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Princess Anne to visit Suffolk Punch Trust, in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, in nod to equine roots





Princess Anne will visit the Suffolk countryside tomorrow in a nod to her equine roots.

The Princess Royal, a patron of the Suffolk Horse Society, will stop by at the Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley, near Woodbridge.

She had previously donated to the trust in 2006 to help it raise money to buy its Colony Stud and Farm.

Princess Anne will visit The Suffolk Punch Trust, in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, tomorrow. Picture: Mark Westley
Princess Anne will visit The Suffolk Punch Trust, in Hollesley, near Woodbridge, tomorrow. Picture: Mark Westley

Princess Anne has a long history in equestrianism, winning the individual eventing title at the European Eventing Championship in 1971 and competing at the 1976 Olympic Games at Montreal.

The Princess Royal last visited the county in March, opening the combined fire and police station in Princes Street, Ipswich, as well stopping off at Southwold to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Adnams.

The Suffolk Punch was first introduced to the Hollesley Estate in 1759 by the Barthrop family, and they have been bred on the farm continuously since.

Princess Anne had previously visited Newmarket in the county. Picture Mark Westley
Princess Anne had previously visited Newmarket in the county. Picture Mark Westley
The Princess Royal will visit The Suffolk Punch Trust in a nod to her equine roots.
The Princess Royal will visit The Suffolk Punch Trust in a nod to her equine roots.

The trust will reopen to the public in just over a month, on March 29, when visitors can take tours around the farm and learn about its history and heritage.

Guests can also watch stable demonstrations, where experts show visitors how to braid a horses main and put it into a harness, among other things.