Stolen Southern Arkansas University Horses Remain Missing

Some of the equestrian equipment stolen from Southern Arkansas University (SAU) earlier this month has been recovered, but five horses also taken during the incident have yet to be found.

On Nov. 2, five Quarter Horses belonging to students who are members of the school's collegiate rodeo team were taken from the Mulerider Stables on the university's Magnolia, Ark., campus. A horse trailer and a variety of equestrian equipment were also taken from the stables. The trailer was recovered in McCurtain County, Okla., on Nov. 3.

Jeremy Langley, SAU spokesman, said that on Nov. 11 McCurtain County Sheriff's Deputies recovered saddles, blankets, and other miscellaneous tack taken during the incident. The horses have not been found, he said.

As the investigation into the thefts continues, Langley declined to comment on where the tack was found, or the suspected location of the missing horses.

"We're following leads," Langley said.

Still missing are:

  • A 14-year old Buckskin mare;
  • A 16-year-old black gelding bearing a rocking "M" brand on his left hind quarter;
  • A 12-year-old black mare bearing a circle "M" brand on her left hind quarter;
  • A 15-year-old sorrell gelding bearing a rocking "V" brand in his left front quarter and a "K" brand on his right hind quarter; and
  • A 7-year-old gray mare.

Anyone with information about the theft or the horses' whereabouts should call the SAU Police Department at 870/235-4100 or Arkansas State Police Investigator Hays McWhirter at 870/703-2065.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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