Suffolk Horse Society The Charity that cares for the Suffolk Punch Founded 1877
Patron HRH The Princess Royal

Suffolk Young Handler

The Suffolk Young Handler Championship
In a bid to make a more competitive Young  Handlers’ Competition the Society has decided to run a championship for 2016. It will take place at the
Suffolk Foal & Yearling Show date tbc.

Rules and Regulations Qualification
The competition is open to all young handlers aged between 13 and 18 years old, and they will be eligible to qualify at one of the Suffolk Horse Society’s affiliated shows and at the Suffolk Spectacular. One young handler will qualify at each of the shows running a Young Handler class. If the winner has already qualified, qualification will go down the line.

Judges and Judging
The final competition will be judged on the preparation, overall turn out and handling abilities of the young handler. Each entrant will be given two hours to braid and prepare their horse and will then be asked to take the horse into the ring for the class. The judge will be present during this time and points will be awarded for all disciplines.

Foal Watch

To be updated shortly for 2017.

If you have a foal born this year, please send a photograph and a few words on how the foal is doing, to the SHS Office for sharing here.

IMPORTANT - Horse Passports

Attention all Suffolk horse owners.

Is your Equine Passport up to date? UK Equine Passport legislation changed on 1st January 2016.  You MUST tell us IMMEDIATELY if

  • your horse has died and you have not returned the passport
  • if you have bought a horse and not arranged for the passport to be endorsed into your name

Trading standards can fine owners in possession of incorrect passports.  Click here to see the Legal Responsibility of Owners.

Get in touch

Tel: 01394-380643

Latest news



In conjunction with our spring magazine article, we have added a button to take you direct to the Equine Grass Sickness Surveillance reporting page. Please help the monitoring of grass sickness with a view to future prevention. Click on the button.


The dates for this show are Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June 2017 this is a correction to the details shown in the spring issue of the Suffolk Horse Society magazine.

Contact details for the show are:

Ms Kim Austin, Equine Co-ordinator

Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, Norfolk Showground

Telephone: 01603 731963 Email:

 The Royal Welsh Spring Festival on 20th & 21st May, is for the first time holding 2 heavy horse classes; in hand class & ridden heavy horse.

Venue: the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3SY

Contact the show at

 Forms for Turnout Grants now available here!

Turnout Grants

Events Calendar UPDATED for 2017!!

Visit our Events, Calendar page for all events dates & details for 2017. 

Heritage Lottery Fund - New Grant