Hundreds searching Gnangara plantation for missing horse

Clairice Stewart-Lyons seen here riding Onyx.
Clairice Stewart-Lyons seen here riding Onyx.

HUNDREDS of people are currently searching the Gnangara pine plantation for a horse, which has been missing for three days.

Clairice Stewart-Lyons’ horse Onyx went missing in the pine plantation off Gnangara Road in Lexia at around 7.20pm on Tuesday and has not been seen since.

Ms Stewart-Lyons said she fell off the horse while out riding, when he got spooked and ran off.

She said she was concerned for his welfare, with high temperatures and no sightings of the horse.

She said since putting the call out on social media hundreds of people had offered their support, with people from all over searching the pine plantation on horseback, in 4-wheel drives and on motorbikes.

“So many people in the horse community and in the wider community have offered their help to try find him. It’s very overwhelming,” she said.

“I’m really worried about him and I just want him to come home and be safe.”

Ms Stewart-Lyons is trying to fundraise enough money to hire a helicopter to search for Onyx.

“The plantation is thousands of acres and I have decided to exhaust my last option of utilising a helicopter service,” she said

“We’re hoping to get a helicopter out tonight or tomorrow to search for him, but it’s very expensive, so we’re trying to fundraise enough money to pay for it.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up with the goal of raising $2000 to pay for the helicopter

She said she hoped people could donate the smallest amount to bring her horse home.

“Words cannot describe what this pony means to me and how much love I have for him,” she said.

“Thank you to everyone who is helping search and anyone who has donated so far, even the smallest donation will help.”

Onyx was last seen wearing a saddle and red saddle blanket.

If anyone has any information about Onyx please call 0449000633.

To donate and help find Onyx visit https://www.gofundme.com/3as08s8