November 2016 to November 2017 has seen the births of four new Suffolk Punch foals. These births have once again boosted the tiny population numbers in Australia, after the grievous loss of two stallions, Forgewood Benjamin 8909 in January 2017, in Australia, and Capleach Jackson 8919 in August 2017 in New Zealand.
What is exciting is that three of these births are by Embryo Transfer.
- one stallion in Australia
- five mares: one in New Zealand, four in Australia*
- one filly foal born January 2017 in Australia*
- one gelding in Australia
- one young colt born late 2016 via Embryo Transfer
- one brand new filly foal born 7 November 2017 via Embryo Transfer
- one brand new filly foal born 28th November 2017 via Embryo Transfer
Resurgence of the Suffolk Punch in Australia
Marge and Dennis Candy successfully took up the challenge of returning the breed to Australia with the import from New Zealand of Calcott Virgo 28386 (bred by Mike Ashburn) and the colt Samford Jack 8850 from England. These horses formed the initial Suffolk Punch breeding stock at the Capleach Stud, Inverell, New South Wales.
History was created in 2000 when Capleach Princess Anne 28457 was born; the first pure Suffolk Punch foaled in Australia in at least 50 years. Soon after, Calcott Drift 28432 arrived from New Zealand, followed in later years by Calcott Iolanthe 28514. Forge Wood Benjamin 8908, another stallion from England, also took up residence at Inverell.