Olympic eventer Vittoria Panizzon is urging horse owners to look out for her tack after her yard was “cleared out” by thieves.
The Italian rider’s yard in Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos, was broken into overnight last week (4-5 June).
Thousands of pounds worth of tack including 16 saddles, 25 bridles and 20 bits were stolen.
“They bust a door to get in and took everything of value,” Vittoria told H&H. “Every bit of leatherwork — including draw reins and breastplates — they could find has gone.”
Most of the tack is Pariani. There were also some Albion saddles.
“Pariani is uncommon over in Britain and Ireland, so I’d urge anyone to keep a look out at sales or online,” she said.
“I’m not sure how they plan to sell them on as they are very distinctive and will stand out like a sore thumb.”
The thieves also took Equissage pads and handheld units and Ice-Vibe boots.
“The landlord was away and I was off competeing, so there must have been local knowledge. They waited until we were out,” she added.
“It’s taken years to build up this collection and to break the tack in. Plus it has sentimental value, it’s very upsetting.
“I’m trying to look on the bright side that at least they couldn’t find the keys to take the cars. Plus Pennyz [her Olympic mount Borough Pennyz] was in her stable and was unharmed.”
Vittoria has 2 saddles and bridles left — the ones she had with her when she was away competing at Bramham last week.
“People have been very kind lending me tack, but it’s hard with high-withered thoroughbreds,” she added. “I just want to spread the word and to get it back.”
Gloucestershire Police confirmed to H&H that they were investigating.
Anyone with information should contact the force on 101.