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The AGM takes place on April 20th 2024.
Nominations are invited for election to Suffolk Horse Society Council from the 2024 AGM. There are six vacancies.
Further details and a Council Election form are available here.
Please note that completed election forms must be submitted to the office by post, and the closing date for receipt of applications is noon on March 8th 2024.
The Society has taken the decision to clarify the passporting of Suffolk horses to make it clearer for all who own or sell or purchase a Suffolk.
All pure breed Suffolk horses entered into the main section of the Stud Book will carry a green passport cover going forward.
An international registered Suffolk horse or an eligible part breed Suffolk horse will carry a brown passport cover.
Any animals still holding the original white passport or burgundy passport cover please return them to the office as these need the paperwork updating, as they are out of date.
Please call the office so they are aware that your passport is on its way, and please post by recorded delivery.
PLEASE NOTE: These updates will be done free of charge. Any blue passport covers can also be sent in to have the cover changed but these do hold the correct documentation papers.
The 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Suffolk Horse Society took place on April 22nd and we would like to provide an update for all members. The following six members were successful in the election and will now take their place on Council: Mrs Lawrence Hoskins
Mr Frank Kinge
Mr John Latham
Mr Bruce Langley McKim
Mr George Pratt
Mr Chris Spalding Mrs Mary Ryder-Davies was welcomed as President, and Mr Neil Syrett as President Elect. At the meeting of Council following the AGM, Mr Mark Donsworth stood down from the role of Chairman after completing three years in the chair. Ms Sue Wager was unanimously elected as Chairman of Council. Mrs Gail Sprake was returned as Vice Chairman of Council. Mr Alan Hawes remains the Honorary Treasurer. A more detailed report on the Annual General Meeting will be included in the summer edition of the Suffolk Horse Society magazine.
The Suffolk Horse Society ‘Van’ was ready for the start of the show season and is already a seasoned traveller. Belinda and the van are travelling to many areas across the country, supporting owners displaying and showing their Suffolks, raising awareness and spreading the word.
We are in the process of updating the Society’s website so that all information is up to date and relevant.
We plan to provide information on upcoming events as soon as this is available, so please do keep an eye on the website for the latest information.
Similarly, if you spot any errors or inaccuracies please let the office know and we can make the necessary amendments.
Office phones are manned between 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday. If you do not receive an answer please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we can.
Tel no: 01394 380643
The phone will be answered between 9am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday
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 on the Priority list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust,making them critically endangered. 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.