About the Society

The Suffolk Horse Society, founded in 1877, is the breed society for the Suffolk Horse, popularly known as the Suffolk Punch. 

Ploughing Suffolks c. 1920s

Ploughing Suffolks c. 1920s

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


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Patron: Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal

Vice-Patron: The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk

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. Elected members serve for a four year term at the end of which they may seek re-election. The Society has a President who is chosen annually by the AGM and who serves for one year. The President is supported by a President Elect, who is also chosen by the AGM, and who takes on the presidency on an annual rolling basis.

The Officers and Council of the Suffolk Horse Society

Chairman: Mr Mark Donsworth 
Vice-Chairman: Mrs Gail Sprake
President:  Mrs Fiona Fleming 
President Elect: Mary Ryder -Davies
Retiring President: Mrs L Hoskins
Treasurer: Mr Alan Hawes

Company Secretary: Mrs Gail Sprake

Mr Mark Donsworth - SHS Chairman

Mr Mark Donsworth – SHS Chairman

Council Members:

Neil Adams

Fred Barrelet
Alison Clarke
Charles Cooke
Mark Donsworth
Lady Clare Euston
John Fleming
Cheryl Grover
Alan Hawes
Jeff Hallett
Frank Kinge
John Latham
Nigel Murfitt
George Paul
George Pratt
Jonathan Purse
Paul Smith
Chris Spalding
Gail Sprake
Neil Syrett
Sue Wager