About the Suffolk Horse
Suffolk Horse Society
The SHS Offices will be closed from 23rd December 2020 - 4th January 2021. Phone messages and emails will not be checked during this time. In emergencies please call 07757 995594. If you have a medical emergency with a horse, please contact your vet.
SUFFOLK PUNCH HORSES
Did you know, the Suffolk horse breed, as we know it today, can be traced back to 1768?
The Suffolk Horse Society (SHS) was founded in 1877 and since then has maintained the stud book and the breed standard. We are the ONLY charity that supports all Suffolk horse owners and breeders.
Suffolk Horses are registered as Critically Endangered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Less than 500 pure bred Suffolk horses are registered in the UK now, making them more endangered that the Giant Panda. The Suffolk Horse Society raise funds to pay for breeding grants, showing grants, and for research into breeding techniques to prevent the breed from dying out.
Traditionally the Suffolk Horse was bred to work the clay soil of East Anglia, but today the Suffolk Horse has become a more versatile breed. It is still used for agricultural work, ploughing and timber hauling, particularly in conservation areas. But it is also shown in-hand and in turnout classes. It is driven in parades, promotions, competitions, and Suffolk horses are increasingly being ridden and even compete in gymkhana and agility!
How can you help?
By becoming a member of the SHS.
Your subscription and donations will help fund what this charity does:
• Pays Breeding Grants to Mare & Stallion Owners.
• Pays Travel Grants to owners to help promote the horse, enabling more people to see these wonderful animals.
• Organises Training days for Members and new owners to help pass on the skills required to manage and work these horses.
• Maintains a bank of frozen semen for future use by breeders worldwide.
• Funds veterinary and scientific work to assist in the breeding of Suffolk Horses.
Become a member