Bugle blows his own trumpet

SEVEN-year-old stallion Kentwell Bugle yesterday claimed the Suffolk Horse supreme championship, beating last year’s winner in the process.

Bugle, owned by Roger Clark, from Stoke-by-Nayland, began a successful day by winning the senior stallion class, ahead of the 10-year-old Euston Malachite, owned by the Countess of Euston.

Last year’s supreme champion, the six-year-old Besthorpe Achilles, owned by Prof David Cadman from Aldeburgh failed to progress by finishing third.

Bugle then claimed the male championship, with reserve spot going to the winning junior stallion, the three-year-old St George’s Kingston, owned by Philip Morley, from Milden, and the same duo went on to take the top two places in the overall championship as well.

Mr Clark acquired Bugle as a three-year-old from Judith Phillips of Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, and uses him for working as well as breeding.

Together with the 10-year-old gelding Block Fen Jester, owned by Mr Clark’s wife, Fiona, which won the best gelding title yesterday, Bugle won the Suffolk Horse Society ploughing championship last year, and he is also a past champion at the Woodbridge and Royal Norfolk shows.

The female championship was won by the nine-year-old mare Auchenhamper Rowanna Ivy, owned by David Sears and based at Rede Hall Farm Park at Rede, near Bury St Edmunds.

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Reserve was the two-year-old filly Samford Tourmaline owned by George Paul from Wherstead, near Ipswich, and sired by champion Kentwell Bugle.