Reward offered for missing foal

Have you seen Clyde? The four-month-old colt went missing in the Lynton area.

Have you seen Clyde? The four-month-old colt went missing in the Lynton area. - Credit: Archant

Owner appeals for information in the search for four-month-old Clyde, who went missing from the Brendon area almost a week ago.

A reward has been offered for any information leading to the return of a four-month-old foal which went missing from Brendon a week ago.

Owner Jane Lavington is hoping someone somewhere has information to help track down Clyde, who vanished after the herd of broodmares and foals he was with escaped from Hallslake Farm near Lynton during the night of Tuesday, September 17.

The horses had broken the fencing at the stud farm run by Liz Bradbeer and although the rest were found safe the next morning, the young Clydesdale cross was not among them.

Jane’s insurance company has offered a £500 reward for information leading to his return.


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The professional dressage rider, judge and trainer from Kent, travelled to North Devon at the weekend to help search for him, but to no avail after being hampered by thick fog.

“Liz took us up to the common where the others were found, but it was obvious in the fog we were not going to get anywhere,” she said.

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“I know she has been out there for days and ridden miles looking for him, plus lots of other local people have been out too.

“I just have absolutely no idea what’s happened to him, or why if he was injured his mum would have left him. If he has somehow been taken, then all we can hope is perhaps the reward will prompt somebody to say something.”

She said there was a small chance Clyde had joined one of the Exmoor pony herds, as he is old enough to be weaned and could survive with them.

He is already larger than most adult Exmoors and with herds now being rounded up for the autumn sales, she has appealed for anyone who sees him, perhaps at a local auction, to get in touch.

Jane has not had her own horse for eight years, but has ridden a Clydesdale in Kent for a friend and enjoyed dressage success, appearing in Horse and Rider as well as training videos on the Horse Hero website.

When she bought Clyde, a friend also bought his half sister and it was planned to bring both horses back to Kent where they would grow up together.

If anyone spots Clyde or has any information, they can call Jane on 01732 761497 or 07887 505181.

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