About the Suffolk Horse

Suffolk Horse Society


CORONAVIRUS

PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE PLANNING ON KEEPING THE SHS OFFICE MANNED AS NORMAL. HOWEVER, SHOULD YOU BE UNABLE TO GET THROUGH, PLEASE SEE HOW TO GET IN CONTACT BELOW:

Any Membership, Passport or general queries please email:  info@suffolkhorsesociety.org.uk

Foaling or Covering emergencies please phone 07757 995594 or 07764487707

To see the Covid-19 Restrictions for owners of breeding mares and stallions, please follow this link: https://www.suffolkhorsesociety.org.uk/horse-business/covid-19-guidelines/




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

Make a donation

Contact us



Have a look through our pages, and if you can't find the information you need, then feel free to contact the office on 01394 460621 or sec@suffolkhorsesociety.org.uk

See Our Newest Foals

At the Suffolk Horse Society, we are working hard with owners of the Suffolk Horse to encourage breeding in order to increase numbers.

With their hard work, dedication and commitment, we are seeing increasing numbers of foals born each year. In 2019, there were 34 foals in total. From February/March onwards, the first foals start to arrive, and as they do, they will be added to the website.

There are now 32 foals!

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Latest News

First foal born using sexed semen

The Suffolk Horse Society are proud to have been a part of an innovative new project, resulting in the first ever birth of a healthy filly foal from sexed semen.

The future of the Suffolk Horse breed depends on having enough filly foals to keep the breed going, and last year there were 19 colt foals born with only 15 filly foals, in the whole of the UK. Now a filly foal has been born, following an innovative approach using sex sorted sperm to determine the gender. It’s the first time in the world that this technique has been used to support the survival of rare breeds.

With fewer than 72 female Suffolk Punches remaining in the UK of breeding age, every female born is vital to the survival of this endangered and iconic British horse.

Stud Book Now Available

New Stud Book available now. Please call the office on 01394 380643 to buy your copy. £10 + £2 p&p

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CHAIRMAN

"After consulting with all members of the Council, the Executive Committee has, reluctantly, decided that it will not be possible to hold the AGM this year.  This is due to Government restrictions on the holding of meetings which have not been relaxed to the extent that we had hoped.

In place of the AGM we shall hold a meeting of the Council via Zoom on Tuesday 14th July at 6.00 pm.  We shall conduct the formal business normally done at the AGM followed by the business which is normally conducted at the meeting immediately following the AGM.  Trustees will also have the opportunity to raise other business at the end of this meeting.

Regrettably, for similar reasons, it has been decided not to hold the Spectacular this year, nor to put on a display of Suffolk horses at Palace House, Newmarket, in August.

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