, with Kayla Manley of Newington coming in second place. Kayla Manley was also given a special nod for having the best finish overall during the day.
Michel Calande of Alfred was recognized for having the best overall land in the antique tractor classes, while Berwick’s Stephen Manley was presented with the Bernard Beehler Trophy for having the best plowed land by a Stormont resident.
This year’s youngest plower, at just nine years old, was Justin Manley, while Mountain’s Gabriel Lecavalier was the oldest participant at 87 years old.
Winston Roberts of Toronto was honoured for travelling the furthest to participate in the match.
During the association’s evening banquet, Haleigh-Jo Teplate was given the title of 2017-18 Princess of the Furrow, while Kayla Manley was named the Stormont County Queen of the Furrow.