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Oxenhope horsewoman is reunited with stolen saddle
7:30am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A highly-prized cowboy saddle stolen from the stables of an Oxenhope horse-woman has been recovered nine months after it vanished.
Keen western rider Angie Kirtley lost two ornate saddles and fancy bridles worth thousands of pounds in the raid on stables at Harden Brow Farm in January.
And she had given up hope of tracing the specially-imported kit, until she got a phone call out of the blue.
“A friend within the western group called me from a horse fair in York because he had just come across a saddle, which he recognised as being like mine,” she said.
“It was along with a bridle and breastplate, in among a load of tack someone was selling from the back of a van.
“I was down in the New Forest on holiday and told him to buy it. Then I had a couple of nervous days before I could get home and have a look at it.”
Mrs Kirtley 62, who works as a team leader for BUPA Healthcare in Horsforth, was delighted when finally reunited with the Premier western saddle and Indian weave bridle with matching breastplate.
“It cost me £300, but I was so pleased to get them back,” said Mrs Kirtley.
Sadly, the thief’s trail seems to have gone cold.
She added: “When my friend bought them, he asked where they’d come from and the seller just said he’d bought them from someone else.”
Mrs Kirtley and her horse, Star, have continued competing through the year, and she said the four-year-old bay would also be pleased as it was his favourite saddle too.
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