Horseplay without rain is relief for organiser

Marathon carriage driving with driver Simon Juby

Marathon carriage driving with driver Simon Juby

The organiser of a farm open day featuring one of Britain’s rarest heavy horses said his personal highlight was ‘seeing the first person through the gates’.

Gateridge Suffolks Open Day was a chance for people to see Suffolk Punches in action.

Demonstrations at Gateridge Farm in Croughton included harnessing, braiding and muck spreading which ran throughout the event on Sunday.

Brackley Morris Men performed for the crowds and money raised supported the Suffolk Horse Society and Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Organiser Andrew Thompson said everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and after fearing the worst with the weather forecast, he said his personal highlight was ‘seeing the first person come through the gates’.

He said: “We were very fortunate with the weather. I had a number of sleepless nights thinking all our efforts will be washed down the drain but we were lucky.

“Numbers were slightly down on last year but there was still about 500 or 600 people. A lot of people leaving were saying to the guys on the gates what a wonderful day it was.”

Mr Thompson said he will look to add to the number of exhibitors for next year’s event - which will take place on the same Sunday - but he wants to stay true to the format so will not be introducing any ‘fairgrounds or car boot stalls’.

He said: “I want to thank my family and close friends, I counted 20 of them who helped – without them, it would have been very, very difficult to organise and run it.”




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