It seems that theft, like fashion, goes in a cycle. We have had the ‘Year of the Cat’ when catalytic convertors where the top choice for some thieves, then we had lead and scrap metal stolen to order – now it seems the equestrian community is the target for these light fingered pests.
Riders are being urged to keep a watch for cut-price tack being offered after around £15,000 of equipment had been stolen from a riding centre on the Hampshire/Surrey border, home to 50 horses. The thieves’ haul included 40 saddles, nearly 50 bridles and a £11,000 John Deere gator. Determined thieves broke into locked shipping containers where the tack was being stored, breaking through MOD locked gates on the adjacent land to make their escape – using the stolen gator.
The thieves emptied two tack containers and left behind only a few synthetic saddles. A number of competition saddles were taken, amongst them a Equipe Emporio worth around £2,000, an Albion dressage saddle valued at £1,800 and a number of Kent & Master even saddles worth over £1,000 each. There appears to be little hope of these items being recovered – even though many of the items had been marked at a crime prevention day.
Someone, somewhere is being offered a saddle worth around £1,500 for probably next to nothing: hopefully they will report it to the police. Check you have good security at your stables and areas where tack and equipment is stored. Give us a call at Westhill, we can offer professional and friendly advice for all forms of equestrian insurance. It seems that yards are being targeted at the moment, so don’t delay, get professional advice from Westhill. Remember also to make sure you have sufficient insurance cover for all your tack and equipment – as well as your horses.