Thieves have taken a number of saddles and a large quantity of riding clothing from an equestrian store in Greater Manchester.

Naylors Equestrian’s Rochdale store was broken into last month (28 December) and a “significant quantity” of Bates and Wintec saddles were stolen.

Clothing was also taken in the burglary, including stock from Barbour, Dubarry, Aigle, Horseware and Joules items, as well as other brands.

The store was temporally closed following the break in, but reopened later the same day.

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“Although the criminals caused a mess and some damage to the store, we were up and running very quickly due to the hard work and dedication of our staff,” said James Atkinson, partner at Naylors Equestrian. “We welcomed customers back by 4pm and got our in-store winter sale off to a flying start.”

Customers were advised of the temporary closure via Naylors Equestrian’s website and social media pages.

“We’re grateful for all the messages of support we’ve received from our customers and we thank them for their patience,” added Mr Atkinson.

Those with any information about the burglary should contact Greater Manchester Police by calling 0161 872 5050.

Tack theft

Tack was also stolen from an Essex Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) centre last month (7 December).

More than £15,000 worth of equipment was taken from Barrow Farm riding centre, in Highwood, including 14 bridles and 14 saddles.

The centre temporarily closed but has since reopened for riding lessons.

The public donated tack and equipment to the centre following the break in, as well as equestrian retailers Harry Hall and Caldene.