Thieves steal showjumper Paul Beecher's riding equipment

Riding equipment worth 20,000 euros has been stolen from the County Waterford stables of Irish showjumper Paul Beecher.

It happened on Monday while he was filming a television documentary at the premises in Tallow.

The 29-year-old won the Hickstead Derby in England in June riding Loughnatousa WB.

It is understood the thieves stole saddles, show bridle and other equipment.

Mr Beecher said that he had been in the yard all day except for an hour when he was doing an interview with the television crew.

Speaking to Horse and Hound he said: "I was out showing the crew the youngsters and came back and my tack was gone.

"I had 14 saddles — including two Prestige and Jaguars — taken, plus all my show bridles."

The showjumper said some of the equipment is marked so he asked people to keep a look out for it.

"They are expensive saddles, some of them like gold dust," he said.

"I think it all will have gone to England to be sold there. Some of them have my name embroidered on them so if people could be aware I might have a chance of getting some of them back."