Equine Proprietors Urged to Beware after Attempted Theft

14th September 2011

Proprietors of riding schools and livery yards are warned to be on their guard following an attempted theft at a British Horse Society (BHS) Approved establishment in Northamptonshire.

An unidentified female arrived at the centre last Thursday (8 September), claiming to be a British Horse Society Approval Inspector visiting to carry out the inspection and take photo’s for a portfolio.

The proprietor was suspicious and contacted the BHS Approvals team who advised him that the woman was not an inspector and not connected to the BHS in any way. The Society confirmed that all BHS Approval inspectors carry ID and will be happy to show it. They also advised the proprietor to step up security and be particularly vigilant in coming weeks.

However just hours later, on Friday evening, there was an attempted break in. The burglars were unsuccessful and the Police attended the scene.

The proprietor said: “This female was in her late twenties, early thirties with blonde hair, well spoken and with an accent. We want to advise all centre owners and staff to be more vigilant and to check for ID.”

Chris Doran, BHS Senior Executive Approvals said: “This matter is very concerning and we would urge all centres to be particularly cautious in coming weeks. If you have any concerns please call the BHS Approvals team immediately for reassurance.”

The British Horse Society Approvals team can be contacted on 02476 840509