Grand­mother of­fers to re­place Hugo’s stolen pony

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MIKE DERRY

A CHILDERS grand­mother has of­fered to re­place a dis­abled boy’s pony that was stolen from a prop­erty at Gin Gin.

The pony was help­ing Hugo Kraay, who has cere­bral palsy and epilepsy, with his ther­apy.

Hugo’s grand­mother, Phyl­lis Brom­ley, said the three-year-old could not un­der­stand where his pony had gone.

But now Liza Van Der Heide is hop­ing to ride to the res­cue.

Mrs Van Der Heide has a very sim­i­lar pony named Princess that she would like to do­nate to Hugo.

Liza Van Der Heide I was go­ing to put her up for sale, but I would be more than happy to give her to the fam­ily.

“I was go­ing to put her up for sale,” Mrs Van Der Heide said.

“But I would be more than happy to give her to the fam­ily.”

Mrs Van Der Heide said Princess was a very quiet pony.

“The kids can do any­thing with her,” she said.

“The kids sit on her and it doesn’t bother her at all.”

Mrs Van Der Heide said she was very sorry Hugo’s pony had been stolen.

“I know what kids are like with their horses,” she said.

Mrs Van Der Heide said Princess was about 80cm tall and was al­most iden­ti­cal in colour to the stolen pony.

She said she had had the seven-year-old pony for about three years, but she had too many ponies on her prop­erty.

“It’s got to the stage where I’ve got to do some­thing with them,” she said.

Mrs Van Der Heide said she had planned to of­fer Princess for sale for $500.

“She’s reg­is­tered and mi­crochipped and ev­ery­thing,” she said.

But Hugo’s fam­ily is wary of tak­ing Mrs Van Der Heide up on her of­fer.

“The trou­ble is it might get pinched again,” Hugo’s grand­fa­ther, Michael Brom­ley, said.

He said they could pos­si­bly put the horse in a pad­dock at the back of their prop­erty.

“I would think about it for sure,” he said.

“We could hardly af­ford the first one.”

Mr Brom­ley said there was no way Hugo’s pony, which was very quiet and friendly, would have run away on its own.

But he said he did not ex­pect to get it back.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GONE: Hugo Kraay's brother Gabriel and mum Tanika with the stolen pony.

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