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West Coast Olympic Trials Riders Equipment STOLEN!!!! PASSPORTS!!

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  • West Coast Olympic Trials Riders Equipment STOLEN!!!! PASSPORTS!!

    Just got this via email from iJump Sports...getting the word out.

    Olympic Trials Riders Equipment STOLEN!!!!!!

    March 27, 2012

    ALERT ALERT - PLEASE KEEP A LOOK OUT!

    While preparing to leave Wellington to return home to California, two of our West Coast Olympic Trials riders had their equipment stolen just minutes before loading the horses headed for the flight home. PASSPORTS ARE GONE ALSO!!!

    Driveways are not designed for the big horse vans, so horses are loaded on the vans right out front of the farms bordering the Wellington show grounds. Equipment is brought to the street and grooms go back up the driveway to get the horses. This equipment was set at the end of the driveway ready for shipping. Take from Jennifer Crooks facility on Equestrian Drive......

    When the van showed up just a few minutes later...IT WAS ALL GONE!!

    STOLEN FROM RICH FELLERS:
    2 Fellers Show Trunks+
    1 Antares Saddle
    2 Antares bridles
    2 Antares breast plates
    2 pair of mens show boots
    1 Antares helmet - black w/USA flag
    misc show and set up equipment
    FLEXIBLE'S PASSPORT + COGGINS + HEALTH PAPERS !!

    STOLEN FROM KARL COOK:
    2 Cook/Ostby Show Trunks WITH Willow Tree covers
    2 Antares Saddles
    3 Bridles
    3 pair mens show boots
    **Unique special designed SPURS!
    misc show and set up equipment
    JONHKEER Z AND ASB CONQUISTADORS PASSPORTS + COGGINS + HEALTH PAPERS !!
    GUY THOMAS GOLF CLUBS

    "Every single thing that has to do with taking horses all the way across the country for these Trials," said Guy Thomas. "Done in broad daylight at about noon, right in front of the barn. Had to have been SO well organized and thought out and we just happened to be the barn they got!! THEY TOOK EVERYTHING! We ended up with the horses and their halters...period, that was all"

    IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE PLEASE CALL THE POLICE IN WELLINGTON (561-688-3000)

    OR YOUR LOCAL AREA POLICE IMMEDIATELY...

    OR reply to this email for confidentiality.
    ijumpsports@aol.com
    Cloverfox Stables

  • #2
    They left everything sitting on the side of the road and didn't leave someone there to watch it???? Seriously??? Wow.

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    • #3
      That's just awful. I hope the things can be found.
      Last edited by Happyhooves; Mar. 27, 2012, 10:25 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by fourmares View Post
        They left everything sitting on the side of the road and didn't leave someone there to watch it???? Seriously??? Wow.
        Yeah, especially since the same thing happened at the beginning of WEF in almost exactly the same way. Still, that is no excuse for such criminal behavior, we need to place the blame on the thieves and not the victims.

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        • #5
          It has happened before, and, there is no excuse for thievery.

          Times have changed and unfortunatly we must now think as thieves, to stay ahead of them.

          I am happy to live in a place where there is little crime, however it seems only a matter of time...

          In an area where there is so much weath apparent, this, targeted crime, seems to be the new thing. Of course the people who know what is worth taking may well have "insider knowledge" not of the stable, but of the industry.

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          • #6
            Historically, the last week of WEF (or probably any long circuit) is a time when you really have to keep a close eye on your equipment, as so many people are packing up and leaving town.

            However, this approach is really a new low.

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            • #7
              If the showgrounds hadn't been eaten up by poor planning, selling off land, and ridiculous flower and tree plantings, the would be sufficient room. Where is security ?
              Is there any ?
              It is just another case of poor planning by the owners and investors who are more interested profit than safe stabling and safe showing for the horses.
              Too bad that favorite equipment and passports missing and most likely will never be seen again.
              WEF never was like that SJ was there - they cared about the horses and exhibitors.

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              • #8
                Holy cow, I didn't realize peoplem had such gall to just walk up and take away trunks from well regarded equestrian citizens. I just what...wow.

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                • #9
                  Triplicate, I believe the theft occurred at a property off the showgrounds.

