Amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Blackdown Hills, Anne Allen, an extraordinary woman who teaches horseback riding for individuals with disabilities, forged a profound bond between her therapy pony and those in need. However, an unforeseen turn of events has left this tight-knit equestrian community reeling as their beloved companion, known simply as Star, mysteriously vanished from their midst.

Star, a Shetland pony with a captivating presence, vanished from the picturesque Quants Nature Reserve on the Blackdown Hills earlier this month. Despite extensive search efforts, including the use of drones and a widespread social media campaign, since she first went missing on June 3rd, there have been no sightings or clues as to her whereabouts.

Search Operation on for Star

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BBS News has tweeted about Star Missing stating, “Therapy pony missing from field leaves disabled horse-riding group “devastated.” Star’s absence is particularly felt by disabled children and adults who have benefited from therapy sessions with her. Anne explained, “She’s missed by our participants. The work she does at riding for the disabled is really important. It’s people with learning and physical disabilities, and handling and riding a pony is so beneficial.” The opportunity to hug and connect with Star brought immense joy and therapeutic benefits to those who rode her.

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For Anne Allen, Star’s owner, the disappearance has been deeply distressing. Star was not just any pony; she held a special place in the hearts of those she interacted with. Anne, visibly emotional, shared her sentiments, saying, “I feel very sad as she’s the pony I bred. She’s been here all her life. She’s a very valuable member of the team, and it’s just incredibly sad because we don’t know where she is. It’s not knowing where she is that is the major problem.”

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Star’s disappearance called for strict protocols

In reaction to the tragedy, the police departments in Avon and Somerset moved quickly. A community effort aimed at reducing equestrian crime and increasing information sharing between equine enthusiasts and law enforcement, they have made an appeal to participants in their Horse Watch scheme. Additionally, the police visited Anne to gather a statement and provide advice on ensuring the security of her other horses and ponies.

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The heartfelt plea for information about Star’s whereabouts has spread across social media platforms, with Anne encouraging anyone with information to reach out through Facebook. The neighborhood is still working together to find Star while searches for her are in full gear. The community remains united in its mission to bring her home where she belongs.

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