The village glowed in the sun at 2019’s Gosforth Show, with plenty of grass being munched while Egremont Town Band’s fitting Walking on Sunshine floated around the field.

With everything from farm animals and a local history tent to a bucking bronco and fancy dress horse riding, visitors enjoyed wandering the stalls and meeting the happy groups of four-legged guests.

Seascale mum and son, Carol and Josh Tyson, had their hands full with Max the eight-year-old border terrier and 12-week-old Labrador, Maddie, and had Josh’s aunt and uncle, Christine and Larry Bottrell, on-hand to look after the excited pooches.

And Josh was just as enthusiastic as his dog, chomping at the bit to show Max in the Any Variety category, after coming third in the Border Terrier category.

“I’m having a really good day, and the dogs are happy too,” Josh said. “Max barked at other dogs before, so he’s enjoying himself!”

Also happy to be showing her animals was Savanna Kirkbride, nine, who took part in the Young Handlers of sheep category.

The Maryport youngster was joined by her proud dad, Andrew, and her April-born Blue Texel, Britney.

Andrew said: “It’s her third time handling at the show, and I’m really proud of her. She’s doing so well and we’re really enjoying the day.”

While the show had drawn past visitors back again, new faces were amongst the crowds as well as the stalls, with brand new Cleator Moor business Amelia Bakes Cakes making its debut at the event.

23-year-old Amelia Hartley decided to share her delicious bakes with everyone just one month ago, and with the help of her leaflet-dispensing dad, Jonathan, the baker had plenty of visitors to her first-ever stall, and was loving the day.

“I bake all sorts – anything with cake in, I can make it!” Amelia explained. “I love baking, so I just thought I might as well try selling my cakes and see what happens, and I’m really enjoying it so far.”

Horse master Guido Louis had a flaming great time, wowing crowds with his acrobatics and ability to communicate with his horses – and even riding them through fire.

Guido’s wife, Amira, was thrilled to be at the show, and said: “We’re so excited to be here – it was definitely worth the eight hour drive!”

Farrah Ataii, who Guido is training in horse-mastery, was also glad to be there with him, and said: “He’s absolutely amazing. It’s all about understanding the harmony between horse and rider, and it’s phenomenal.”

She added, laughing: “It’s basically mind control!”

The Cossack-trained horse behaviourist blasted around the show field to cheeky tunes, and got crowds laughing, saying: “I’m delighted to be here, it’s such a beautiful part of the country – so well done for living here!”

Wasdale Mountain Rescue were also pleased to attend the show, and volunteer Assistant Team Leader John Hryb commented: “It’s nice to get out in the community and meet people. We aren’t here to make money, we’re just here to let people know that we’re a presence for them.”

He added, encouraging others to get involved in the work the rescue team do: “You don’t have to be Bear Grylls – if you fancy it, give it a go!”

Julia Watson, Gosforth Show Secretary, was pleased with how the day went, and said: “We were lucky the weather forecasters got it right, and we have a brilliant field that dries up as soon as it stops raining!

“Massive thank you to all that have supported us – spectators, competitors, traders, volunteers, Rotary club and committee. Entries were good, especially in the handicraft and produce, where they were up by 200 – what an achievement.”

She added: “Our attraction, Guido Louis, put on a fantastic display in the sunshine, and the Moky warm up certainly got everyone joining in.

“Now we start planning the next one!”