Ploughing contest near Land's End turns back clock
With determined plod the shire horses slowly drag the plough across the field, furrowing the earth as they go.
The sight of these magnificent giants toiling away is a quintessential rural scene.
At the weekend this time-honoured tradition was on display at the 67th Western Area Agricultural Competition.
Held under sunny skies on Saturday at Raftra Farm, St Levan near Land's End, as well as ploughing with horses competitors also battled it out on tractors from the 1960s up to the present day.
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The spectacle is testament to the technological advances in farm machinery.
The farm was buzzing with ploughman lorries and transporters arriving early to deliver tractors, ploughs and the shire horses.
Simon Hollywood, general secretary of the event, said: "The ground was near perfect for ploughing and the standard was very high.
"A few weeks ago we were worried that because of all the rain we've been having the ploughs would end up swerving all over the place.
"But because we've had a bit of sun the top of the soil was good and dry and we had a great day."
Around 500 people attended the event which included food competitions.
David Worledge, produce secretary, said: "The root crop entries were not really up to standard but that couldn't be helped because we had such a bad summer.
"But the cookery was of an excellent standard with fantastic cakes, buns and pasties."