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Aspall Cyder - Cider and Vinegar

Meet Colony Aspall – the latest addition at the Suffolk Punch Trust

08th July 2014

Cyder House

Around the same time that Clement Chevallier was establishing his orchards here at Aspall Hall, a short distance away at Hollesley Bay near Woodbridge, the Barthorp family was busy setting up the Colony Stud and farm.

Here they introduced the Suffolk Punch Horse in 1759, and remarkably, the horses have been continuously bred on the same site ever since.

We were surprised and honoured when the  Suffolk Punch Trust recently contacted us about naming their latest foal. A gorgeous colt, fathered by their champion stallion Besthorpe Achilles, was born in the early evening of Saturday 7 June to mother Colony Unis. They wanted to call the new foal Colony Aspall – of course we were delighted! It’s fantastic to be involved with this Suffolk institution that’s been around for almost as long as Aspall, and we will definitely be following Colony Aspall’s progress as he grows up! Barry, Henry and I will be visiting the foal over the summer and will post more photos in our gallery soon. 


Suffolk Punches were once commonly used to work the land across Suffolk and Norfolk. Gentle giants, their strength made them the ideal choice for affluent farmers looking for a pure breed horse. They would have towered over the horses that used to pull the original Aspall cyder press!

Similar in appearance to Shire Horses, Suffolk Punches are large and powerful. They come in seven shades of chestnut, or ‘chesnut’ as it was called in Suffolk, and they don’t have the feathering that you see on the legs of Shire Horses.

Today the Suffolk Punch is incredibly endangered, with only around 35 foals in the whole of the UK, making the work of the Suffolk Punch Trust, which has been running the Colony Stud since 2006, crucial to the survival of this majestic breed. As well as breeding the horses, the Trust also aims to promote Suffolk’s history and heritage by conserving native plants and animal breeds and passing the knowledge on via its visitor centre.

The Colony Stud is open to visitors. For more information visit the Suffolk Punch Trust’s website.