BMO Plowing Competition Rules

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September 20-24, 2016
2016 RULES AND REGULATIONS

NO REFUNDS ON ENTRY FEES

List of Changes and Additions for 2016

Rules:

**NEW THIS YEAR

Date of Birth for each class is now starting January 1st to determine the age of the contestant instead of starting date of the Match as it has in the past.

#5 - A current Coggins test is NOT required for horses/mules at this time.

#6 - Tailpieces  In Class 6, factory original tailpieces are allowed.

#24 - Clipping and burning of straw and stubble is not permitted. Removing of straw, stubble or other material is only permitted with PRIOR permission from the Class Stewards.

#30 - Coaching - In Class 1, coaching is not allowed for Group 1 or 3. In groups 2, 4 and 5, coach may assist from the headland only.

#33 - Infringements c) The use of non-approved equipment of attachments will carry a penalty of 20 points per day.

Queen of the Furrow

#5 - One, two or three furrow plow, any type, may be used.

CLASS 1

A hydraulic lift is allowed in groups 3, 4 and 5.

CLASS 6

Plows may have the original manufacturer's tailpieces.

Trip links are not allowed. Top links and slip links are allowed.


2016 RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Competition is open to contestants from anywhere in the world, however, a contestant from the Province of Ontario must have earned a minimum number of points (as indicated herein) competing at a Branch Association Match in 2013 or 2014 or the Plowmen can use the 2014 IPM daily score.

The Entry Card must be signed by the contestant verifying the foregoing. A Branch Secretary verifying the qualifying points must also sign the Entry Card.  If using prior years IPM Points, the signature of Branch Secretary is not required. IPM Judges and OPA Directors are not   eligible for competition.

 

2.  Contestants entering Classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, must forward entry form to the Ontario Plowmen’s Association, 188 Nicklin Rd., Guelph, Ontario N1H 7L5, postmarked not later than August 15th, 2016.  False information contained on entry form may result in automatic disqualification from competition.

Contestants entering into Class 7 (Junior Plowing Class) must have their entries post marked not later than August 31, 2016.

*ABSOLUTELY NO EXTENSIONS

3.  Plowing Entry Fee of $70.00 (Cheque, money order or credit card) must accompany entry form. This fee will entitle each contestant to plow in the contestant’s respective class and group each day of the plowing competition.

Junior Plowing - Class 7 – the entry fee is $10.00. (Late entry fee $20.00)

4. Proof of Insurance verifying that the CONTESTANT, as well as the owner of the equipment, will have in force a minimum of $2 million liability insurance coverage, during the week of the IPM, this must accompany the entry card. PLEASE NOTE: Proof of Insurance is mandatory.  A Certificate of Insurance is required to be sent in with the plowing entry form.

5. A current Coggins test is NOT required for horses and mules at this time.

6. TailpiecesTailpieces may be used in CLASSES 2, 3, 4, 5 and  7 provided the size of the tailpiece does not exceed 26cm (10 ¼”) in length, 22cm (8 11/16”) in width and the total distance from the end of the mouldboard to the end of the tailpiece, including brackets, not to exceed 32cm (12 5/8”)   (The concave or convex of the tailpiece must not be greater than a ratio of 1mm to 15mm in width).(1/32” – 5/8”). In Class 6, Factory original tailpieces are allowed.

7. All contestants will be responsible for arranging for their own tractors, teams and plow.

8. Contestants driving tractors on roads at the Plowing Match must comply with the Highway Traffic Act.

**Every tractor must have a slow moving sign

9. Practice Plowing                                 

Held on Monday only - prior to the IPM.

One – (1) land per competitor. 

Lots will be assigned when requested.

 **Practise Land must be totally completed.

10. Land Cards

      a) Contestants in tractor classes will receive their land cards, bearing land number, at the Tractor Park each day of the competition.

      b) Contestants in the horse/mule class will receive their land cards bearing land number, in the field each day of the competition

11. Contestants must be ready to commence plowing at the designated start time for each day of competition.  No additional time will be allowed for starting late.

12. A maximum of three (3) sighting stakes will be allowed in all tractor classes and five (5) sighting stakes in all horse classes.

BRING YOUR OWN STAKES.

If a Horse/Mule Plow Person is using 3 or more horses/mules to plow, a solid line can be used for scratch only.

13. Contestants must place their stakes for striking out on lot stakes and all contestants must strike from same end of the field as directed by the STEWARD IN CHARGE.  Lot number stake as placed by the committee shall be replaced in centre of crown and must be in place to be judged. Sighting stakes to be used only on strike out and cast-off to vacant land. CAST OFF TO HIGHER LOT NUMBER UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED BY STEWARD IN CHARGE. When a contestant must cast off to a vacant land he/she SHOULD make that opening strike while his opening split is being judged.

