A total of 25 competitors from Caithness to North Kessock took part in the annual North and West Caithness Ploughing Association match held at Stanstill Farm, Bower, by permission of Mr and Mrs Morgan Milne.
Gavin Robertson repeated his success of last year by winning his class and taking champion of the field.
Class 1 – 12” and over: 1 Graeme Mackay, Buldoo, 2 Willie Mackay, Trean, Killimster, Wick, 3 Stevie Blackwood, Ormlie, Thurso; best start – Graeme Mackay; best finish – Stevie Blackwood; straightest – Willie Mackay.
Class 2 – Reversible – two and three furrow: 1 Gavin Robertson, The Furrows, Barrock, 2 Alexander Campbell, Golfview Place, Lybster; best start, best finish and straightest – Gavin Robertson.
Class 3 – Reversible – multifurrow: 1 James Gunn, Whitefield Farm, Reiss, Wick, 2 Scott Rosie, Hunster Farm, Bower, Wick, 3 John Gunn, Morven View, North Killimster, Wick; best start – James Gunn; best finish and straightest – Scott Rosie.
Class 4 – Vintage Mounted: 1 Gerald Macleod, Balgunloune, North Kessock, 2 Iain Mackay, Mount Pleasant Farm, Thurso, 3 Michael Sutherland, Brig Cottage, Murkle; best sart – Michael Sutherland; best finish – Gerald Macleod; straightest – Iain Mackay.
Class 5 – Vintage Trailing: 1 John Matheson, Hamnavoe, North Kessock, 2 Richard MacWilliam, Rose Croft, Muir of Ord , 3 Gavin Munro, Crescent Street, Halkirk; best sart – John Matheson; best finish and straightest – Richard MacWilliam.
Class 6 – Demonstrators: 1 HRN Tractors.
Class 7 – Juniors: 1 Scott Rosie, Hunster Farm, Bower, Wick, 2 Taylor Mair, Hollies Seaview, D unmore, Beauly; best start, best finish and straightest – Scott Rosie.
Class 8 – Young Farmers: 1 James Gunn, Whitefield Farm, Reiss.
Class 9 – Novices: 1 Taylor Mair, Hollies Seaview, Dunmore, Beauly.
Best overall start on field, best overall finish on field, straightest furrow on field, neatest ends on field: Gavin Robertson.
Champion of the field: Gavin Robertson; reserve overall champion – Graeme Mackay ; 3 overall – James Gunn.
Farthest travelled: John Matheson.
Oldest ploughman: Neil Macdonald, Glenburn, Inchvannie, Strathpeffer.
Best looking ploughman: William Campbell, Heather View, Gersa.