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                  • #10
                    Well, now they know how to catch them. Except the event is over. Really sad, just discouraging loss which would be really really hard to get over. Such precious equipment. I am really sorry this happened.
                    Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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                    • #11
                      This is an organized group of thieves. This happened in min not over the course of a half hour or hour. Literally it would take a min of 2 guys or more as you just don't pull up and toss fully loaded show trunks in by yourself, the trunks are heavy. Worse these thieves most likely know the area and people are comfortable with them around. No reports of stranger careening around with equipment spilling out of strange truck or van.

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                      • #12
                        Happens every where.. this time it just happens to be prestigious riders and their horses.. so we post holy cow and wow to the thread

                        They will probably never recover their tack etc. it's sad ...

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                        • #13
                          KHP can be bad too...one year during the Maclay Regionals, somebody turned 2 horses loose and called security to report them.

                          While they were off chasing the loose horses, about 20 cars were hit in less then 10 minutes with smash and grab theft-they preferred Escalades and BMWS. That would take about 5 people to get done with the alarms sounding. Lots of laptops and purses gone.

                          Another year, several trailers were HITCHED up and removed from the trailer parking area Saturday night when most had been packed for the return drive. Found with compartment doors pried off ditched by the side of the road. Don't recall the exact number but it was about 40 saddles plus bridles, blankets, coolers and assorted other equipment-not so much as a lead rope was left. Trailers needed repair too.

                          All inside jobs knowing exactly what they were looking for as this one probably was as well. Can't imagine leaving stuff like that everybody knows is expensive unattended when theft is more common then many outsiders think. You'd think whoever was in charge of the crew would have left somebody with the pile.
                          When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                          The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by findeight View Post
                            KHP can be bad too...one year during the Maclay Regionals, somebody turned 2 horses loose and called security to report them.

                            While they were off chasing the loose horses, about 20 cars were hit in less then 10 minutes with smash and grab theft
                            Wow. That is incredibly bad, to risk the necks of the horses for the sake of a diversion.

                            If they had been caught, there should have been an "unfortunate accident" to their noses on the way to the police station.

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                            • #15
                              You think they actually cared about the welfare of the loose horses???

                              This was KHP. A fenced, guard on duty at the gate, admission required state police patrolled facility with extra security hosting a big evening event. These were insiders.

                              So are those at WEF, no accident only high end stuff moving on a known schedual was targeted. They don't care about horses either.
                              When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                              The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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                              • #16
                                "Equipment is brought to the street and grooms go back up the driveway to get the horses. This equipment was set at the end of the driveway ready for shipping."

                                It just begs the question - why was such valuable stuff left alone? What did someone say about not placing blame on the victims but on the thieves?? Bull shit. That's naivete.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by babecakes View Post
                                  "Equipment is brought to the street and grooms go back up the driveway to get the horses. This equipment was set at the end of the driveway ready for shipping."

                                  It just begs the question - why was such valuable stuff left alone? What did someone say about not placing blame on the victims but on the thieves?? Bull shit. That's naivete.
                                  Naivete? 3 Antares saddles, multiple high end bridles? Really expensive trunks? Really, really expensive golf clubs? Left unattended by the road while they went to get the horses for a van that, presumably, was not there yet or they would have loaded the stuff in.

                                  What a coincidence somebody just happened to be driving by, just happened to have a big enough vehicle and just happened to have a few strong backs with them so decided to steal the whole pile in just minutes.
                                  When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

                                  The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by babecakes View Post
                                    What did someone say about not placing blame on the victims but on the thieves?? Bull shit. That's naivete.
                                    When you (general you) do something stupid it does not make it OK for a criminal to take advantage of you anymore than it is OK for them to do anything else illegal.

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                                    • #19
                                      I was only disputing the statement made that we shouldn't be blaming the victims, just the thieves. Thievery is not a NEW vice, it's biblical too! I did not absolve the thieves!! that's a given. I was speaking to the facts that were presented.

                                      It's sheer naivete to set valuables out unguarded. period. and they did have a local wake-up call to freshen their memory ...

                                      Well I 'could' have called it stupidity. I was already being generous.
                                      Last edited by babecakes; Mar. 28, 2012, 01:07 PM. Reason: add

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by findeight View Post
                                        You think they actually cared about the welfare of the loose horses???
                                        Clearly not.

                                        That's why it wouldn't bother me at all if they "tripped and fell" on their faces on the way to police custody.

                                        It's bad enough to steal, but so much worse to put the horses at risk.

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