Nearly 700 attend IPM gala in Brussels - Sept. 28, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre played host to nearly 700 guests on Friday night with the Celebration of Excellence banquet – the culmination of days of hard work connected to the International Plowing Match (IPM) in Walton.
That night dozens of plowing competition awards were handed out and Kailey Donaldson of Halton County was named the 2017/2018 Queen of the Furrow, taking over for outgoing Queen Anita Rastapkevicius, and triumphing over her 24 fellow competitors.
Donaldson impressed over the course of the week. Whether it was during contestant outings to the Walton Challenge Course or The Old Mill, a major sponsor of the event, or during the plowing or main stage speech competitions, the girls were busy in the community all week.
Donaldson, alongside Josie Linton of Durham County, Andrea Chesney of Oxford Blenheim, Caleigh Van Kampen of Peel Dufferin and Olivia Bolender of York, were named the top five contestants in the competition that night. All five were then asked to provide their thoughts on the role of women in agriculture at the first IPM in 1913 and how it has evolved over the next 99 matches.
She also drew a round of applause after her impromptu speech at the Celebration of Excellence gala on Friday night at the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre.
“We’re the ones driving the tractor, we’re the ones working the fields and now we’re the ones chairing the IPM,” Donaldson said to roaring applause with her nod to Jacquie Bishop, the first-ever female chair in IPM history.
Donaldson was crowned 2017/2018 Queen of the Furrow by Rastapkevicius, who also took to the podium with a heartfelt thank you and farewell address after her year with the crown and sash.
Van Kampen was the competition’s first runner-up, followed by Chesney who was the second runner-up. Billie Diemert of Grey Normanby was named Miss Friendship.
Van Kampen was the winner of the Queen of the Furrow plowing competition, followed by Bolender, Linton, Shannon Little of Perth and Michaela Lievre of Oxford County in fifth. All five received a $100 scholarship from the Ontario Plowmen’s Association.
Winthrop’s Don Dodds was also honoured that Friday night in Brussels, as he had chosen to retire after over four decades of judging plowing competitions.
Dodds’ daughter Lynne Godkin and her brother Paul Dodds presented their father with his retirement gift.
Godkin said that at most jobs when someone retires they’re presented with a gold watch. However, when a plowing judge retires, he’s entitled to a gold clipboard.
Brandon McGavin was the winner of one of the IPM’s special awards this year: the Brussels Agricultural Society Special Award, which is presented to the plow person with the highest aggregate score from the coverage area of the Brussels Fall Fair.
Plowing results are as follows:
• Class 1 Group 1 – Horses, Jointer Plow (Walking): Brad Linton of Roseneath, champion; Terry Linton of Roseneath, reserve.
• Class 1 Group 2 – Horses, Jointer Plow (Walking): Nelson Sage of Thamesville, champion; Kathleen MacRobbie of Mount Forest, reserve.
• Class 1 Group 3 – Horses, Sulky Plow: Conor Green of Cobourg, champion; Steven Bickle of Bobcaygeon, reserve.
• Class 1 Group 4 – Horses, Sulky Plow: Dan Gorrill of Oakwood, champion; Tristin Boutilier of Belleville, reserve.
• Class 1 Group 5 – Horses, Sulky Plow (plows manufactured after 1979): Mike Atkins of Lucasville, champion; Russell W. Rogers of Mount Forest, reserve.
• Class 2 Group 1 – Tractors, Two Furrows, Plowers 10-15 years old: Hailey Gruber of Richmond, Minnesota, champion; Cole Brodhaecker of Ayr, reserve.
• Class 2 Group 2 – Tractors, Two Furrows, Plowers 16-19 years old – Ontario Junior Champion: Hunter Chown of Wolfe Island, champion; Ben Henderson of Cambridge, reserve.
• Class 2 Group 3 – Tractors, Two Furrows, Plowers 20 years and older: Katie Davenport of Owen Sound, champion; Matt Nottingham of Lindsay, reserve.
• Class 2 Group 4 – Tractors, Two Furrows, Plowers 20 years and older: Jim Ferguson of Sunderland, champion; Ron Stinson of Kemptville, reserve.
