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

Breed Characteristics

ColourChesnut. No other colour is allowed.   Historically 7 shades of chesnut were defined  Dark Liver, Dull Dark, Light Mealy, Red, Golden, Lemon and Bright. However The Society will accept   Liver, Dark, Red, Light, or Bright chesnut.Note   When referring to Suffolk horse chestnut is always spelled chesnut Whole-colour is preferred but a certain amount of white on the face is acceptable. A scattering of silver or white hairs on the body is allowed.  White to the fetlock is allowed but is regarded as a fault and is not acceptable for stallions being used for breeding. Hoof colour is not prescribed so will be either pigmented or unpigmented.
Height Height range at maturity is between 15¾ hands and 17 hands.Note  There are instances of individual animals exceeding 17hh.
HeadBig with broad forehead but elegant, shapely and well proportioned.
EyesWell set, full, bright and intelligent.
NeckDeep in collar tapering gracefully towards the setting of the head.
ShoulderLong and muscular, well thrown back at the withers.
GirthIn proportion to height.
BackWide and level.Graceful outline in back, loin and hind quarters with tail well set up.
Fore-EndBroad in front. Great depth of heart with every appearance of strong constitution.
Hind-QuartersBroad behind with good second thighs
RibsDeep round ribbed from shoulder to flank
LegsLegs short in proportion to body.Fore legs straight. Pasterns well sloping at the same angle as the hoof, big flat knees and long clean hocks on short cannon bones.Elbows turned in are a serious defect as are straight hind legs.
BoneGood flat bone with strength below the knee and hock.
FeetLarge strong feet circular in form protecting the frog. Wide coronet. Strong open heel.   
HairClean legged. Minimal hair allowed at heels
Action – WalkSmart and true. Quick springing action with hocks kept fairly near together.
Action - TrotWell balanced level movement with good straight action.

Foal Watch

🌝 Welcome to the World 🌝

19/05/17 New colt - name awaited

18/05/17 Tas Valley Gina

18/05/17 New filly - name awaited

12/05/17 Holbeache Quill

10/05/17 Farnsfield Fay

07/05/17 Newpole Morpheus

07/05/17  Holbeache Quest

04/05/17 Holbeache Quincy

03/5/17 Ballaseyr Mandy

26/04/17 Colony Dorothy

23/04/17   - Ruby

25/04/17 Euston Sir Percival & Euston Sir Galahad

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


SUFFOLK SHOW - May 31st & June 1st

SHS display times in the new Horse & Country Ring:

Wednesday at 11.00 & Thursday 14.30 (may be subject to change). 

Site Map

Please check the Suffolk Show website on the day



See the East Anglian Daily Times feature on the making of HISTORY! The first Suffolk Horse to be placed in a SHOW JUMPING CLASS at the Woodbridge Horse Show

Information on fees for Registrations, Transfers etc can now be found under Horse Business, Fees... 

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 


Sherborne Castle Country Fair & Rare Breeds Show

29th May 2017

Sherborne Castle, Dorset DT9 5NR

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:

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