An Irish showjumper is facing a charge of grand theft following the disappearance of selle Français Narqois De B’Neville.

Mark Reid, 32, of Co Tyrone, is in Palm Beach County Jail pending a $10,000 bond.

When the $28,000 horse went missing, owner Randall Jonson told investigators he suspected his former employee Mr Reid.

Mr Reid admitted stealing a horse, but not one belonging to Mr Jonson according to court papers.

The horse is still missing.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (24 March, 2011)