Past was present for Euston’s annual rural show

Everything rural from a unique tractor to tiny stationary steam engine and heavy horses to tiny terriers was on show at the annual Euston Rural Pastimes event on Sunday.

The show at the Duke of Grafton’s Euston Park raises money for St Nicholas Hospice Care proves more popular every year and this year, in spite of the chill weather, the crowds were still arriving in mid afternoon.

Euston Rural Pastimes annual event at Euston Hall''The Devil's Horsemen Cossack riders

Euston Rural Pastimes annual event at Euston Hall''The Devil's Horsemen Cossack riders

The star among the 106 vintage tractors on show was the World War I Holt tractor belonging to Paul Rackham, on its first show outing.

Once used by British, French and Russian forces to town artillery and supply trains, this American-built machine is now unique in the UK.

If you prefer more elegant machinery there were 250 vintage and classic cars and a flypast by a World War II Dakota transport aircraft

With Lady Euston’s involvement in breeding Suffolk Punches, the show always has a good turnout, this year 36 of the 44 heavy horses at the show were Suffolks.

Euston Rural Pastimes annual event at Euston Hall''Mackenzie Parker-Cason, 6, from Cotton with Fred the donkey after her donkey ride

Euston Rural Pastimes annual event at Euston Hall''Mackenzie Parker-Cason, 6, from Cotton with Fred the donkey after her donkey ride

The Show Prize, the John Farrow Trophy, named after the man who had the idea of having the show, went to Mark Godderidge and his heavy horse with which he does logging work.

More equestrian excitement was provided by The Devil’s Horsemen Cossack display team making their first visit to the show with their stunt riding.

Another first was a sheep dog trial, which attracted nearly 90 entries.

But the show’s regular favourites where there. This year the flower display in the estate’s St Genevieve Chur ch was on the theme of rural skills, including displays inspired by flint knapping and pargetting (ornimental plasterwork).

A beagle pack at Euston Rural Pastimes annual event at Euston Hall

A beagle pack at Euston Rural Pastimes annual event at Euston Hall

Show chairman Dr Giles Smith said: “The altarpiece was hedge laying and it was absolutely stunning.”