Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grrrrrr...... :-(

My good friend Kelly Wallace, who I recently blogged about in her comeback at Midsouth, has suffered the agonizing tragedy of the burglary of almost all of her tack from her private barn last night. Next to the loss of a horse, I fear the theft of my tack constantly (I'd be gutted over losing even a hoofpick, much less the items to the extent that Kelly has been robbed). I've reprinted below a full list of her missing tack. If everybody in the Tennessee/Kentucky/Georgia/Alabama area could please keep your eyes peeled, spread the word, and contact the officer given in her message if you come across anything, then perhaps Kelly can recover SOMETHING from this. I find it odd that they left her dressage saddle, but took a BoB bucket. I'm not sure where her gear will end up or who the culprit might be, but I hope maybe my Craigslist-obsessed friends might keep a watch there, as well. I'd love for Kelly to not just find her tack, but to also see the thief get his/her just deserts. There is a special place in the not-so-pleasant-hereafter for the person(s) responsible for this. 

From Kelly:

The following tack and horse equipment items were stolen from a private barn in Loudon County, TN likely in the early morning hours on 8/1/2011. Everything taken was english tack, all of high quality, all in very good to exceptional condition when it was stolen from my farm. These are items that I have worked for years to accumulate, and all of my competition gear was stolen. This is a partial list, as I am still discovering things missing. Please watch Craigslist in your area, classifed ads, and keep an eye open at local horse/tack sales and such. If you see or hear of someone selling high-end tack who clearly doesn’t know much about it, that may be an indicator that it is stolen. Any potential sightings please contact me, Kelly Wallace, at 865-368-4046 or LCSD Investigator Charlie Cosner at 865-986-482.

