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Visitors flock to Ampton point-to-point racecourse, near Bury St Edmunds, for 135th South Suffolk Show





The sun shone on Ampton as one of the major events in the region’s annual calendar was held yesterday.

The 135th South Suffolk Show drew thousands of visitors through the gates at Ampton point-to-point racecourse, near Bury St Edmunds – and SuffolkNews photographer Mecha Morton was there to capture the day.

A packed timetable of events was on offer, with HOH Equine team performing in the grand ring with a skilled team of performance horses and riders demonstrating dressage, liberty, stunt and trick riding, and JPL Shetland Pony Racing provided a spectacle of speed.

HOH Equine at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
HOH Equine at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
HOH Equine at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
HOH Equine at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
HOH Equine at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
HOH Equine at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
HOH Equine at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
HOH Equine at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton

Outside the ring, attractions included farriers in the forge, working gun dogs, racing terriers, farm machinery new and old, the Ferretworld Roadshow and the Sheep Show, with dancing sheep.

An art and craft marquee, trade stands and food hall were also on site; sheep, pigs, cattle and horses competed for rosettes; while a dog show was a hit.

RAF Honington Station Commander Max Hayward was show president this year, with the RAF sanctioning a Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast and the Royal Air Force Falcons Parachute Display Team dropping in.

The Ketley Siblings with their herd: Josh, 11, Ben, 13, and Lotti, seven. Picture: Mecha Morton
The Ketley Siblings with their herd: Josh, 11, Ben, 13, and Lotti, seven. Picture: Mecha Morton
Ivan Sviatkin, a Ukrainian refugee who has been living in Suffolk since August 2022, supported by Diane Knights and Suffolk County Council, enjoying the day. Picture: Mecha Morton
Ivan Sviatkin, a Ukrainian refugee who has been living in Suffolk since August 2022, supported by Diane Knights and Suffolk County Council, enjoying the day. Picture: Mecha Morton
Lottie Kettley, seven, at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
Lottie Kettley, seven, at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
The King family at the South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
The King family at the South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show 2024. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
Darcy and Theo Hastings, aged seven and three, at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
Darcy and Theo Hastings, aged seven and three, at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
Battle of Britain display at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton
Battle of Britain display at the South Suffolk Show. Picture: Mecha Morton

A fun fair completed the list of attractions.

This year’s show, organised by the South Suffolk Agricultural Association, featured more spectator-friendly rings and a new traffic flow plan.