CHAMPION Welsh ploughman Evan Watkin beat off contenders to hang on to his title at 59th All Wales Ploughing & Hedging Championships.

Crug Glâs near the city of St Davids was the setting for the prestigious event provided by Perkin and Janet Evans and family.

Reserve Champion was local St Davids ploughman, Rhodri George who also won the Barbara and Glyn Davies Memorial Cup for the best ploughing competitor from Carmarthenshire, Glamorganshire and Pembrokeshire.

Completing the George family’s involvement was wife Alison, secretary of the local organising committee, and their son James, who was the winner of the Under 26 World Style Conventional Class.

Competitors were selected to represent Wales in the World Ploughing Contest to take place in the USA next year and these were Champion Ploughman, Evan Watkin, and winner of the World Style Reversible Class, Huw Griffith of Pwlllheli.