A pony club has been left devastated after thieves stole £15,000 worth of equipment, jeopardising their biggest family event of the year.
The Kemble Show is the VWH Pony Club’s largest event of the year in the local riding community and has been going for 20 years, but is now at serious risk.
In what has been described by members of the club as a calculated attack, thieves broke into one of the club’s private farms in North Wiltshire and stole a bespoke trailer worth £5,000 loaded with show jumps belonging to the club worth around £14,000.
A non profit organisation, the club are reliant on fundraising, with all the jumps fundraised for by families.
Mrs Georgie Davies, joint DC of the VWH Pony Club said: “ We are devastated by this theft.
“The loss of the jumps jeopardises Kemble Show, our largest fun event for everyone in the local riding community and the highlight of our year.
“The show has taken place on May Bank Holiday Monday at Kemble Park for over 20 years and been loved by generations of families.
“Also at risk are the three summer sports camps which we run for all members, aged from under fives to over 20s.
“This pre-meditated and callous act has shocked and disappointed us all.”
The club are now appealing to other pony clubs in the area for equipment to borrow so the Kemble Show can take place.
So far, only banners and some of the jumps with the clubs name on have been found dumped by dog walkers near Liddington.
A Wiltshire Police spokesperson added: “We’re investigating a burglary which occurred at a farm on or around February 21.
“Offenders broke into a barn causing damage to the building.
“They stole an Ivor Williams bespoke design trailer belonging to the Pony Club.
“The trailer was loaded with show jumps belonging to the club which it had been specifically designed and built to carry.
“We are asking any members of the public who may have information which could assist in locating the trailer and or its contents to contact us.
“Call 101 quoting crime reference number 54190018360 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”