July 2016

SAA Autumn Horse Show Returns for Second Year

The Suffolk Agricultural Association is pleased to announce that following the success of last year’s Autumn Horse Show, the 2016 event will be held on Sunday 11th September.  Championed and organised by members of the Suffolk Show team, the event will, once again, be a fundraiser to support the SAA’s educational initiatives, principally the School Farm and Country Fair. 

The first Show was very well received, attracting over 350 entries.  A good attendance on the day and generous support from sponsors resulted in £3,500 being raised. The School Farm and Country Fair is the SAA’s principle education event and aims to promote awareness of key aspects of food production, farming and the countryside amongst seven to nine year olds.  Children attend with their schools free of charge and it is the Association’s aim that every primary school child in Suffolk should be able to attend the event on at least one occasion.  The cost for schools to attend is free and they also receive a grant towards their transport costs.  4,500 children take part each year, with a long waiting list for places.

The aim of the Autumn Horse Show is to give the local equestrian community the opportunity to ride in the ‘famous’ Suffolk Show rings.  Created to give amateur riders, of all levels, a chance to compete, the schedule will include classes for showing, jumping, dressage and working hunters.  There will be qualifying classes including a Direct Qualifier for the Veteran Horse Society Supreme Final, Equifest, and the Side Saddle Association.  A number of fun novelty classes will complete the equestrian mix.  SAA members will also receive a discounted entry fee. 

A review of last year’s classes, resulted in alteration to the schedule to offer more in-hand classes and Championships throughout the day with a supreme championship at the end of the Showing competitions.

The Schedule is available online on the SAA website, www.suffolkshow.co.uk/AutumnHorseShow and www.horsedates.co.uk  and other equestrian outlets and Shows across the county.  There are over 70 classes including showing, show jumping, working hunter, dressage, side saddle, miniature ponies and foreign breeds.  There will also be starter classes for novice riders, family ponies and children’s classes. 

The organisers are extremely grateful to all the sponsors who have helped to make this event possible, particularly Gotelee Solicitors, who have supported the event as principal sponsor. Entries close on 2 September 2016 and discounted entry fees are available until this date.  Late entries will be accepted on the day at an increased fee.

Trinity Park Hosts Archant Business Awards

Trinity Park hosted the 2016 Archant Business Awards in the Conference and Event Centre.  The Trinity Park catering team also provided the dinner for the 300 guests attending the annual celebration of business excellence. C & K Meats were presented with the Food and Farming Excellence award, sponsored by Suffolk Agricultural Association, with the award presented by 2016 President Elect Lord Iveagh.

Water Conference

A one day conference to highlight the importance of reliable water sources for crop irrigation was held by at Wantisden Hall Farm organised by the East Suffolk Water Abstractors Group and supported by the Suffolk Agricultural Association. The conference included presentations and a farm tour as well as the chance for discussion and debate around this important issue.

Chaired by Sir Edward Greenwell, former CLA President, speakers included Douglas Inglis of Velcourt Farming, NFU National Water Resources Specialist, Paul Hammett, Jane Burch from Holistic Water Project Management and Mark Pettigrew of PEPSICO.  It was attended by local politicians, council leaders and members of the farming community.


SAA Agricultural Awards

Since it began four years ago, the annual agricultural awards dinner has grown to become a must-do occasion in the Association’s calendar. The success of the black-tie event has led to an increase in entries for both the Suffolk Farm Business Competition and the Best Alternative Land Enterprise Award.  Judging is now complete for the Farm Business Competition, however entry details for the BALE award will be available in August. 


For further information please contact Brigit Parker