Donors have stepped up to help a group of 4H students who had their supplies stolen before a horse riding competition this weekend. Sharon Boenzi of Lola's Place discovered early Monday that ten saddles and other gear had been stolen from her facility. It's gear that her young students have earned for all of their hard work. Some of it was Boenzi's gear that she allowed new students to use.
Since news of the theft was released on Tucson News Now, Boenzi has received numerous calls from people offering supplies. One woman in New York even offered to ship her saddle to Lola's Place.
James Boudrieau of Hoofprints of the Heart called to donate saddles and supplies to cover the students' needs. Hoofprints of the Heart is an equine rescue group. Boudrieau says he felt it was important to help the young riders.
"We have such a variety of tack some that we purchased and some that's been donated so I'm hoping we have enough to cover what these kids need," says Boudrieau. "Just that they were kind of left out. They're kids. They're enjoying and having fun with horses and no bad comes out of that, you know."
"The outpouring of concern, support, and care has been huge," says Boenzi. "They're happy, they're excited, it's a different place for them to be, it's a good place for them to be."
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