The sod has turned on another Great WPC!
Following colourful opening ceremonies with dignitaries welcoming the crowd and competitors, the Cairn of Peace, which symbolizes the spirit of this competition, was unveiled. The competitors, from the 29 participating countries, including the host Canada, raised their flags and then took to their plows for Day 1 of the 60th World Plowing Competition.
Under alternating skies of bright and sunny and cloud cover, the plowmen (and two plow-women from Austria), took to the stubble portion of the competition to show their skills against the best in the world.
After the first day of competition, the winners from Friday’s competition now have a leg up on their competitors for the overall title in each discipline.
Friday’s results of the Stubble Plowing Competition are:
- 1st place – Eamon Tracey, Republic of Ireland
- 2nd place – Fabien Landre, France
- 3rd place – Ashley Boyles, England / Barbara Klaus, Austria
- 1st place – John Whelan, Republic of Ireland
- 2nd place – Thomas Cochrane, Northern Ireland
- 3rd place – Mathieu Cormoreche, France
Organizers indicate several thousand people took in the first day of World Plowing with more expected to come out on Saturday.
Both the locals who came out today and the international guests who are here to cheer on their team and their country, were impressed with the size and scope of the event held in Olds. Olds College is the only venue in the history of this competition to host the championships twice.
Day two of the 60th edition of the World Plowing Competition, the Grasslands discipline, kicks off Saturday July 20, with the Parade to the Field of the competitors at 8:45 a.m.
The Vintage Tractor Pull, Horse Plowing demonstrations, and the Parade of Power for vintage tractors will take place Saturday as well. The World Plowing Championship wraps up with an awards ceremony and banquet at the Ralph Klein Centre Saturday night.
The second and final day of the 60th World Plowing Championships hosted at Olds College is in the books. All 57 competitors from the 29 competing countries put their best tactics and skills to the test in the rich, fertile soil. Following the completion of each competitors plot, the judges stepped in, took to task in measuring, viewing, and comparing the world’s best.
The winners of the 60th World Plowing Championships in Olds, Alberta for 2013 are:
Conventional 1st place: Barbara Klaus, Austria 2nd place: Fabien Landre, France 3rd place: Eamonn Tracey, Republic of Ireland
Reversible 1st place: John Whelan, Republic of Ireland 2nd place: Margareta Heigl, Austria 3rd place: Thomas Cochrane, Northern Ireland
Once again, several thousand people took in the final day of competition at Olds College under Bright blue Alberta Skies. Not only did they see the best plowmen (and plow-women – both from Austria) competing, there was demonstration Horse plowing, Vintage Tractor Pull Finals and sponsors, exhibitors and children’s activities to take in.