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2018 Grants - Details shown below and in the Spring edition of the SHS magazine.

All Stallion & Mare owners - please be sure to read the details below in respect of the grants and the conditions under which they may be given, before viewing the specific grant sections:

Grants and premiums are payable only

  • to fully paid-up members of the Suffolk Horse Society.
  • in respect of UK registered pure-bred 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 Society is extremely 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 2018.


The return date for documentation required for grant calculations in all categories is 1st October 2018.  Owners may forfeit their grant if the required paperwork is not received by the specified date.  

If registration paperwork is not received until 2nd 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. 

Foal Watch

🌝 Welcome to the World 🌝

22/02/17 Colony Eli - foal - see his photos on slideshow above!

06/03/18 Tas Valley Honor - filly 




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 breedm, to receive your Foal Package & be eligible for appropriate grants.

Send a photograph and a few words on how the foal is doing to the SHS Office for sharing here.

26th National Equine Forum

On 8th March 2018, the 26th National Equine Forum took place, providing a conference dedicated to the disseminating and discussion of information in respect of all matters equine. This year, acting in his capacity as Heavy Horse Ambassador for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, our very own Nigel Oakley provided the delegates food for thought with his presentation 'Heavy Horses: Use Us or Lose Us'.

Here we provide links to

The RBST Heavy Horse Breeds presentation film:

A podcast of Nigel Oakley discussing Heavy Horse Breeds and their plight, created for the Forum:

The National Equine Forum livestream pages (for replaying):

HBLB 2018 Codes of Practice

For immediate release, Wednesday 6 December 2017
Horserace Betting Levy Board Publishes Codes of Practice for 2018
The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has published the 40th edition of the Codes of Practice on equine disease, in preparation for the 2018 equine breeding season.

This will be available online only at

The online version may be accessed as a full document or as separate sections. It may be downloaded in pdf format for printing or viewing offline.
The free app, EquiBioSafe, will be updated shortly to reflect the latest amendments to the Codes.

Applying to all breeds of horse and pony, and to both natural mating and AI, the Codes are an essential guide for the prevention and control of equine diseases which represent a potential major threat to equine breeding:
• Contagious equine metritis (CEM)
• Equine viral arteritis (EVA)
• Equine herpesvirus (EHV)
• Equine coital exanthema (ECE)
• Equine infectious anaemia (EIA)
• Dourine
• Guidelines on strangles
• Guidelines on artificial insemination (AI)
For each disease there are sections which describe transmission and clinical signs, as well as advice on prevention, diagnosis and control of infection. The Codes explain the notification requirements that apply for the four diseases that are notifiable by law: CEM, EVA, EIA and dourine.
The Codes of Practice are reviewed annually by an expert Sub Committee of HBLB’s Veterinary Advisory Committee. The Sub Committee includes representatives of:
• Thoroughbred breeders in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy
• The non-thoroughbred sector
• Defra
• Equine veterinary practitioners
• Scientists expert in infectious disease.
Rob van Pelt, Chairman of the Codes of Practice Sub Committee, said:
“The 2018 version includes a couple of key additions: an explanation of the new arrangements for
managing any CEM outbreak, as agreed between the industry and Defra; and advice to stallion
owners on what to do while the supply of Equip Artervac is suspended.
“One further change is that the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has taken over
responsibility for administering the Laboratory Registration Scheme. Labs will know this already.
Mare owners should be aware that Mare Certificates will be available to download from
“2017’s outbreak in a training yard of EHV-1 in its neurological form served to remind us of the
importance of vigilance. Sadly one horse died, but the situation could have been far worse if the
right containment practices had not been put in place as quickly as possible.
“This is what the Codes are for. Infectious disease is an ever-present risk and it is in all our interests
to work together and comply with the recommendations in the Codes.”
Further details on recent and current research on equine infectious diseases are available at
For further information please contact Annie Dodd, HBLB Grants Manager, by email at or by direct telephone on 020 7504 4014.

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Woodbridge Show 7th May 2018

Schedule now available from SHS office

Please Note: The Royal Norfolk Show dates are 27th & 28th  June 2018, Tel 01603 731963 for Equine Entries, E-mail: These are corrections to the information shown in our Spring magazine. 

Horserace Betting Levy Board Publishes Codes of Practice for 2018

The Codes are an essential guide for the prevention and control of equine diseases threatening equine breeding.
The SHS recommends that all Suffolk owners/breeders familiarise themselves with the new code - see our website main panel, in order to read the HBLB's full press release and provided links.

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Attention all Suffolk horse owners.

Is your Equine Passport up to date? It is a UK LEGAL requirement to 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.