Meet the Suffolk Punch foal with a royal connection

Sandy and Tom Walne with Heather and her foal, Roger. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sandy and Tom Walne with Heather and her foal, Roger. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk Punch breeder who has been rearing foals for decades celebrated a new arrival this spring and lockdown has provided the perfect time to get to know him.

Sandy and Tom Walne with Heather and her foal, Roger. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sandy and Tom Walne with Heather and her foal, Roger. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Tom Walne is well known across the county, and he has named Whitton Roger after Roger Clark, a dear friend who passed away recently.

The foal born at the beginning of April, has ties to royalty as his aunt Whitton Poppy was generously donated to the Queen for her Golden Jubilee – his mother is Whitton Wild Heather, sister to Poppy.

Tom and his wife Sandy have reared Roger at their home in Westerfield and the foal has been getting plenty of attention during lockdown.

The farmer took part in the Suffolk Show for over 30 years and 2018 was the first year he didn’t show any animals.

Sandy and Tom Walne with Heather and her foal, Roger. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sandy and Tom Walne with Heather and her foal, Roger. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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Sandy and Tom Walne with Heather and her foal, Roger. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sandy and Tom Walne with Heather and her foal, Roger. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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