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While Ms Crosbie was busy fundraising for the ride of her life on Saturday night, thieves broke into a sea container on her property in Oakford and stole more than $25,000 worth of horse gear and equipment.

Ms Crosbie and her friend Sophie Watson (24) have been selected from more than 1000 applications worldwide to compete in the 2015 Mongol Derby, a 10-day, 1000km horse race across the harsh Mongolian Steppe.

Only 40 people can ride in the race, considered the world�s longest and toughest horse race, with competitors riding from dawn to dusk on semi-wild Mongolian horses owned by local herders.

The goal is to complete the 10-day challenge.

Ms Crosbie and Ms Watson each need to raise $25,000 to get to Mongolia and compete.

They are scheduled to leave on July 27 and have been training hard but the theft has been a major setback for Ms Crosbie, who is appealing for her horse gear to be returned.

�A lot of the saddlery that was taken is quite rare and unique,� she said.

�As well as seven saddles, they took flood lights, electric fencing, boots, helmets, bridles, rugs, stock whips and more.

�I’m not sure if they were horse people themselves or not, they left some items you think they would have taken, but then they took an expensive bit and unless you were a horse person, you wouldn’t know what it was for.�

The horse equipment, which Ms Crosbie needs to run her business Horsewest, was securely padlocked inside the sea container on the property where she keeps her horses.

Horse gear that belonged to her mum and two of her friends was also stolen.

Thieves used bolt cutters to cut through a thick metal clasp, to which the padlock was attached.

Ms Crosbie, who did not have insurance, has been left feeling �upset, angry and disappointed� but is hopeful someone knows something.

�I though it was a bit of a coincidence that it happened while I was out at the fundraising event,� she said.

�Someone must know something and they should do the right thing. I think a lot of people assume you are rich because you own horses but that�s not the case. We have all worked hard and saved up for nice things for ourselves and our horses; people should get a job and buy their own stuff.

�We have been doing our own investigative work. A Facebook post we set up has been shared over 2500 times all around Australia.�

The incident has been reported to Mundijong Police.

Anyone with information can contact Louise Crosbie on 0412 427 183 or phone Mundijong Police on 9526 1900.