• Stubben Siegfried VSS jumping saddle, 17.5” seat, 32 cm tree (17.5 and 32 stamped under right flap), dark brown, made in Switzerland, late model with blue dots and smooth knee pads. When stolen had matching Stubben stirrup leathers with metal blue dots and traditional stainless steel stirrup irons with black gripper pads
• Harry Dabbs Euro (stamped in side of browband) figure-eight noseband bridle, dark brown, cob size, made in England, when stolen had a 5 ¾” three-ring French link elevator bit and rubber reins.
• Dover Showmark flash noseband bridle, dark brown, cob size, brass hardware, cob size, when stolen had a 5” Waterford bit and Stubben rubber reins.
• Courbette dressage bridle, flash noseband, black, cob size, red Courbette emblem on one side of browband, when stolen had 5 ½” baucher bit and laced reins.
• Dark brown bridle, plain raised noseband, cob size, no markings, when stolen had a 5 ¾” loose ring wonder bit and laced reins.
• Shires flash noseband bridle with reins, horse size, brand new in the package.
• Shires flash noseband bridle, cob size, brand new in the package
• Dark brown stirrup leathers, dark brown, made in England, new with tags, can’t recall maker.
• Nunn Finer traditional hunting breastplate, dark brown, cob size, brass hardware.
• Heritage rubber lined reins, dark brown, may be stamped Heritage or made in England.
• Barnsby leather split-end overlay girth, size 50, elastic on one end, medium brown, made in England.
• Professional’s Choice neoprene girth, elastic on both ends, brown, size 50”
• Professional’s Choice neoprene girth, elastic on both ends, black, size 48”
• Whitman leather overlay girth, dark brown, elastic one end, size 46”.
• Weaver leather chafeless girth, dark brown, elastic on one end, size 50”.
• Barnstable leather dressage girth, elastic on both ends, black, size 22”.
• Two (2) Wintec elastic girths, black neoprene, not sure of sizes but believe one was a 22” and one was a 24”.
• Myler MB02 comfort snaffle, loose ring, 5 ½”.
• Several miscellaneous bits, all some sort of snaffle mouthpiece (either single-jointed or French-link), probably a couple of two or three ring elevator bits, maybe a Dee ring.
• Three (3) Tipperary Sportage helmets of varying models, all carbon gray, all are either size small or extra small.
• International skull cap with custom Sipps Silks nylon cover, black with red chevrons, helmet size 6 7/8.
• Charles Owen Hampton black velvet helmet, tan Pittards leather harness, size 6 ¾. When stolen was in a Charles Owen helmet case, black nylon/cordura exterior with purple quilted satin lining.
• FTE open-front jumping boots, black leather, neoprene lining, size 2, made in Italy, four straps with buckles. Pair.
• N.E.W. Equine Wear Lightweight Competition boots (cross-country boots with the hard shell tendon guard), size medium, black cordura type exterior, green tags, orthopedic foam/neoprene lining. Pair.
• N.E.W. Equine Wear Lightweight Competition boots (cross-country boots with the hard shell tendon guard), size medium, black smooth nylon type exterior, green tags, orthopedic foam/neoprene lining. Pair. Probably a tad dirty from a recent x-c run.
• Woof Wear traditional brushing boots, black, four-strap model. Pair. Probably a tad dirty from a recent x-c run.
• All Sport Boots (like Dressage Sport Boots but with neoprene lining), black, probably have a bit of Kentucky Horse Park arena dust on them. One pair of large, were stolen, and only a single medium boot (they left the fourth boot).
• Woof Wear cross-country boots, black fuzzy exterior, wide straps, medium. Pair.
• Grand Prix open front boots, black leather, made in Italy. Pair.
• Crosby brown leather hind galloping boots, neoprene lined. Pair.
• Champion pillow wraps, white, 12” and 14”, flannel lined, set of three (they left one behind), a little dirty from a recent trip.
• Black standing wraps, set of four, not rolled, a little dirty from a recent trip.
• Two (2) Rambo Horsewear poly pad type saddle pads, both black, both were used on day of theft so one may have gray hair, one may have dark palomino hair, both may have light sweat marks.
• Equine Textiles (may not be marked as such) quilted dressage pad, faded navy blue.
• Dover Rider’s International fleece cooler, full tapered neck, navy with hunter and white binding.
• Horseware Ireland cotton cooler, light blue with grey trim and tail cord.
• Baker sheet (yes, the real deal, not a fake one), size 78-80”
• Pair of ground driving lines, off white thick nylon with rolled black ends, brass snaps, black buckle.
• Red lunge line with black leather hand stops, may have a tag that says Practical Choice.
• Red lunge line, plain red, snap end.
• Veterinary kit, small plastic tote with VET KIT written on top. Contains stethoscope, equine thermometer, injectable Banamine, syringes, bandaging supplies, etc.
• Flambeau step stool with internal compartment. Contained miscellaneous stabling supplies for travel such as bucket hooks, screw eyes, extra snaps, a hammer, duct tape, etc.
• White bucket with Bit of Britain Saddlery logo in blue, contains multiple horse bathing supplies such as Vetrolin Bath, Quic Silver, Quic Condition 1, Eqyss Survivor Detangler, Cowby Magin Green Spot Remover, etc.
• Red bucket that says something to the effect of “Bathing Only” and is labeled with either Schaffer or Wallace. At the time it was stolen it contained a partial gallon of Vetrolin liniment, a large sponge, and a sweat scraper.
• Bucket of tack cleaning supplies containing Lexol Wipes, bit wipes, Oakwood cleaner, Oakwood conditioner, and tack sponges. Items were in a Nicker Makers bucket.


What I am is a......Good Southern Girl said...

I will watch CL, but you may want to also check out Tack Trader and Bits & Barter. This kind of thing just makes me sick and worries me too!

Barbara said...

OMG! I can't imagine losing all that! Check advertised garage sales also to see if they mention tack. How could somebody think they could just sell some of that - unless they are in horses, what an awful thought. We had a big theft at a barn I was at years ago, but all they took was saddles, and they got caught selling them at a garage sale and trying to pawn some.

Holly Ratcliff said...

Bits & Barter and pawn shops. I hadn't thought about either of those, but I'll start stalking ads or notices for what I can access online to help Kelly cover as much ground as possible. Thanks for these great suggestions! I'm just still so shocked and sorry for her. Very unfair.....