Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

Gallery: Canines convene with horses at Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust's family fun horse and dog show.
Tail and Mane class

The Suffolk Punch Trust's family fun horse and dog show. Tail and Mane class

Man’s best friend shared the spotlight with an illustrious equine gathering at the home of the oldest stud farm breeding Suffolk’s famous heavy horse breed.

Visitors to the Suffolk Punch Trust, in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of a family fun horse and dog show this weekend.

It was the second event of its kind at the Trust – dedicated to the preservation of Suffolk Punch horses, which were among the many breeds on show and in friendly competition.

The show was the brainchild of stud manager Tracey Pettitt, whose aim it was to recreate a “traditional fun show” akin to the kind she entered as a child.

Events on the day included fun classes such as ‘best mane and tail’, ‘handsomest gelding’, ‘handy pony/horse’ and gymkhana.

Dog owners also got the chance to enter their four-legged companions – no matter what size, shape or breed – in a variety of classes like ‘waggiest tail’, ‘best trick’ and ‘best rescue’. Some canines could even try their paw at ‘musical sits’, which Miss Pettitt described as a doggy version of musical chairs in which competitors rush to the middle of the show ring and sit their dogs on carpet samples as the music stops. She added: “The whole day is designed for people to have fun. Novice horse riders who might not have top-of-the-range gear can get out there and give it a go.

“We haven’t sat down to count the money pot yet but it certainly seems to have been a success.”

Money raised from the event will go towards the Trust’s work preserving the Suffolk Punch breed.

The owner of a one-year-old tabby cat says she ‘cannot believe that someone would be so cruel’ after her beloved pet was shot twice with an airgun in Ipswich.

The weather may be less than summery at the moment, but one sure indication the season has returned – complaints about roadside verges.

Police are appealing for information to help find a man from the West Bergholt area, near Colchester, in connection with failing to answer bail.

Rail operator Greater Anglia has appealed to people not to block tracks after a scores of incidents of rubbish being hit by their trains across the region.

A man was sprayed with what police think was bleach as he slept on a park bench in Ipswich.

Monday marks the centenary of one of the deadliest battles of the First World War – a battle that left hundreds of thousands of troops dead but no clear victor.

A man is to be sentenced next month after admitting beating up his ex-partner on her birthday and then harassing her.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24