September 2016

Second SAA Horse Show Hailed a Success

The Suffolk Agricultural Association held its second Autumn Horse Show at Trinity Park on Sunday 11th September.   A perfect autumn morning greeted competitors with bright sunshine and continued throughout the day which attracted 300 entries.   The event was supported by Gotelee Solicitors as principal sponsor for the second year running.

The Show attracted entrants from across the region, with local, amateur riders given a unique opportunity to compete in the ‘famous’ Suffolk Show rings.  The Show is held to raise funds for the SAA’s educational activities, principally the School Farm and Country Fair.  Held in April every year, 4000 key stage one pupils attend Trinity Park, for a mini Suffolk Show, where they learn in a fun and interactive way about the food and farming industry in Suffolk. 

A review of last year’s classes, resulted in alterations to the schedule to offer more in-hand classes and new championship classes amongst the 70 classes including showing, show jumping, working hunter, dressage, side saddle and foreign breeds.  The championships were held throughout the day with a Supreme Championship at the end of the day which went to side-saddle rider, Sue Vincent (pictured).  

The event was organised by the team behind the Suffolk Show.  Phillip Ainsworth, Chief Executive of the Suffolk Agricultural Association, commented: “We are extremely grateful to everyone who came and supported this event and to our judges, course builders and stewards who volunteered their time to help make this Show such a success.  We are delighted how popular the event has become and the number of competitors exceeded our expectations.  The team behind the Show worked tirelessly to ensure that the event ran smoothly and presented the rings to a very high standard and we are very grateful to Gotelee Solicitors for sponsoring the event once again.

We plan to run the event again in 2017 on Sunday 10 September so make this a date for your diary.  We will also be looking at some new classes which we will tell people about nearer the time.  Finally, our thanks to the equestrian community for all your support.”


Harvest Festival

Suffolk Harvest Festival will take place on 9th October at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.  The annual harvest service takes place at 3.30pm.  Prior to that, the Cathedral is filled with seasonal displays and Suffolk Market Events will be staging a farmers market on the Angel Hill full of local produce. 

During the service, the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s Long Service Awards will honour those who have devoted many years to the industry.  A display of agriculturally themed artwork will be provided by the finalists of the Suffolk Farming School of the Year.  Suffolk Harvest Festival is organised by Suffolk Agricultural Association, National Farmers Union, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Young Farmers and the Country Land and Business Association.


Armed Forces Covenant

The Suffolk Agricultural Association has been awarded a Bronze Award under the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.  A national scheme, the Armed Forces Covenant recognises those organisations who provide support and welcome to the armed forces community.  The SAA’s Bronze Award is in recognition of the welcome given to Military personnel at the annual Suffolk Show, show tickets which are donated to armed forces families and the Military Zone.  It also recognises that, as an employer, the SAA is forces friendly employing veterans and reservists.