14. Opening Split

Opening Split required in all Tractor Classes (Classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7).  Explanation of Opening Split - there must be an opening split in both stubble and grassland.  The strip to be well cut through so that no land is left uncut.  One round will be permitted in making an opening split before judging.  Contestant must commence to make their opening split immediately upon direction from the STEWARD IN CHARGE.

     i) Rolling and packing of the opening split is not permitted.

15. Crown

      a) In the Horse Classes for one-furrow plows, the crown shall consist of six (6) heavy rounds (12 furrows), after which the contestant shall cast off. Horse             plowing will be judged out of 180 points.

      b) In Tractor Classes, the Crown shall consist of four heavy rounds for two furrow plows and three heavy rounds for three or more furrow plows after which           the contestant shall commence to cast off.  When lands are too narrow to permit the application of this definition, same may be modified by the Steward in           charge of the class.  (Contestants in Class 4 will plow a larger lot if land is available)

      c) A double scratch will be allowed but rule 14 (i) will apply.

*PENALTY FOR INFRACTION OF RULE 14 (i) will be 5 points.

16. When casting off to the neighbour, if the neighbour’s plot is more than 3 feet (36”) out of parallel to your crown, you may be permitted upon approval of the Chief Steward to set up stakes and restrike out the cast off side.  The time used to arrive at a decision by the Chief Steward and to set the stakes and plow the cast off are not to be counted towards the total plowing time.  The time used is to be added to the competitor’s available time. This is for an extreme situation if the plot is more than 3 feet out.

17. Finish

The Finish comprises the last 12 furrows (i.e. 6 furrows on the throw out side of the finish and 5 furrows and the sole furrow on the crown side). Class 1 there must be a 4” step on the last furrow of finish. The 4” step has been removed from the finish of the Antique Plowing. 

18. The sole furrow must be turned toward the competitor’s own crown.

19. ALL FURROWS MUST START AND FINISH AT SCRATCH. (See scorecard re: Ins and Outs).

20. Land Committee reserves the right to provide contestants either sod or stubble lands, as circumstances permit.

21. Average depth of furrows shall not be less than 6 inches unless otherwise specified by the Chief Steward or Management. 

22. Shaping of furrows by hand, foot, plow stake or  otherwise is not allowed in any classes (which    includes inside and outside the scratch).

Class 1 is permitted to handle the opening scratch, except on Friday.

23. Idle runs

Idle runs to the opposite end are allowed but must be made on the headland and not across the plot.                                                                      Note: Idle runs are not permitted in Class 2 Groups 5 and 6 and  Class 5-Group 2.

24. Clipping and burning of straw and stubble is not permitted. Removing of straw, stubble or other material is only permitted with PRIOR permission from the Class Stewards.

25. During the competition contestants must mount and dismount from the tractor onto the unplowed land side of the tractor, to avoid penalty for treading on plowed lands.  Exception only if the model of the tractor does not allow for a left hand side dismount and the contestant must dismount on the right hand side for safety reasons.

26. Chains, wires, or ropes are not to be used by contestants in any class. 

27. Any towing while plowing must first be approved by the Steward.

28. Stones or roots should be reported to the Steward.

29. Competition Time

Maximum time for tractor plowing will be 20 minutes for the opening split and 2 hours and 40 minutes for the balance. Where a contestant has to make an extra scratch, this should be completed while opening splits are being judged. No additional time will be allowed. In cases of mechanical breakdown, a reasonable amount of time for repair will be allowed by the STEWARD IN CHARGE.

      a) Maximum time for horse/mule plowing is 5 hours and 30 minutes. Penalty of 5 points for each minute or part minute over. b) TIME PENALTIES FOR                 OVER TIME TRACTOR PLOWING

1) Opening split- 1 point for each minute or part minute

2) Plot-5 points for each minute or part minute

30. Coaching

After setting and removing stakes, coaching will only be allowed for competitors who have not reached their 16th birthday as of the 1st day of the IPM as well as all competitors plowing in Class 7 except those who have plowed at the IPM for two or more years. The coach to assist from headlands only and is not permitted to make adjustments to the plow except when the tractor and plow are completely on the headland. No type of remote electronic communications of any kind may be used during the plowing. The coach may go to the other end of lands, on the Contestant’s land, only when Contestant’s tractor and plow are on the headland.

