GoHorseShow reports that over $130,000 worth of tack, hats and clothes were stolen at the Reichert Celebration held in Ft. Worth, Texas. We talked to trainers Ryan Painter, Wade Parks, and Carly Veldman who had both of their tack stalls broken into at the show early Sunday morning, September 9, between 1:30 am and 4:45 am. Their tack stalls were located in Barn 4 in the same aisleway.
"I believe they were show people because they knew the difference between 20X and 100X and Pure beaver hats," says Wade Parks. "They left the less quality 20X and stole three of our 100X hats and one pure Beaver hat. Ryan Painter also had two Pure beaver hats stolen, so I think they knew something about bits, bridles, clothes, and hats."
Wade Parks and Carly Veldman had approximately $45,000 worth of equipment stolen including: four show saddles--two Phil Harris, 1 Blue Ribbon (Serial # BR10149), and one child's Silver Mesa. They also had three Shorty's Custom Hats and one Kendall hat stolen--three blacks and one brown. There was also a box of jewelry and custom spurs engraved with the names JMC, Jennifer, and Josey.
According to Parks, the robbers started with Ryan Painter's tack stall and then moved onto Veldman and Parks because it appears the robbers were scared off in the middle of stealing items from the Veldman-Parks tack stall. On the other hand, unfortunately, Ryan Painter's tack stall was almost completely cleaned out. Painter estimates that there was a total of over $85,000 worth of clothing and tack stolen from him and his customer, Daranne Folino. The items taken include: all work and show bridles, expensive show bits, show halters, work saddles, spurs, Paula's Place western outfits, black chaps, english clothes, two Blue Ribbon show saddles, one Blue Ribbon work saddle, and two pure beaver black hats. Painter said what was a little strange was that they left a stack of Golden West saddle pads and two Butet saddles and english bridles as well as a expensive belt with a World Show buckle. (Pictured left--1 Blue Ribbon--Serial # BR10149)
"It is disappointing to know people have no problem stealing what takes years to accumulate," Daranne Folino of Plano, Texas says.
Painter and Veldman both state they are in the process of talking to the insurance companies and gathering up the serial numbers on their saddles. We will post more pictures and serials numbers as soon as they have been tracked down. (Phil Harris saddle stolen--pictured left--Serial #5320960459)
There is also a $5,000 Reward on information that helps them recover their items, especially their saddles. They have plans to notify the Southwest Cattleman's Association since they are known to help recover tack that has been stolen.
If anyone has any information regarding these items, please contact the Fort Worth Police Department or leave a comment and we will make sure it is given to the appropriate individuals.
Pictured here is one of the Blue Ribbon saddles that was stolen from Ryan Painter's tack stall.
Pictured here is another Blue Ribbon saddle that is lighter in color but the same silver as shown above
Shown here is two Paula's Place outfits that were stolen.
This is happening more and more at the shows. The resale value on the tack is trmendous and there are many people who will buy and use it without a hint of remorse in their mind. Sorry state of affairs. Years ago you didn't even have to lock your tack stalls. Now you need an armed guard
If I had that nice of tack and clothing I would of hired somebody to sleep in the tack stall with it if I didn't sleep there myself. Or, I would run a big log chain through the saddle trees with multiple chains on the tack stall door. Also, maybe had a dog sleep in the tack stall. One small padlock on the tack stall door isn't enough. You can buddy up with another preson/trainer on the expense of a personal stall sleeper. Those saddles will be seen and hopefuly these people caught. So sad but you just have to make it real hard for the bad guys. I've heard of them breaking into trailers too so thats not alsways safe.
Sad that this basically means that we need to install cameras inside our horses and tack stalls at the shows. I work very hard and barely afford the quality tack I've purchased. As the victim of a theft myself, I understand the heart-sickness of losing something you purchase to better your chances in the show ring. Praying that these people are caught before it happens again.
There has been a place that has been helping others find lost tack & stolen horses it is called Net Posse you can find them at firstname.lastname@example.org
One thing nice about Harris saddles is that they have vin number stamped Everywhere on them. Go ahead & try to sell one, they wont get far if the buyer gives Harris saddles a call.
So sad that this would happen, but with this economy I am surprised it is not happening more often. I put my gear in my trailer, I know it is a pain to drag back n forth. But it is time to get Chain and Padlock out if your going to leave your tack.
It's sad that now we've come to the point where shows will need to start using more serious security measures, i.e. camera surveillance, and physical security checks. The industry is already struggling, and if people aren't able to secure their tack, clothes etc. even more will decide not to participate. It's truly a shame!
This is unbelievable and unexcusable. These people knew what they were doing was wrong and should be prosecuted fully. Its hard to imagine that people would lower themselves to the point of taking from someone else for their own benefit. Its sad to say but with todays economy, it wouldn't surprise me if more of this type of thing happens more often. Everyone involved with the horse industry has to make efforts of all kinds to put a stop to this before it gets out of hand.
can we get pics when available to post every where that these items are stolen and need to be reported. and so folks will know if they see anything that was stolen from these folks and folks know not to buy these items. I mean how will some folks know to report it if we don't show pics of what each item is with stolen on the pics I will share on all of my groups each peice.
Horse people stealing horse people's belongings and horse people stealing money to support their horse habits (RC) comes to mind. It takes a lot of guts to do this to others. Wow! Money the root of all evil. Where is the fun in this?
Do they have security cameras in the barns? If they do great but if they don't someone needs to install some that would at least make someone think twice before they did something for fear they would be caught on tape.