100 years of plowing Grenville County

KEMPTVILLE – It was a monumental day for the Grenville County Plowmen’s Association Sat., Sept. 28.
On historic land along County Road 44, southeast of the former Kemptville College site, the organization marked the 100th anniversary of its yearly countywide plowing match.

Winners (top three finishers) on the day included:
• Jointer plows (horses) – first place, Dave Reid; second place, Eric Linton; third place, Taylor Linton
• Jointer plows (never won one or two) – first place, Jessica Reid
• Horse and sulky plow – first place, Dan Gorrill; second place, Brent Christie; third place, Glenn Conway
• Mounted utility (two hour limit) – first place, Paul Dangerfield; second place, Dave Massey
• Tractors (two or more furrows, 20 years and under) – first place, Alex Dowdall; second place, Dawson Fleming; third place, Jonas Goodman
• Tractors (Grenville sodbusters) – first place, Mikayla Kelly; second place, Emily Kelly; third place, Haylea Maitland
• Two furrow plows (mounted) – first place, Allen Hills; second place, Nick Wilson; third place, Chris Allen
• Tractors and plows (three or more furrows) – first place, Garry Posthumus; second place, Mike Maitland; third place, Henry Posthumus
• Reversible – first place, Josef Bloderer
• Tractor and antique trail plows – first place, Jean Marc Dessaint; second place, Andre Joly; third place, Michel Calande
• Antique tractor and mounted plow – first place, Denis Bourbonnais
• VIP and dignitaries – first place, MPP (and agriculture minister) Ernie Hardeman; second place, Pat Sayeau (Edwardsburgh-Cardinal mayor); third place, Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Island and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark

The Grenville County Plowmen’s Association celebrated the 100th anniversary of its annual plowing match Sat., Sept. 28 on land near the former Kemptville College site. Among the participants was seven-year-old Haylea Maitland (left) who was the day’s youngest competitor.

Emily Kelly, the current Princess of the Furrow for the county, won the best open split, class five prize.

Taylor Linton finished third in the jointer plows (horses) division.

Other winners on the day included:
• Best Plowed Land – Allen Hills
• Best crown, class one horses – Eric Linton
• Best finish, class one – Dave Reid
• Best dressed team – Eric Linton
• Best going team – Brent Christie
• Best open split, class five – Emily Kelly
• Best lady competitor – Alex Dowdall
• Best land, class four – Alex Dowdall
• Best crown tractor class – Allen Hills
• Best finish, tractor class – Jean Marc Dessaint
• Oldest competitor – Dewey Mosher
• Youngest competitor – Haylea Maitland
• Travelled furthest – Danny Mosher from Nashua, N.H.
• Best Grenville sodbuster, junior – Liam Thibaudau
• Best plow person, class four – Alex Dowdall
• Best plow person, class five – Mikayla Kelly
• Best plowed land by Grenville County resident – Allan Wilson


Jean-Guy Thivierge nabbed a fifth place finish in the tractor and antique trail plows competition.

Brittany Carkner was one of more than 70 participants. Uhrig Photos