Dodds, Townsend to represent Huron at IPM - Aug. 31, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
Paul Dodds and Lucas Townsend will represent Huron County at the International Plowing Match in Walton later this year in the Senior and Junior plowing competitions, respectively.
The two managed wins earlier this month at the Huron County Plowing Match in South Huron and will have both the home-field and home-crowd advantages for the Provincial competition coming up in September.
Townsend said he was pretty excited about the win, especially since he didn’t get the plow out early this year.
While it’s nice competing close to home, Dodds said there isn’t much of a benefit to the home-field advantage because the good contestants are used to plowing in all sorts of weather.
“It’s not the advantage that it is in other events,” he said. “The guys I’m competing against have plowed for years and they all know what they are doing. It won’t make a big difference.”
Townsend agreed that competing in his home county may not be an advantage, but for different reasons.
“It could be an advantage for some people, but I haven’t had many chances to practise lately,” he said. “Grandpa [George Townsend] is trying to get the oats off, so he took the plow off, so I haven’t been able to practise for a month or so and the field may not feel like home.”
While the home field may not play a big advantage, the home crowd is certainly something Dodds welcomes.
“There will hopefully be a lot of people out cheering the local competitors on,” he said.
Townsend agreed that the local crowds would be big, but he didn’t know just how many people would be there for him.
Dodds may manage to compete at a neighbouring county’s match in the coming weeks for practice. He said it all falls to how much work is necessary at the International Plowing Match.
As far as getting involved in plowing, both Dodds and Townsend have said that it’s best to get started young, pointing to groups like the 4-H Sodbusters as a way to experience it.
“It’s the best thing for it,” Townsend said. “I’ve been in the group for seven years or so and it helped me get where I am.”