Smartie was in horse box stolen from Edenbridge & Oxted Show


This is 11 year old Jack Russell Smartie, and her Wiltshire based owner is looking for her after she and the horse box she was in was stolen from the Edenbridge & Oxted Show at Lingfield on Sunday.

Gabby Cox is a regular at the show and her much loved Smartie was in the 5.5t box taken from the show car park. The lorry was later found abandoned in Essex, but although the thieves had left all the tack and equipment, worth some £10,000, inside, Smartie was not there. 

Gabby said she is happy to give a reward if she can get Smartie home. Gabby said she “never, ever” leaves Smartie in the lorry at shows and only did so as Sunday’s weather was torrential rain.

“She was so cold, and we were only gone 15 minutes for my class,” said Gabby, who was showing her miniature Shetland stallion. “We left the lorry at one minute past the hour and it was taken at four minutes past.

“They dumped the lorry and although we had all my tack and competition gear inside, they’d only taken my purse and keys – and my dog. My mum’s purse and dad’s wallet were next to mine, but they didn’t take them.”

Gabby said if Smartie, who is identifiable by a small wart on her right eye, is returned, she will not press charges or take any further action.

“If you’ve seen her, please report it and get her back to me,” she said. “I’m happy to give the reward if she comes back to me; she’s my best friend in the world.”

Anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference 45180091636 or ring 07727148448.

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