Riding high again

SIMPLY the best, that s how Saturday s Gorefield Show was described after record takings on the gate. The crowds turned out to watch a very successful horse show with entries from all over the UK, combined with a huge variety of stalls and sideshows. It w

SIMPLY the best, that's how Saturday's Gorefield Show was described after record takings on the gate.

The crowds turned out to watch a very successful horse show with entries from all over the UK, combined with a huge variety of stalls and sideshows.

It was the 45th annual show and Gorefield horse breeder Graham Ward, who has a long association with the show, said: "We had a terrific response from local people and the day went very, very well. The threatened thunderstorm never came and it was an absolutely glorious day.

"We had a lot of help from young people in the village which is very encouraging. They helped us preparing for the show and with the clearing up afterwards."


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Money raised from the show all goes back into the community and has helped to improve many village facilities.

Events began at 8am with a well-supported pony show and this was followed by the majestic heavy horses. Attractions in the main ring then went on to feature carriage driving, a display of vintage machinery and tractors, a grand parade, dance troupe and classic cars and bikes.

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The Kennel Club-registered dog show was also a great success with pedigree and novelty classes.

While many other village shows have ceased to exist, Gorefield has gone from strength to strength with organisers already looking forward to its 50th year.

Mr Ward says the success can be attributed to a number of factors: "We offer reasonable remuneration for those taking part in the horse show, we don't start too early for those who are travelling, and we are very lucky with sponsorship and have lots of support from the village.

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