Photo Album from a Champion Plowman
by Mike Atkins of Lucasville, OH
At Ontario, Canada’s International Plow Match, first day of the match, September 2010, Mike (lead), Snake (middle), Tinker (off): You can see every round. This is called “Definition of Plot.” The reason for this I was told is back in the old days they took cyclone seeder and sowed wheat or oats then harrowed the plowed ground to cover the seeds. When the seed came up it looked like you sowed with a drill. I came in seventh place this day.
Day two of the match: You make your crown or head land, plow 6 rounds total then you wait for the man next to you to get his 6 rounds made, then you go to his last furrow. You have 2 rounds to straighten up his, if need be, but they were always straight. Then plow around till the last 2 rounds, turn to crown or head land side. I came in 2nd place this day. I swear middle mule has GPS. Watch the line.
Day four of the match: Short on pictures but had a great day. Placed 10th but in my mind I was first. Eight inches of clover we were plowing down. Good dirt. I placed 5th in the match out of 14. Stu said that was good, I thought it was great. Also won best newcomer award. I was happy. I had a great time.
At Ohio State Match; I won the three horse sulky with 291 points but Dave Wilson won the 2 horse sulky with 295 points. I’m going to have to do better.
Wood Hauling Day: As you can see some mules do great. Five hour day. Mike and Snake in the lead, Tinker and Bell on the wheel. Brother was my helper when I got in trouble. My son Devin, who is my main man, watching dad didn’t mess up too bad. Top 10 day for me.