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

The Society

The Suffolk Horse Society, founded in 1877, is the breed society for the Suffolk Horse, popularly known as the Suffolk Punch.  

The Suffolk Punch is one of the four UK breeds of heavy horse (cart horse or draft horse) Suffolk, Percheron, Shire and Clydesdale.  These horses were the most important and most flexible powerhouse for agriculture and transport.  A whole way of life grew up around them with its own traditions, superstitions and above all, secrets.

The Suffolk Horse Society
- is a registered charity and registered company

- is the breed society for the Suffolk heavy horse and defines the breed standard

- maintains the pedigrees of the UK population (and also of the nucleus populations in Australia and New Zealand)

- publishes the stud book annually, registers animals into the stud book either by birth, by inspection or by a grading up scheme

- inspects and licenses stallions

- provides grants and premiums as a breeding incentive and all Suffolk horse owning Society members, from anywhere in the UK, are eligible to apply for those grants

- issues and registers prefixes/affixes for use by breeders

- promotes ownership of Suffolks by encouraging attendance at shows through offering turnout grants and awards and trophies

- appoints judges who have passed through its probationer scheme to the Suffolk horse judging panel

- provides practical training, open to all, in heavy horse skills

- is a passport issuing organisation recognised by DEFRA


The Suffolk Horse Society is a registered charity and is managed by a body of Trustees, known as the Council, elected from amongst the members at the Annual General Meeting.

The Suffolk Stud Book

The Suffolk Horse Society maintains and operates the Suffolk Stud-book in accordance not only with its own rules but also in accordance with European Commission Decision 96/78/EC laying down criteria for entry and registration of equidae in stud-books for breeding purposes.

Equine Passports Overview

EU and UK legislation requires every equine to have a passport, even if it never leaves the field.


Would all stallion and mare owners make certain that they read the details of the grants and the conditions under which they may be given as published below.

PLEASE NOTE Grants and premiums are payable only

  • to fully paid-up members of the Suffolk Horse Society.
  • in respect of UK registered Suffolk horses.

Payment of grants and premiums is at the discretion of the Council of the Suffolk Horse Society which reserves the right to withdraw or change the terms of grants offered at any time.


The return date for documentation required for grant calculations in all categories as set out above is 1st October 2017 (15th April for copies of stallion swab certificates). Owners may forfeit their grant if the required paperwork is not received by specified date.

 If registration paperwork is not received until 5th November or later the registration fee of £20 will be levied without exception and a fee of £20 will be charged for issue of the passport. If an animal is registered after the end of the year in which it was born it will need to be inspected by two appointed members of the Society's Panel of Judges and this inspection will be at the owner's expense.


A   The Society will not pay grants in respect of the following close kinship matings:

       - Sire covering daughter / Daughter covered by sire

       - Son covering dam / Dam covered by son

       - Full brother covering full sister / Full sister covered by full brother


B   Where a stud owns more than one stallion and uses more than one stallion to cover the same mare during any one year only the first stallion used will be eligible for the stallion owner covering grant for that year.

The Society is very grateful to the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) and to all those supporters who help to raise money for the Society, enabling it to offer breeding grants for 2017.

Heritage - Oral History Project

The Suffolk Horse Society has benefitted from a national initiative by the Heritage Lottery Fund called “All Our Stories” to promote interest by a wide range of people in their local heritage.   The scheme was launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s programme The Great British Story so that community groups can explore and celebrate their local heritage.

Foal Watch

🌝 Welcome to the World 🌝

23/04/17   - Ruby

25/04/17  new birth x 2 advised, details awaited

21/04/17 Farnsfield Fluke

09/04/17  Pickworth Violet

08/04/17   Samford Emerald

04/03/17   Tas Valley Hope's Glory

26/01/17  Bluegum Lady Alice

Please don't forget to notify the SHS Office if you have a Suffolk birth, within a week of the birth, for monitoring of the breed and to receive your Foal Package.

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


Our Suffolks' were very popular at the SAA School Farm & Country Fair Day, Thursday 20th April 2017

Video - SAA School Farm & Country Fair Day

Our new Education Pack was also launched at the event & proved of great interest to teachers & teaching staff

More about the Education Pack coming soon!




Affiliated Shows 2017    

Unaffiliated Shows 2017


Suffolk Spectacular 2017

Sunday 17th September 2017 at Marks Hall, Coggleshall, Essex CO6 1TG

More details will be in the Summer issue of the Society's magazine and here!


 North Carolina young farmer building a successful farm prefers Suffolks




 Click on the image to report a case of 



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 Ms Kim Austin, Equine Co-ordinator, Tel: 01603 731963 Email:

  Forms for Turnout Grants now available here!  Turnout Grants

Heritage Lottery Fund - New Grant