Southwell Ploughing Match & Show

2013 show to be held at

Blidworth Dale, Ravenshead, Notts. NG15 9AH

Saturday 28th September 2013

Visitors Exhibitors Trade Stands

Welcome to the Southwell Ploughing Match & Show

The show was this year held at Blidworth Dale, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire on Saturday 28th September 2013

Equestrian Life Magazine will be covering the show in the November edition.

After a very succesful show the organisers would like to thank everyone who were part of the show. It was an fantastic venue and the weather made it an excellent day.


Since the show we have received many complimentary communications regarding the show. Here is one we received:

Would just like to say what a lovely day out my mum and I had at the Southwell Ploughing Match a few weeks ago.
Excellent value for money.
The best by far!!!!!
It was brilliant. So much to see. Fantastically organised, from entering, parking, show, tractor ride, food and leaving etc … And the weather was the icing on the cake!
Really enjoyed EVERYTHING but our favourite was the Kite Show! It was AMAZING and so much fun to watch.
Looking forward to next year but I think this years will take some beating! :)

Thank you very very much.
Kind regards
Wendy Staples

The photographer for the 2013 show was  –

We have recently received a link to a blog from a visitor to the 2013 show.

 Please find the Results for the 2013 show  Ploughing Results 2013 , Ploughing Results 2013  Agricultural Class Results 2013 , Cattle and Sheep Results 2013 , Heavy Horse Results 2013 , Hedging Results 2013 , Static Vintage Results 2013 , horses will follow shortly.

A few Photos for 2013 show – Others will follow shortly in the gallery: IMG_1270 IMG_1278 IMG_1268

Judging of the tradestands – Congratulations to the Winner ‘Old Hall Nurseries Ltd’IMG_1255  IMG_1242 IMG_1239

 Foreword by the Presidents

T.W. Hammond Esq & Mrs Richard Abel Smith DLJP

Mrs Richard Abel Smith, Mr Bill Hammond and their families welcome you all to Blidworth Dale or the Southwell Ploughing Match and Show which we are proud to be hosting for the first time in the Societys ‘158 year history.

The Abel Smith family have been farming here for 52 years and since the Hammonds involvement vegetable crops have been introduced and much conservation work undertaken including new hedges, woodland, heather banks and natural habitat .The pig unit run by Brian and Tim Smith has been here for over 20 years and moves around the farm bi-annually.  The Hon. Mrs Kate Beaumont (daughter of Mrs Richard Abel Smith) runs her equine enterprise at the Dale.

As you walk around the show you will see the development of agriculture from horse ploughing to Tractors with satellite guidance. The Hammond family have owned steam ploughing engines since the 1940s and have regularly demonstrated on show day.

The show caters for all interests with a fine show of cattle and sheep, horses and dogs together with Horticulture and Domestic Produce, a Craft tent as well as a full and varied range of activities in the main show ring.

The show is a  very important fixture in the local farming calendar and goes from strength to strength which it could not do without the dedication of the committee, judges, stewards and all the other people who give freely of their time –we thank them for their continued commitment.

Thank you to the exhibitors, trade stands, sponsors and advertisers, it is you along with all our visitors who make this one of the best shows in the area.

 Enjoy the day and let’s hope for fine weather

Bindering has been done for this years show.

Bindering Photo 2 2013

A second main ring attraction has been booked

Sky Symphony Kite Display Team

SKY SYMPHONY was formed in January 2000, and are now an established kite display and entertainment team.  They display at major kite festivals, gala days, carnival days, country and county shows give examples of our wide audience appeal.  We have even appeared on television promoting our fast growing, environmentally friendly sport.

The team has a squad of six members that are truly versatile, and can interchange with each other at any given time, all but one living around the Midlands. 

A main ring attraction will be the ‘Essex Dog Display Team’

Britain’s longest established dog display team and still the most professional, entertaining and exciting to watch. They have set the standard for 32 years and are not a copy of other dog teams. With an outstanding and unique commentary, the team are extremely professional in their presentation and have tremendous appeal to all age groups. Presenting two varied displays with audience participation, this is not just an agility team, the display consists of many varied and exciting exercises. They have appeared at numerous prestigious and major events throughout the UK. They are the only civilian dog display team to be selected for the Royal Tournament.

Southwell ploughing match is the largest agricultural one day show in Nottinghamshire, established in 1855 and run by a committee comprising of local business people and rural enthusiasts. The annual show is held at a different venue every year with 2013 being held at Blidworth Dale.

The show represents all the really important interests of agriculture from horse ploughing through the vintage years to the modern day tractor, a variety of livestock, static displays and trade stands to suit all tastes. In more recent years horse classes, dog show and the farmers market have been introduced.

If anyone wishes to become a steward or become a helper please contact the show office, help is greatly appreciated, as the show is only able to run from the very generous help and time given by the committee members, stewards and helpers.

In 2009 we were awarded Country Life Magazine’s Country Event of the year.


The winners of the Show Team Award 2012 – Kindly sponsored by The Sharman family were the  ‘Barnowl Jerseys’

2012 Results available - PloughingPloughing Score SheetsHorsesCattle & Sheep, Agricultural Classes Hedging and Shires / Heavy Horses.
2011 Results available - Ploughing, Ploughing Score Sheets, Agricultural Classes, Horses, Cattle & Sheep, Hedging, Shires / Heavy Horses and Static.

Horse ploughing 2011