Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Girl, 13, wins plowing contest

A 13-year-old Hertfordshire schoolgirl beat experienced farmers to take first place in a plowing competition.
Elly Deacon used her father's 140bhp tractor, impressing judges with her straight and smooth plow marks.
Elly had only driven a tractor for the first time four days before the event, squeezing in just one hour's practice a night.
She was given three hours to perfect a 53,000 sq ft patch of land on the six ton John Deere tractor pulling a five furrow Dowdeswell plow.
The youngster is now set to qualify for next year's national plowing competition after crushing her opposition at Redbourn Berry Farm, Herts.
Elly, from Gorhambury, said: "The whole thing was fantastic and I think some of the older men were shocked to see a young girl driving a tractor and plowing the field.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet but I've been told it's because I've got the feminine touch.
"Maybe girls are more interested in keeping the fields neat and tidy and are more careful than men."
Her father, David Deacon, 48, said he was amazed by his daughter's achievement at the Redbourn and District Agricultural Competitions Association's plough match.
He said: "Elly's a star and it was so funny to see her beat all those grown men. I'm incredibly proud of her."

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