- Contestants in Class 1 will be allowed a helper to set and remove stakes and assist with the horses/mules on the strike out and finish  

- In Class 1, coaching is not allowed for Group 1 or 3.  In Groups 2, 4 and 5, coach may assist from headland only.

- Anyone but the contestants on the land is an infraction subject to Rule 32 a.

- Stewards and IPM Judges are not permitted to do any coaching at the IPM.

31. All Stewards will be identified by wearing safety vests. All Stewards and IPM Judges must not leave their designated group while the group is competing unless for an emergency   

32.  Infringements

      a) Any contestant, assistant, coach or spectator  breaking any rules shall result in the relevant contestant receiving one warning from the Steward.  A second       warning will result in a penalty of 10 points against the relevant contestant, and the third warning will result in disqualification from that day’s competition.

      b) Any inappropriate behaviour (ie: use of course language, threats, and insubordination) during the competition against any Steward, Judge, fellow competitor,       by a competitor or on behalf of a competitor, will be cause for immediate disqualification from the competition and removal  from the field.

      c) The use of non-approved equipment or attachments will carry a penalty of 20 points per day.

33. All boards must be down and in plowing position other than opening split and 1st OR 2nd draw on the cast-off only.  Any infractions of this rule will carry a 20 point penalty WITHOUT WARNING BY THE STEWARD IN CHARGE.

34. A contestant shall be penalized for any of the following infractions by the judges’ decision:

       a) Finishing the wrong way - penalty 10 points

       b) Damaging neighbouring contestant’s plowing - maximum penalty 10 points

       c) Not completing the land allotted for plowing – maximum penalty 10 points

       d) Two wheel marks on the land – penalty 2 to 5 points

35. Scoring of Lands

A scorecard, approved by the Judge-in-Chief and the Assistant Judge-in-Chief, will be used for all Classes at the International Plowing Match.  The decision of the Judge-in-Chief and Assistant Judge-in-Chief shall be final.

36. The complete land will be judged and the only consideration given to a contestant will be where their neighbour’s plowing is crooked or below standard.

37. Where the total points allotted by the judges are used to determine the winner and a tie score exists, the contestant with the highest total points in General Appearance will be the winner but if a tie still exists the highest total points for the finish will be used in determining the winner.

38. Winners in each plowing class and group will be declared at the end of each day’s plowing.  The official score of the Judges will be used in determining the standing of the contestants in each class and group.

39. Any person involved in the plowing competition at the International Plowing Match, who feels that they have a just complaint, may file that complaint in writing to the Ontario Plowmen’s Association within 24 hours of the incident and such complaint will be dealt with by the appropriate parties.

40. All matters requiring clarification will be dealt with by the appropriate parties

NO DOGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE HORSE PARK OR TRACTOR PARK OR IN THE PLOW FIELD


 

Plowing Land Sizing
All lands are depending on the availability of land

Horses: 25’ w x 100’ l
Class 2 Group 1, 3, 4: 50’ w x 200’ l
Class 2 Group 2: 56’ w x 330’l
Class 2 Group 5,6: 66’w x 330’
Class 3 Group 1, 2: 50’ w x 200’ l
Class 4 Group 1, 2: 75’ w x 300’l
Class 5 Group 1: 66’ w x 330’l
Class 5 Group 2: 66’ w x 330’l
Class 6 Group 1, 2, 3: 40’ w x 150’ l
Class 7: 40 – 50’ w x 150 – 200’ l – subject to availability of land.
***Disclaimer: All plot sizes subject to change based on Land Availability.


QUEEN OF THE FURROW PLOWING RULES

  1. Queen of the Furrow contestants will plow on Wednesday September 22nd, 2016, at 2:30 pm
  2. Contestants must have competed at their local Branch Association Queen of the Furrow Competition in 2015. Exception being: If the County/Counties hosting the IPM did not host a Branch Match in 2015.
  3. Queen of the Furrow contestants must be 18 years of age as of the 1st of January.
  4. Queen of the Furrow contestants must have a minimum of a G2 driver’s license as of the 1st day of the IPM.
  5. Contestants are required with assistance from their OPA Advisory Councillor, to make arrangements for a coach with a tractor and plow for the plowing competition. These arrangements are to be in place before the IPM. Contestants unable to acquire a coach may contact the OPA Queen Co-ordinator to obtain a list of potential plowing coaches. The list will be available after August 15, 2016.
  6. One, Two or three furrow plow, any type, may be used.
  7. Each contestant will be required to strike out and complete two additional rounds.
  8. Lands will be identified in alphabetical order according to County or Region.
  9. Each Queen of the Furrow Contestant has $2M liability insurance coverage while competing at the IPM as well as $2M insurance coverage at their local Branch Match.
  10. ALL PLOWS ACCEPTED

PLOWING CLASSES

For the Competition, plowing classes will be established as follows:

CLASS 1 - Horse & Mule Plowing

-  Any make of plow may be used.

