Evan heads for world ploughing championships

YORK-BOUND: Evan Watkin (in the tractor) practising on grassland with Welsh team coach Aled Morgan of Newcastle Emlyn.

YORK-BOUND: Evan Watkin (in the tractor) practising on grassland with Welsh team coach Aled Morgan of Newcastle Emlyn.

FUW MEMBER Evan Watkin won class 1 of the world style and reserve champion of Wales at the recent FUW-sponsored Welsh ploughing championships on Paskeston Farm, Pembroke Dock, by kind permission of Messrs James Brothers. His achievement qualifies him to represent Wales at the world championship in York on September 10 and 11 next year. Mr Watkin, of New Mill, Newtown, has previously won the Welsh championship title 10 times and been reserve seven times. He also competed in the world ploughing championships that took place in Vestbo, Denmark, and came ninth out of 27. He currently has three gold, three silver and one bronze medal at world level. He said the soil condition at Paskeston Farm was very good with a high sand content and the standard of ploughing throughout was very high. His team mate, ploughing in the reversible section, was Elfed Jones from Corwen who came fourth overall.

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