Nor West News : April 12th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Thursday, April 12, 2012 Float theft mirrors fiction By CARYN WIGMORE Floatless: Author Stacy Gregg, daughter Isadora Lamb, 12, and her pony Pidge are devastated by the theft of their horse float. Photo: CARYN WIGMORE Riding read: A book by author Stacy Gregg who is a member of the Taupaki-based Redhills Pony Club. Gone: This missing distinctive horse float has been reported to the police. ' It's a bit of a shame they stole the horse float now because if I was still working on the pony series it would have been ideal material. ' Stacy Gregg LIFE has imitated art for theft victim Stacy Gregg. The horse lover and author writes about mystery and adventure in her fiction series Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals. Now she finds herself caught in a web of real intrigue reminiscent of her novels. Thieves stole a horse float named after her children s series from Redhills Pony Club, Waitakere Rd, on April 7. The taupe grey float bears the distinctive logos Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals and is well recognised by fans at horse shows. Ms Gregg has finished her series of 17 pony books and is writing a new one based on a true story. The synopsis remains top secret. It s a bit of a shame they stole the horse float now because if I was still working on the pony series it would have been ideal material, the Westmere author says. The series is adventure and mysteries driven with horses being stolen, Ms Gregg says. A central character named Issie Brown features in the final book of her series. Also suffering from the heist is the author s daugh- ter, Isadora Lamb, the real Issie. The 12-year-old is devas- tated by the theft which has grounded her pony Pidge and thwarted plans to enter ribbon days and ride through Woodhill Forest during the school holidays. The missing float, a 2010 Thoroughbred Classic DLX, is the only means of trans- port for the quarter horse English riding pony cross. The paint horse is too ter- rified by speeding trucks to be ridden along busy Waita- kere Rd. We re trapped here really. Ms Gregg is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the recovery of the float, registration number Q65F. Thieves used bolt cutters to break the lock on the float which has a three-quarter tailbar specially fitted for the pony. She likes to spread her hind quarter when she travels, otherwise she wobbles and falls over. The author is stunned by the brazen theft. If you have a horse, you know how much something like that means to you. So I would like to think a horse person wouldn t have taken it. Phone Kumeu police on 412 7756 or Ms Gregg on 021- 783 259 if you have information.
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