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Hot weather forces cancellation of horse show's jump events - but Punches turn out in force

PUBLISHED: 15:49 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 23 July 2018

Fram Horse Show 2018 Picture: FAE LOUDOUN

Fram Horse Show 2018 Picture: FAE LOUDOUN

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A historic horse show was forced to cancel events amid hot, dry conditions - but still attracted an impressive array of Suffolk Punches.

Fram Horse Show 2018 Picture: FAE LOUDOUNFram Horse Show 2018 Picture: FAE LOUDOUN

The 124th Framlingham Horse Show took place on Saturday without its jump class events.

Show director Nathan Nobbs said the hard, dry ground, following days of warm weather, made it too dangerous for riders to jump.

“We always want it to be a nice sunny say,” he added. “But the build up had been so hot and dry that we had to call off the jump classes. Despite that, we had a great number of Suffolk Punch entries, with 22 horses and four foals.”

Mr Nobbs said the horses looked “amazing” lined up in front of Framlingham Castle.

Other attractions included the carriage processions from Framlingham College and a special appearance from Easton Harriers.

Organised by the Framlingham Livestock Association, this year’s show president was Jane Sheffield.

Next year’s show is the 125th and is expected to be a particularly special year.

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