Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Heather Dodd
Marie Edgar from the Warwickshire based show jumping dynasty, is the latest to give her support to Warwickshire Horse Watch – a crime prevention scheme set up by volunteers to protect horses, equipment and property in partnership with Warwickshire Police.
Marie said “Warwickshire Horse Watch is an important scheme for horse owners and riders to join to help reduce horse related crime and by giving my support I hope to encourage others to join.”
Warwickshire Horse Watch is FREE to join and has well over 500 members who receive email alerts directly from Warwickshire Police. The scheme also has over 600 likes on Facebook with some alerts hitting over 10,000 people, and on Twitter @WarksHorseWatch has over 100 followers, including Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Andy Parker and Deputy Chief Constable Neil Brunton.
Carol Cotterill Chair of Warwickshire Horse Watch said “The more people who join Horse Watch the stronger it becomes and we are grateful for Marie’s support.
By sharing information on incidents and advice on how to protect your horse, tack, trailer, horsebox and yard, we can all make a positive impact in preventing equine crime.
One of the most important security messages we need to get across is for people to mark their property in some way. As well as acting as a deterrent, it allows the rightful owner to identify their possessions and prove ownership, plus it gives an opportunity for the Police to find and return it to the victim.”
Our links with neighbouring forces, including Staffordshire Police, Hereford and Worcester Horse Watch and Northamptonshire Horse Watch scheme mean we are sharing equine and rural alerts between each other every day and passing them on to our members.
As well as an incident log providing details of equine and rural crime in Warwickshire and bordering counties, the website http://www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk contains crime prevention advice for horse owners, documents to download, links to other equine and crime prevention websites, including Warwickshire Police.
A selection of items can be ordered from the website to help deter unwanted visitors. These include Horse Watch gate signs (£2.50), battery alarmed padlocks (£10) and forensic marking kits such as Smartwater, as well as more sophisticated image movement cameras.
Deputy Chief Constable Neil Brunton said “Warwickshire Horse Watch has my full support. It is important that both the Police and Horse Owners work together to tackle equine crime.
“Please help encourage others to join Horse Watch by liking the Warwickshire Horse Watch Facebook page and telling your friends about the website. You do not have to be in Warwickshire to join.”
About Marie Edgar
Marie is the daughter of Ted and Liz Edgar and started riding at 2 years old. With such talented parents it came as no surprise that Marie won prolifically as a Junior and Young Rider. Marie’s major achievements include winning 10 Junior and Young Rider European Championships Medals for Great Britain, 4 of which were Individual Gold Medals – A record that remains unchallenged.
Under the guidance of Marie’s father and mother Ted and Liz, Marie trained a number of students for many years – in 2005 Marie was invited to apply to train to become accredited with the UK Coaching Certificate Level 3.
Marie is highly respected in the show jumping and training world and has a number of pupils in attendance and a formidable waiting list.