Selle Francais Stallion Stolen in Georgia has reported the theft of a 17.3-hand Selle Francais stallion in Cherokee County, Ga. Stolen Horse International (SHI) has asked the public for assistance in the recovery of this accomplished horse.

Venus Du Vey was stolen from his pasture sometime during Saturday night, Sept. 30. His herdmates were still secure in the pasture when the horses‚ caretaker discovered Venus was missing. The horse‚s owner, Anne Dupard, is in France, assisting a family member who is in poor health.

Venus weighs approximately 1,500 pounds and his coat is bleached some from the sun, which could make him appear dark bay or brown.

Dupard spent all of her savings on Venus after falling in love with him during a lease period. She says, "I have never in my life seen a stallion as sweet as him. He always loves any attention he can get, loves to cuddle, and will put his head on your head and in your arm."

"Venus has a way of making me be a better rider," Dupard adds. "He makes it seem easy with his power. He felt like the teddy bear every rider would dream of having--always willing, always trying to please, always in a good mood."

The horse is also known for being very 'talkative' around the barn. Dupard says, "Venus is NOT a quiet horse. Wherever he goes, he makes sure people and other horses know he is here."

Anne turned to Stolen Horse International (SHI) when she learned Venus was missing. Immediately, SHI and its NetPosse volunteer network began working hard, along with her stateside friends, to locate Venus. The case is being handled by the Cherokee County Police Department based in Canton, Ga.

Another horse was stolen from Cherokee County in January 2006 and was recovered with the help of SHI. Now SHI is looking to NetPosse volunteers and the public to recover Venus so that Anne can again concentrate on other critical issues in her life. She needs to know that her beloved stallion is safely home. A flyer about Venus that includes contact information for reporting leads can be found at A $1,500 reward is offered for the horse's safe recovery.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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