- Width of furrow to measure not less than 9”.

- Jointer Plows - A jointer plow is one with a share measuring not less than 8” and with a breast measuring not less than 6”-12”. Measurements from 6”-12” from the landside of the plow to the outside of the mouldboard, from directly under the point where the top corner of the mouldboard touches the beam.

- A hydraulic lift is allowed in groups 3, 4 and 5.

- Depth gauges or wheels are not permitted on Jointer Plows

 

- There has to be a 4” step on the last furrow of the finish.

 

- ALL Horses must have an attendant at all times.

 

Group 1

– Jointer Plows

- Minimum 115 points to qualify

      

Group 2

– Jointer Plows

- Minimum 100 points to qualify

- Open to contestants not entered in Group 1 and who have   not had the highest total score in Group 2 in any previous year

Group 3

– Sulky Plows

- Minimum 110 points to qualify

 

Group 4

– Sulky Plows

- Minimum 100 points to qualify.

- First time plow persons will be in Group 4.

 

Group 5

– Sulky Plows

- Minimum 100 points

- Sulky Plows manufactured after 1979 and later.

- Minimum 12” bottom.

 “Three or four contestants who have advanced to Group 1 but scored low in last year’s competition may be put back into Group 2 in order to equalize the numbers.” The same will apply to Group 3 and 4.


CLASS 2 - Tractor - 2 Furrows

-  Mounted Plows

 

 

-  Width of furrow to measure not less than 12“

 

Group 1

- Minimum 100 points to qualify

- Contestant must have reached their 10th birthday as of the 1st day of January, 2016 and not have reached their 16th birthday as of the 1st day of the IPM

 

Group 2

- Minimum 120 points to qualify

- Canadian Championship Rules will apply in  Class 2 Group 2

- Contestant must have reached their 16th birthday as of the 1st day of January, 2016 and not have reached their 20th birthday by the IPM.

 

Group 3, 4

- Contestants to be divided into two equal groups by ages.

- Minimum 125 points to qualify

- Contestant must have reached their 20th birthday as of the 1st day of January, 2016

 

Group 5

- Beginner Reversible Class

- Minimum 100 points to qualify. 

- This class is open to contestants with 3 or less years reversible IPM competition experience.

Group 6

- Open Reversible Class

- This class is open to anyone that wants to compete in an Open Reversible Class.

- Minimum 125 points to qualify.

** Please note that Groups 5 and 6 may be merged together at the discretion of the Chief Steward. 

CLASS 3 - Tractor - 3 Furrows, Mounted or Semi-Mounted

-  Width of furrow to measure not less than 12”.

 

Group 1 

- Minimum 100 points to qualify

- This class open to contestants with 3 or less years IPM competition experience.

Group 2

- Minimum 120 points to qualify

- This class open to contestants with 3 or more IPM competition experience

 

CLASS 4 - Tractor - 4 Furrows, Mounted, Semi-Mounted or Trailer-Tractor Plows

 

-  Width of furrow to measure not less than 14”.

           

Group 1

-  Minimum of 100 points to qualify

- This class open to contestants with 3 or less years IPM competition experience.

 

Group 2             

- Minimum of 110 points to qualify

- This class open to contestants with 3 or years or more IPM competition experience.

 

CLASS 5 - Ontario Championship Tractor Class

 

- Open to contestants from the Province of Ontario who wish to compete to be eligible to advance to the Canadian Championship Plowing Contest

 

- Width of furrow to measure not less than 12”.

 

Group 1

- Conventional Plows

- Minimum 130 points to qualify

- CANADIAN PLOWING RULES WILL APPLY 

 

Group 2

- Reversible Plows

- Minimum 125 points to qualify

-  CANADIAN PLOWING RULES WILL APPLY

 

CLASS 6 - Antique Tractor

 

-  All plows will be inspected during the match.

- Drag plows and tractors must be pre 1959. Plows should be of the same vintage with mechanical lift or hydraulic lift and the original manufacturer’s moldboards and tailpieces.

 - Weights may be used, but riding on plows is not allowed. 

- Mounted plows and tractors must be pre 1959. Plows may be a different make than the tractor, but should be of the same vintage. 

- Plows must have the original manufacturer’s moldboards, Length of moldboard not more than 40”. Plows may have one straightening lever and one mechanically adjusted depth wheel and one adjustable stabilizer bar.  NO hydraulic top link allowed.  Trip links are not allowed. Top links and slip links are allowed.

