Nineteen-year-old Jolene Stinson of Kemptville beat out competitors two and three times her age to take the Lloyd and Elsie Hyland Memorial Award for Best Overall Plow Person at the Ottawa-Carleton Plowmen's Association 2008 Plowing Match, held Sat., Aug. 16 at the Navan farm of Wyatt and Cheryl McWilliams.
Stinson also won the Podium Promotions Award for Ontario plow person aged 16 - 20, the OCPA award for best finish, and the Osgoode Veterinary Services Trophy for highest scored land. With her dad, Ron Stinson, Jolene shared the award for best plowing as a team using the same tractor and plow'.
Stinson now qualifies to compete at the International Plowing Match 2008 to be held in Listowel, Ontario September 16 - 20.
Two dozen plowmen and women from across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec competed at the annual plowing match. There were five horse plowmen, eight plowing with modern tractors, and 11 using antique tractors.
One competitor, Winston Roberts, left his Toronto home at 3 a.m., hauling his Massey Harris tractor and plow behind his pickup truck, in order to make it to Navan by 9 a.m. It's a ritual that Roberts repeats most weeks during the summer. "You never get away from it," said Roberts, who grew up on a farm in Ireland and used to plow for his neighbours. "Win, lose or draw, it's a day out for us, it's the camaraderie with the local people. One day out here is worth a month's holidays."
Roberts and his 1951 tractor won the award for oldest plowing tractor.
Plowing judge Ross MacGillvary said there was, "some good plowing, and some bad.
"All in all it was a good day, a good turnout."
Horse plowman Gabriel Lecavalier, 78, once again won the honours for oldest plow person, and also placed first in the jointer plow open class with Belgians Ken and Duchess and took home the Wright Trophy for best overall horse plowperson.
David Gutierrez, 16, of Osgoode earned the Algie Wallace Memorial Trophy for youngest horse plow person. Gutierrez, who has been plowing since he was 14, prepared his grandfather's team of four-year-old Percherons for their debut at the Ottawa-Carleton Plowing Match. His grandfather, Marvin Antoine, took the honours for best team and equipment.
Twelve-year-old Katie Dangerfield was the youngest girl tractor plowing and also won the award for Ontario plow person 15 years and under, while Ben Patterson, 14, was the youngest boy.
Horse plowman Fern Pilon from Rockland and his team of Canadian horses had the best ins and outs, and placed second in the jointer plow open class.
Germain Bouladier from Val-des-Monts, Quebec, placed first in the sulky plow class.
Robert MacPherson had the best open split, while Jean-Marc Dessaint had the best crown.
Lindsay Cavanagh, 2007-2008 Ottawa-Carleton Queen of the Furrow, introduced the 2008-2009 Queen, Jessie Groniger of Carlsbad Springs. Cavanagh will compete in the Queen of the Furrow competition in Listowel, while Groniger will participate in her first international plowing match in New Liskeard, Ontario, in 2009.