• Class 3 Group 1 - Tractors, Three Furrows (Three or less years at IPM Competition): Riley Terpstra of Atwood, champion; Matthew Magwood of Hanover, reserve.
• Class 3 Group 2 – Tractors, Three Furrows (Three or less years IPM Competition): Anthony Bertrand of St. Mary’s, champion; Clayton Terpstra of Atwood, reserve.
• Class 4 Group 2 – Tractors, Four Furrows (Three or less years IPM Competition): Erich Weber of Ayton, champion. There was no reserve champion.
• Class 5 Group 1 – Tractors, Conventional Plows – Ontario Champion: Bert Beyens of Strathroy, champion; Brian Davenport of Owen Sound, reserve.
• Class 5 Group 2 – Tractors, Reversible Plows – Ontario Champion: Daryl Hostrawser of East Garafraxa, champion; Bob Campbell of Dunsford, reserve.
• Class 6 Group 1 – Antique Tractors, Drag Plows: Ken O’Brien of Midhurst, champion; Harold Walker of Sparta, reserve.
• Class 6 Group 2 – Antique Tractors, Drag Plows: Michel Calande of Alfred, champion; Benoit Bouladier of Val des Monts, reserve.
• Class 6 Group 3 – Antique Tractors, Mounted Plows: John Milligan of Strathroy, champion; Jim Cox of Innerkip, reserve.
• Class 6 Group 4 – Antique Tractors, Mounted Plows: Douglas MacRobbie of Guelph, champion; Stephanie Sanders of Strathroy, reserve.
• Best Team and Equipment (ribbons presented in the field on Thursday to Best Team and Equipment): Nelson Sage, David Reid, Eric Linton and John DeKroon.
• Harold Nie Memorial Special (highest aggregate score in Class 1 by a first time competitor): Jordan Shortreed of Walton.
• Sidney Sisler Memorial Junior Special (Junior Champion Tractor Plowperson): Hunter Chow of Wolfe Island.
• Fred and Helen Davenport Memorial Award (Presented to the tractor plowing competitor with highest aggregate score in four days of plowing, including Class 2, 3 and 4, under the age of 16 years. Previous winners not eligible): Cole Brodhaecker of Ayr.
• Elliott Moses Memorial Special (Presented to contestant with the greatest number of points in Class 2, 3 or 4 – Group 1 and 2, born after 1995. Contestant must compete each day the plowing competition is held during the match): Hailey Gruber of Richmond, Minnesota.
• Gordon Bradfield Memorial Special (Presented to the contestant with highest aggregate scores in Classes 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6): Hailey Gruber of Richmond, Minnesota.
• John S. Moffat Memorial Trophy (Presented to the top Drag Plow winner): Ken O’Brien of Midhurst.
• Junior Farmers Association of Ontario Special (Presented to the Ontario plow person aged 15-29 years old with the highest aggregate score): Katie Davenport of Owen Sound.
• IPM Champion Horse Plow Person Award (Presented to the plower with highest total points in Class 1): Brad Linton of Roseneath, champion; Terry Linton of Roseneath, reserve.
• Lloyd VanDusen Award (Presented to best Overall Walking Plow Team): Brad Linton of Roseneath.
• IPM Champion Antique Award (Highest total points by a Class 6 plow person at the IPM): Ken O’Brien of Midhurst, champion; Harold Walker of Sparta, reserve.
• IPM Champion Tractor Award (Highest total points by a plowperson in Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 at the IPM): Hailey Gruber of Richmond, Minnesota, champion; Daryl Hostrawser of East Garafraxa, reserve.
• Graeme, Helen and Michael Craig Special (A coat and hat will be awarded per contestant qualifying to compete at the 2018 Canadian Championships in the Junior and Senior Classes): Seniors Bert Beyens of Strathroy, Brian Davenport of Owen Sound, Daryl Hostrawser of East Garafraxa and Bob Campbell of Dunford; Juniors Hunter Chown of Wolfe Island and Ben Henderson of Cambridge.
• Barbara McAllister Memorial Scholarship (Presented to a contestant who is between the ages of 16 and 20 on the first day of the IPM. Scholarship money is to be used towards post-secondary education approved by the executive of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association): Ben Henderson of Cambridge.