Saddle stolen from local girl, 11, at NYS Fairgrounds

PHOTO: New York State Police
PHOTO: New York State Police

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A young girl with a passion for horse riding is asking for the public’s help after she found out her saddle was stolen at the New York State Fairgrounds.

The saddle was worth almost $1,500, and the young girl is doing everything she can to get it back.

“I’ve cried a lot since losing my saddle,” Isabella Stover said.

Stover said she has spent more time at the horse barn than anywhere else. The 11-year-old has been riding since she was 8, and it’s been nothing but great memories.

Until last Thursday.

Isabella Stover's actual Marcel Toulouse English Hunt Saddle (NYSP)
Isabella Stover’s actual Marcel Toulouse English Hunt Saddle (NYSP)

New York State Police said her 17-inch Marcel Toulouse English Hunt Saddle was stolen during the Morgan Horse Show between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. from the DVM Barn. In addition, a 22-inch World Cup Super-Grip Saddle was taken from the Coliseum Barn between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. That saddle did not belong to Stover.

“I’ve had it ever since I started riding,” Stover said. “It was my first ever official horse thing that I ever got, and it was also very perfect. It was just awesome.”

New York State Police are investigating it as larceny. A surveillance camera captured a woman stealing the saddles. Police said she is in her 40s or 50s, has blonde hair, and was wearing  white shirt, blue jacket with a hood hanging off the back, and carrying an orange/yellow bag.

“She was looking around, and so, she looked and then she went into our tack room and then came back out, and she walked out with my saddle,” Stover said.

Isabella Stover's actual Marcel Toulouse English Hunt Saddle (NYSP)
Isabella Stover’s actual Marcel Toulouse English Hunt Saddle (NYSP)

Aside from losing hundreds of dollars worth of equipment, Stover said it’s the sentimental value that can’t be replaced.

“I’ve cried a lot since losing my saddle,” she said.

Stover will be participating in the Morgan Grand National and World Championships Horse Show in two weeks – her first time competing at that level.

“For a horse person, a saddle is everything, and it’s a comforting thing; a security thing,” her mother, Lisa Stover, said.

State police are currently looking into tips they have received.

Anyone who thinks they recognize the woman or has any information is urged to contact state police in Lysander.

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