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 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.

2017 Suffolk Spectacular!

View just a few of the images from this year's Spectacular!

Get in touch

Tel: 01394-380643

Latest news

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Calling all Stallion Owners of the UK 

The forms for recording the coverings your stallion has undertaken this season have now been sent out. Please remember to fill them in as soon as possible and return to the SHS Office. 

The deadline for returns is 1st October 2017.

 Australia's Using Science to Increase Suffolk Numbers. 

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  Forms for Turnout Grants now available here!  Turnout Grants

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.