Somebody stole the $1,000 saddle awarded Miss Rodeo Ogden 1998 right out of the back of a pickup truck in a church parking lot on Sunday.
Amber Webb, a 20-year-old Weber State University student from Clinton, had been awarded the saddle Saturday night as part of her title.But by Sunday afternoon, someone tore up the shell on the pickup truck and hauled it off, Weber County sheriff's deputies said.
"The saddle was in a box, and once they open it and see what they've got, they're going to realize they'll have a hard time selling it," said sheriff's detective Gary Worthen.
The saddle has the words "Ms. Rodeo Ogden 1998" emblazoned on both sides, making it tough to fence, Worthen said.
"Whoever took it, we hope they'll return it," he said. "Even if it just turns up somewhere where we can find it."
"They haven't been taking them to pawn shops anymore because they know we're watching for them there," Worthen said. "So now they've been turning up at antique shows and in antique shops."