Police offer tack marking service this weekend

Officers will be offering a free tack marking service at Catterick Garrison Saddle Club, in Loos Road this Sunday (5 February) from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Using hi-tech “dot peen” property marking technology, leather and metal items of tack can be marked with a unique number – deterring would-be thieves and making it much easier to reunite stolen property and secure convictions.

In a press release on the Force website, PCSO Eric Corfield, of Catterick Garrison Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

Marking items of tack is one of the most effective crime deterrents. Criminals will see the permanent unique number, and know immediately that the equipment would be too difficult to sell on. If the worst happened and you were targeted, we are much more likely to be able to trace marked property and return it to you.

“Our property marking service is fast and free, so please make a note of the date in Catterick Garrison and come along on the day.

For more information about the free dot peen property marking service in Richmondshire, please email richmondshirepropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk, or pick up a leaflet from your local police station in Richmond, Leyburn or Catterick Garrison. The service is also promoted on Twitter using #whatisdotpeen.

Horse deaths prompt call for Catterick racecourse shutdown

National campaign group Animal Aid has called for Catterick racecourse to be closed down after four horses died there in just three days of racing this month.

In a posting on the group’s website,  Animal Aid horse racing consultant, Dene Stansall: “Animal Aid is bringing the horse deaths to light to prevent them from being swept aside as if they are of no consequence.

“For too long there has been a “business as usual” approach to horse deaths within racing circles. It is deeply irresponsible of the racecourse management and the British Horseracing Authority to continue with racing while so many horses are dying – accompanied by an official silence. Catterick Racecourse should shut down with immediate effect.”

A spokeswoman for the racecourse said it took safety very seriously. She told the D&S: “Catterick Racecourse takes the death of any horse extremely seriously and it is thoroughly investigated.

“We are quite satisfied that the racing surface together with the hurdles and fences at jump race meetings are prepared and presented for race days to the highest possible standards.”


Video: Teenager shares horse rescue story

A local teenager has made this short film to demonstrate the impact she feels a training course at Richmond Equestrian Centre has had on a horse she rescued from ill treatment.

Hannah Russell, who has also written two books about her horses, described the transformation that has taken place after she bought Paddy from a horse website.

Paddy was in a terrible condition when we got him, he was covered in burns were he had been set on fire, he was skinny due to not been fed, his belly was full of worms, his hair was full of lice and his body was battered in scars. On the way home in the horse box all he wanted to do was sleep and we had to keep stopping to wake him up otherwise he would slip under the bar in the wagon.

As soon as I got him home and in to our field he slowly mooched over to the grass and glanced back at us not sure what was happening, he was shaking with fright and went to the other end of the field every time we tried to get near him this happened for over 2 years…

The only way we could catch him was with feed, due to him being starved he loved his food, but he was still really scared when we got close. I tried so many methods to try and get paddy to trust again but nothing worked until one night I saw ‘Clicker training’ advertised with ‘Hannah Dawson’ at Richmond Equestrian centre from that night on I started clicker training paddy.

It took a while to initially teach him the first few stages but slowly away I saw paddy coming out of his shell and learning to trust again…

I now believe Paddy trusts me 100% he would always be by my side if he could be! He is now 5 years old and loves his daily clicker training lesson!

Video: Re-live t’ poor aud ‘oss

The documentary makers at Around and About Yorkshire this week published their film about Richmond’s t’poor aud ‘oss (The poor old horse) filmed in Market Place on the Saturday before Christmas 2013 but the year is unspecified.(Updated: 22 Oct following comment below)

They say:

This custom dates back, possibly, to the late 18th century, when the poor would tour the large houses and villages of the area performing this tale about a horse that is born and eventually dies – following the seasons of the year. Alms (money) was collected at the end, and, in the past, would have been used to buy beer – today the money is raised for charity. The short performance (seen here + commentary) is performed in the run-up to Christmas.