Southern Arkansas University Recovers Four Stolen Horses

Southern Arkansas University Recovers Four Stolen Horses

Ty Lester, left, pats his mare Gray, who was recovered along with three other stolen horses on Nov. 2. Dr. David Rankin, president of Southern Arkansas University, looks on.

Photo: Aaron Street/SAU

Four of the five horses stolen from stables at Southern Arkansas University (SAU) earlier this month have been recovered.

Four SAU Horses Recovered

Ty Lester, left, pats his mare Gray, who was recovered along with three other stolen horses on Nov. 2. Dr. David Rankin, president of Southern Arkansas University, looks on.

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 and equipment had since been recovered.

On Nov. 16 SAU spokesman Jeremy Langley said four of the missing horses had been recovered and returned to the University, but one horse--a 15-year-old sorrell gelding named Credit Card--remains missing.

Langley said that on Nov. 15 McCurtain County, Okla., Sheriff Johnny Tadlock informed SAU Police Chief Eric Plummer that the McCurtain County Sheriff's Deputies and SAU Rodeo Coach Rusty Hayes had located four of the stolen horses in a wooded area near Tom, Okla.

"The horses were tied, and no one was with the horses when they were found," Langley said.

Langley said authorities are uncertain just how long the horses had been tied in the woods. When found, none of the horses showed signs of injury, Langley said. However, Ty Lester, owner of one recovered horses, said his mare was malnourished and dehydrated when she was found. The other recovered horses were in similar condition when they were located, Lester said.

Three of the horses will receive veterinary evaluations at SAU. The fourth horse was taken to a veterinarian in Shreveport, La., Langley said.

Langley said that law enforcement authorities investigating the case have suspects, but declined to disclose suspects' names while the investigation is ongoing. Charges those responsible for the thefts might face are yet to be determined, Langley said.

Anyone with information about the theft or Credit Card's 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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