Maybe he's born with it: Lachlan Rice takes out junior plough competition

Junior plough winners Lachlan Rice, Gabrielle Dray and Joey Reedy with Chris Chapman and Australian Draught Horse Stud Book Society Western President Bob Gleeson.

Junior plough winners Lachlan Rice, Gabrielle Dray and Joey Reedy with Chris Chapman and Australian Draught Horse Stud Book Society Western President Bob Gleeson.

Some would say young Lachlan Rice was born to win the junior section of the Eugowra Golden Plough competition, having inherited a horse drawn single furrow plough amongst a handful of other farming equipment from his great grandfather.

For the first time in 11 years, the Eugowra Golden Plough was held in early June and Lachlan said it was surprising to take out the junior competition on his first attempt.

"It was a surprise (winning), I had only trained for 30 mins and one of the kids there has been competing for a couple of years," he said.

"I didn't know who the other competitors were and when I found out one of them had been doing it for a couple of years I started to get nervous.

"(The judge) mentioned I had done exceptionally well for how long I had been doing it and how straight my lines were. He also gave me a few tips about getting the furrow straighter and the finish," he said.

Lachlan said the competition had been fun though a little bit difficult.

"The best part was the ploughing itself and going around with my cousin and seeing all the different types of draft horses and equipment," he said.

"It was hard stabilizing the plough because it was heavy and hard to get a straight line because they are going so fast.

"I would love to do it again," he said.

Lachlan's father, Matthew Rice, said he hoped the competition would instill a love of farming in Lachlan and a connection to his family history.

"I told him about the competition and gave him the option if he wanted to have a go at it, we have a single furrow plough here that was left to us by my grandfather," he said.

"I want him to be excited to get into the horses and gain an interest in horses and farming with a bit of history because his great grandfather farmed that way.

"We've got some Clydesdale that have just been broken in and the plan is to put them in front of this old farm machinery, so we don't forget how it was done and keep the history going," he said.

Mr Rice thanked Cowra's Jason Gavenlock for allowing Lachlan to use his draft horses for the competition and said the family was keen to use their draft horses at next year's competition.