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Award Winning Paint Barrel Horse Stolen in Illinois – Listed on NetPosse.com

Flat Rock, IL – Maximum Reflections, better know as Max, a 12-year-old American Paint Horse Association (APHA) gelding was taken from his pasture in Flat Rock, Illinois, August 23, 2008. His 13-year-old owner Kaitlynn Blilskie needs your help finding her prized barrel horse.

Keith Caughren, Kaitlynn’s stepfather reported to the sheriff’s office that a place in the fence had been freshly cut along the roadway of Highway 1150 East. The horse is 15 to 15.2 hands high with a white with a brown medicine cap on its head. Max does have other brown spots but is mostly white and has blue eyes, and a white mane and tail. He was shod all the way around with pads on the front shoes

Kaitlynn’s mother, Susan, says, “The horse did not have a halter on it, however, a halter was removed from the other horse that was in the same shed and evidently put on Max.” A royal blue leadrope is also missing.

The Caughren have dogs that will bark if anyone pulls in the driveway whether they know them or not, and this is why they suspect someone cut the fence where they did. Despite searching for Max over three hours when he was first noticed missing, Keith did not find the cut fence until later that day. The area was hidden from immediate view.

Kaitlynn is asking everyone in the area to be on the lookout for Max, a much-loved member of the family. Since Max’s theft, the Caughren’s have been contacting people in the community, and friends and distant family members have been helping spread the word via the Internet. Many they spoke with directed them to contact Stolen Horse International so Max could be posted on the nonprofit organization’s website: http://www.NetPosse.com.

Once the report was processed, volunteers began distributing Max’s personal webpage and flyer in mass by the thousands through their online contacts and list groups. Word is spreading quickly as any missing horse could be transported across state lines and even across the border in only a few hours.

“Our family is just stunned,” says Keith Caughren. “Kaitlynn barreled raced and ran poles on Max in competition and did well. Kaitlynn is just heartbroken. We cannot believe he is gone.”

Please go to http://www.netposse.com/stolenmissing/MaxILstolenAug08.htm and print a flyer, which can be posted at public businesses, tack/feed stores and auction houses, to help bring this beautiful paint horse home.

Anyone with information please call the Caughren’s at 618-584-3178, Stolen Horse International 704-484-2165 or the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department 618-546-1515, case number 08080689.


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