Horse owners are being invited to bring their saddles to the South of England showground, in Ardingly, West Sussex for free security marking by the police on Wednesday 11 August.

Sussex Police’s North Division have been working in conjunction with the South of England Agricultural Society (SEAS) to help prevent tack theft in the Horsham and Mid Sussex areas.

Over the past 12 months, since investing in the equipment, the SEAS and local police have sponsored the marking of 500 saddles.

The process involves marking the saddles with a unique number that enables police to trace its owners if it is recovered from a burglary.

They hope to be able to mark a further 40 from Pony Club members on 11 August at 2pm and are inviting any other horse owners to bring their saddles along from midday.

For more information contact Susan Fleet of the SEAS on 01444 235475 or 07885 373394.