THE crowds were buzzing with excitement as heavy horses pounded into the ring, sheepdogs were put through their paces and terriers raced across the arena.
The Brent Pelham Country Fair, Dog and Heavy Horse Show held at The Park was a family favourite on Sunday (August 18) attracting between 1,500 to 2,000 visitors.
Some 25 heavy horses from across East Anglia were on show, sheep farmers Freddie Parker and Victor Pitts, from Devon, brought their working sheepdog team along, the South East Falconry Group flew their birds of prey, and Eddie Adams of Hertford put on a gun dog display.
About 15 vintage tractors were on parade including a 1940 Fordson owned by Little Hadham farmer Robert Collins, plus a novelty dog show, the Puckeridge Foxhounds and Trinity Foot and South Herts Beagles.
There were around 20 stalls and sideshows, tug-of-war competitions, egg throwing and other games. Commentator for the show was gamekeeper Steve Reynolds of Hamels Park, Buntingford.
“It was a magnificent day and a great opportunity to show off traditional country pursuits,” said Alan Herbert, chairman of the organising committee. The money raised is being counted and will go to the village hall and to support country pursuits.