Ploughing & Working Horses



For many years SESHA was fortunate in being able to hold its annual autumn ploughing match at Farming World, near Faversham, Kent, courtesy of the Johnson family.

When Farming World was sold the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match Association offered SESHA the chance to hold its match in conjunction with the Weald, which had always had a horse-ploughing Class. SESHA has therefore joined forces and held its autumn match since 2011 in conjunction with the Weald.

The benefit of the liaison is that the venues for the Weald of Kent match move around the Weald parish with a different location each year.

In 2016 the Match was held at High Tilt Farm, Cranbrook. The previous year, which was the 70th anniversary of the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match Association, it was held at Moat Farm, Collier Street, Kent. That match also commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and everyone at the Match was treated to a magnificent flying display by a Spitfire aircraft.

In 2017 the Match returned to Gatehouse Farm, Marden which was a successful, enjoyable event.

It used to be that heavy horses were the endangered species. Nowadays, it is the lack of ploughers as numbers have been diminishing over the years. Added to which there is often more than one match on the same day. However, the Weald has always welcomed the heavies to one of the largest and most popular ploughing matches in Kent.

Karen Wheeler is the Secretary of the Weald. Lesley Mannington has, for many years, acted as the Horse Steward both for the Weald and SESHA. If you would like to participate in SESHA’s match, you can contact Lesley by email:

We look forward to seeing members support their ploughing match.