The Scottish SPCA has issued a warning to horse owners following reports of suspected horse thieves operating in areas of Scotland.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, "We have recently received calls from horse and pony owners in the Alloa, Biggar and Peebles areas who are worried that their horses may have been targeted by thieves.
"The owners found their horses' manes had been plaited which is often a sign that someone intends to steal them.
"Thieves will plait the manes of the horses they want to steal so when they return with transport their target is easily identified.
"If the horses had been stolen it is likely that they would have been sold on.
"We would urge all horse owners in these areas to be vigilant and look out for any deliberate markings or plaited hair on their horse that they have not done themselves.
"If anyone sees anything suspicious they should report it immediately to the police."
Huge well done to all who turned out for the area team showjumping competition today at Timpendean. Peebles put in a solid performance for team 4th in the novice, team 5th in the style and team 3rd in the intermediate. Anne Paxton and Sarah Brown were also placed 1st and 2nd respectively as individuals in the intermediate competition. Photos from the day will be uploaded shortly.
Posted by Sarah Brown, Tuesday, 7th June 2011 @ 11:35pm
Congratulations to the PDRC Novice Dressage team (Annemarie van Heelsum, Laura Kelly and Lynne Cameron) who were placed 2nd at the recent area qualifiers, just missing out on a national championship qualification by 1 point! Excellent result for a team down to three members! Lynne and Laura were both placed first in their respective arena's and Lynne has qualified to go to the Championships as an individual. Well done girls!
I am very sorry but the decision has been made to cancel the dressage competition on Sunday 22nd May at Kirkettle Farm.
Unfortunately we only received entries from 14 people. This means that we would be nowhere near covering our costs for judges, rosettes, portaloo etc. I also wish to apologise to the 9 generous helpers who volunteered their day to run the event.
It is a shame as the event is usually very well attended. I am very sorry to disappoint those who had entered.