Trust celebrates first foal of year

VISITORS to a new tourist attraction in Suffolk will be able to see a newborn Suffolk Punch foal.

The youngster, who has not been given a name yet, was born last week and is the first new foal at the Suffolk Punch Trust’s Colony Stud in 2010.

Born late on Thursday night to Imogen, a visiting Suffolk Punch mare from Northern Ireland, the filly foal was enjoying the warm weather in the paddocks over the weekend.

The sire is Besthorpe Achilles, one of the stallions at the Colony Stud, and this is Imogen’s second filly foal.

Tracey Pettitt, head groom at the trust, said the as-yet-unnamed filly foal would stay with its mother until she is weaned at about six months.

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She said: “She is a lovely foal and Imogen gave birth to her without any problems as she is a very calm horse.”

The Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley Bay, near Woodbridge, is currently open from 10am to 4pm, six days a week.

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