Rare tack dating back to early 1900s stolen

  • Historic tack, including an original saddle from 1905, has been stolen from a re-enactment group in Wales.

    The Anglesey Hussars, who portray all aspects of the British Napoleonic soldier, had left tack and equipment in a horsebox on Sunday (26 July).

    The following evening (Monday, 27 July) the group’s chairman and sergeant major, Ian Walker, discovered all the tack, estimated to be worth £2,000, was missing.

    Anglesey Hussars 2The lorry was parked outside Mr Walker’s house in Marianglas.

    “Two complete kits of Napoleonic cavalry tack were taken,” Mr Walker told H&H.

    “One of the saddles was an original from 1905 — it was quite an expensive piece.

    “It’s taken more than 25 years to get all the equipment together. It was found one piece at a time.”

    The group has been in operation for 11 years and has six horses which they use for demonstrations.

    “My biggest fear is the thieves dump it because they can’t use it,” added Mr Walker.

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    All of the items have the initials I.W and M.W marked on them (see below for full list of the stolen tack).

    “The items stolen are of historic significance and someone out there knows of their whereabouts,” inspector Gethin Jones of North Wales Police told H&H.

    “We would urge anyone with stables or horses to speak to their equestrian neighbours to keep an eye out for one another, and report any suspicious activity to us.”

    Anyone with information about the stolen tack should contact North Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number S113068.

    The tack stolen from The Anglesey Hussars

    • Two breastplates with girths attached
    • French light cavalry stirrups
    • Two sheepskin seat-savers with scallop edging
    • Two Shibrakes Velice (i.e. spare rug) with VII H on the side (7th Hazaars)
    • Two Shibrakes numnahs
    • Two saddles (one dating back to 1905 with no pads for the wither, had new girth straps and the cantle bent over and one was a military style saddle)
    • Three English leather headcollars
    • One Myler 51Ž2 inch bit
    • One hanging cheek piece bit
    • Three military bridles
    • Two French surcingle girths with chrome D-ring with belt
    • One set of black stirrup leathers with safety stirrups
    • One English leather black bridle with no bit

    There is an active Horsewatch scheme in North Wales, for further information visit: http://www.north-wales.police.uk/advice-and-support/safer-business/horse-watch.aspx

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