- Onus is on the contestant to provide information of year of manufacture and that all equipment complies with these rules. ALL CONTESTANTS MUST complete the form Finishes, see rule 17.

- First year contestants using a drag plow at the IPM must go into Group 2

-First year contestants with a mounted plow at the IPM must go into Group 4

- Width of furrow to measure not more than 12“.

 

Group 1

- Drag plows

- Minimum of 125 points to qualify

  

Group 2

- Drag plows

- Minimum of 115 points to qualify

     

Group 3

- Mounted plows

- Minimum of 125 points to qualify

Group 4

-  Mounted plows

- Minimum of 115 points

 

CLASS 7 - Junior Plowing

- Saturday only

- Horse/Tractor Plowmen

Entry Deadline – August 31, 2016

- In the event of a large entry, the contestants will be split into groups based on age and experience

- All contestants must have plowed at a Branch Match  in 2013, 2014 or 2015 including Junior Matches,  Sodbusters, and/or 4-H Plowing Clubs

- Competitors must be 10 - 21 years of age by January 1st of the current year.

- Entry fee for the day will be $10.00 (includes lunch and two passes to Tented City).  Late fee $20.00

-  Maximum of two competitors per tractor / plow

-  Any type of plow may be used

- All IPM rules and regulations will apply to Class 7 unless otherwise stated

**In order to determine the overall winners in this class, percentages will be used.


BARBARA MCALLISTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $2,500

Each Branch Association affiliated with the Ontario Plowmen’s Association may name one contestant, from the area represented by their association, who have entered as a contestant for the 2015 International Plowing Match.

The Contestants so named may be entered in any class or group in the Plowing Competition and will be the first highest placing individual who have been nominated by their Branch Secretary and have applied for the award.  Contestant must complete the application form and also indicate on their entry form if they wish to compete for this scholarship and confirm that they meet all criteria.

The Scholarship is open to a contestant who has reached their 16th birthday as of the 1st day of the IPM but have not reached their 20th birthday as of the 1st day of the IPM. Scholarship money to be used towards education at a university, college, apprenticeship or an institution approved by the Directors of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association. The presentation will be made at the Celebration of Excellence. Money will be dispersed upon proof of enrolment.  Previous winners are not eligible.

**Please Note: Scholarships must be claimed within five (5) years of the Scholarship being awarded.

The Scholarship Committee will review all entries for eligibility.  The winner may be required to appear at an event for Ontario Plowmen’s Association. 

One (1) Scholarship, in the amount of $2,500.00, will be awarded and presented at the Celebration of Excellence


CLASS AND GROUP WINNERS

a) Class/Group Winner and Runner-Up
The contestant earning the highest total number of points in each Group within a Class will be declared the winner of that Group. The contestant earning the second highest total number of points in each Group within a Class will be declared the Runner-Up for that Group. Winner and Runner-up must plow each day of competition to qualify.

b) Ontario Champion Horse Plow Person– Class 1
The contestant from Class I earning the highest total number of points will be declared the Ontario Champion Horse Plower. The contestant from Class 1 earning the second highest total number of points will be declared the Ontario Reserve Champion Horse Plower.

c) Junior Champion Tractor Plow Person - Class 2 Group 2
The contestant with the highest total number of points competing in Class 2 Group 2 will be declared Junior Champion Tractor Plower. The contestant earning the second highest total number of points will be declared Junior Reserve Champion Tractor Plower. Both will be eligible to compete in the Canadian Jr. Championship Competition in the following year.

d) Ontario Championship Tractor Plow Person - Class 5
The contestant in Class 5 earning the highest total number of points will be declared Ontario Champion Tractor Plower. The contestant from Class 5 earning the second highest total number of points will be declared the Reserve Ontario Champion Tractor Plow Person.

e) IPM Antique Champion Tractor Plow Person - Class 6
The contestant in Class 6 earning the highest total number of points will be declared IPM Antique Champion Plower. The contestant from Class 6 earning the second highest total number of points will be declared IPM Reserve Antique Champion Plower.

f) IPM Champion Tractor Plow Person - Class 2, 3, 4, 5
The contestant from Class 2, Class 3, Class 4 or Class 5 earning the highest total number of points from all days plowing will be declared the IPM Champion Tractor Plower of the 2016 International Plowing Match. The contestant from Class 2, Class 3, Class 4 or Class 5 earning the second highest total number of points from all days of plowing will be declared the IPM Reserve Champion Tractor Plower of the 2016 International Plowing Match.