Northern Ireland

New world record set at Mullahead ploughing event

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A new world record has been achieved at the 100th Mullahead ploughing match in County Armagh.

Almost 50 sets of draught horses set off together to reach the target.

The achievement came at the centenary match of the event on the Richardson Estate near Portadown.

The chairman of the Mullahead Ploughing Society, Kenny Gracey, said: "We set out to achieve a world record and that has been timed and witnessed.

"We have had a record number of horses ploughing simultaneously for a minimum of one minute, that being the criteria, in the one field.

"We've always claimed over the past couple of years that we have a world spectacle.

"It has always been in the region of 50 or 60 which was a record number of horses ploughing.

Image caption Mr Gracey said teams from all over Ireland and the Isle of Man took part in the event

"This year being our centenary, we thought we would go for 100 horses for 100 years.

"We've brought a lot of teams in from across the water, from all over Ireland, from the Isle of Man, and everywhere to set up this record here today."

The First Minister Peter Robinson and the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy were among the spectators at the event.

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