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Debenham/Hollesley Bay: Suffolk Punch Trust foal is named Colony Aspall after cider maker

PUBLISHED: 14:51 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 14:51 15 July 2014

Colony Aspall

Colony Aspall

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Debenham-based cider and vinegar maker Aspall said it was “surprised and honoured” after a Suffolk Punch colt was named in its honour.

Colony AspallColony Aspall

Colony Aspall is the latest addition to the Suffolk Punch Trust’s stud at Hollesley Bay.

Around the same time that Clement Chevallier was establishing his orchards at Aspall Hall, near Debenham, which has remained for eight generations in the same family, a short distance away at Hollesley Bay near Woodbridge, the Barthorp family was busy setting up the Colony Stud and farm. They introduced the Suffolk Punch Horse to the area in 1759, and the horses have been continuously bred on the same site ever since.

“We were surprised and honoured when the Suffolk Punch Trust recently contacted us about naming their latest foal. A gorgeous colt, fathered by their champion stallion Besthorpe Achilles, was born in the early evening of Saturday, June 7, to mother Colony Unis,” said the firm.

“They wanted to call the new foal Colony Aspall. Of course we were delighted. It’s fantastic to be involved with this Suffolk institution that’s been around for almost as long as Aspall, and we will definitely be following Colony Aspall’s progress as he grows up.”

Colony Aspall with mother Colony UnisColony Aspall with mother Colony Unis

Brothers Barry and Henry Chevallier Guild, who run Aspall, will be visiting the foal over the summer.

Barry said: “It’s a real privilege to have a Suffolk Punch named after Aspall.

“You couldn’t get more Suffolk than the Suffolk Punch horse. It’s fantastic to associate our almost 300 year old Suffolk brand with the iconic Suffolk horse and we feel anything we can do to raise the profile of this endangered horse is a good thing.

“We’re delighted and honoured to have the foal named after us.”

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