I’ve met some really great people since joining Mission Horse Club, and was it was because of those great people that I got to shoot the Canadian Ploughing Championships. It was a personal project of mine, fueled by a love of Draft Horses and a peeked interest in Farm Life.
The Championships were held on private land, owned by Rose Gate Dairy Farms. Chillwack Plow held a meet in conjuction (the horses + antique tractors)
On the horse side, a very small section was finished at the end of the meet. Very small. I realize that there is probably more care and time going into a plowing match than perhaps if you were actually turning land 100 years ago, but none-the-less, it’s hard, hard work. The horses know what to do but they don’t do all the work.. Turning and stopping on voice command only, handlers drenched in sweat from the heat and manual labor of sinking the plow into the land. I came away with such a huge feeling of gratitude for the luxuries of my own twenty-first century life.
However, I also had an appreciation for the quiet pace of the event and the amount of time I had to sit and contemplate, chat with my friends and literally watch images unfold in front of the camera. A welcome change from a crazy horse show.
On the tractor side, drivers faces showed absolute concentration- always looking behind them, watching their work unfold. I still have no clue about the rules of the competition, but I did learn a little from my farm girlfriends Kelsey and Angie about riding in tractors with farm boys and general farming courtship. Truly, I am a
city suburban girl that rides horses. I know nothing.
See the entire series in my proofing gallery- http://andreawalker.shootproof.com/event/192495