Endangered Suffolk Punch Ruby arrives at University's Brackenhurst Campus

An endangered British native breed of heavy draught horse has arrived at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus, where she will be used to train students on a variety of equine courses.

Camera icon
Suffolk Punch Ruby, pictured with NTU student Helena Walker

An endangered British native breed of heavy draught horse has arrived at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus, where she will be used to train students on a variety of equine courses.

Ruby, a two-year-old Suffolk Punch, will be broken in to ride and ‘drive’ – or pull a cart – and will be used to help teach a range of different training methods relating to young horses.

Suffolk Punch horses, which take their name from their strong appearance, were developed as a draught horse for farm work in the early 16th Century, but fell out of favour after the Second World War as agriculture became increasingly mechanised.

Although populations are starting to climb again, there are thought to be fewer than 300 breeding females worldwide.

Ruby, a chestnut-coloured mare, will also be trained for horse-logging – the removal of timber – and the University hopes to show her at county agricultural shows and ploughing matches.

She will be looked after by equine unit staff and students at the Brackenhurst campus, which is home to the University’s School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences (ARES).

She has arrived on loan from Barnsley College, and will remain at the University for at least one year.

  • Notes for editors

    Press enquiries please contact Dave Rogers, Media Relations Manager, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 8782, or via email.

    Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan “Creating the University of the Future” has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally, and Empowering People.

    The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015. It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

Endangered Suffolk Punch Ruby arrives at University's Brackenhurst Campus

Published on 27 May 2016
  • Category: Press; School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418