A western Quebec family is reunited with its competition horse after pulling out all the stops to find her.
The Gougeon family’s horse Princess charged through a fence and disappeared from their La Peche property during a storm three weeks ago.
Camille Gougeon, who has been riding Princess in competitions for three years, put up posters across the community, hired a plane to search from the air and even enlisted the help of two mediums and a horse whisperer.
But the family said Tuesday the horse has been located.
Family friend lured Princess with food
Ricky Lafleur said he'd been telling people around Danford Lake, Que., to keep their eyes out for the horse after seeing the posters and talking to family friend Francois Gougeon.
He said an employee called on Tuesday after he saw a strange horse standing near his barn.
"He said 'there's a horse in my field,' I said to give me a description of the horse and what it looks like, he said "a red horse with a white face,'" Lafleur recounted.
"I said 'that's the horse, try to hold it until I get there' and when I got there, as soon as it saw me holding the rope to tie it, it started to walked away.
"Luckily my wife and I had brought a pail of food, I shook the pail and then the horse came walking back to me."
Camille and Francois Gougeon then drove more than half an hour to get Princess back Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s a big relief to know I have my horse… my first horse,” Camille said.
She said now that Princess is back, she's planning to ride her in a competition this weekend.