Suffolk Show: Fleming family’s Eyke Samphire retains Suffolk horse title

Suffolk horse judging in the President's Ring at the Suffolk Show.

Suffolk horse judging in the President's Ring at the Suffolk Show. - Credit: Lucy taylor

Ten-year-old mare Eyke Samphire today won the Suffolk horse supreme championship for the second year running as the Fleming family, from Eyke, near Woodbridge, added to their already substantial collecton of rosettes.

It is the fourth supreme championship in all at the breed’s county show for Eyke Samphire, who earlier won the female championship and the class for mares with foal at foot.

Not to be outdone, her foal, the filly Eyke Seasprite, also won her class, and Eyke Samphire also teamed up the Fleming’s six-year-old mare Eyke Harvest Delight to win the pairs class.

The Flemings own a total of seven Suffolk horses, five of which were at the show today, with Eyke Harvest Delight’s colt foal Eyke Lord Nelson and the three-year-old filly Eyke Genesis completing the line-up.

Reserve to Eyke Samphire for the female championship was the 12-year-old mare Easton Jubilee Pearl, owned by Gill Buckle, from Nedging, near Hadleigh.

And reserve spot in the supreme championship went to the seven-year-old gelding Eyke Sir Winston, bred by the Flemings and now owned by Glenn Cass from Greenstead Green, near Halstead.

Eyke Sir Winston, who was also named best gelding at last year’s Suffolk Show, faced strong competition in retaining title, with a total of 15 entries received across the two gelding classes this year.

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The winner of the junior gelding class, for two- and three-year-olds was Weylands Farm Gifford, owned by Roger Clark from Stoke-by-Nayland.

In contrast, the stallion classes proved a disappointment with only one of the four entrants forward on the day, the nine-year-old Besthorpe Achilles, owned by Prof David Cadman from Aldeburgh and based at the Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley.