Horses have contributed more than any other animal to the survival and civilisation of we humans. Our affinity with the horse is evolutionary; as a food source, an instrument of war, for transport and labour, entertainment, sport and pleasure.
For something that was integral to daily life, harness driving is a dying tradition and mostly foreign to the younger generations. A horse in full ‘regalia’ is mesmerising, the strike of metal shoes and jingle of harness demands attention and deserves not to be lost.
I selected the Percheron breed for their working attitude, reliability, temperament, conformation and strength. Montana and Indiana were both sourced from Victoria as 4 year olds. The dappled greys were chosen for their social personalities and big soft hearts; they are the heart and soul of my business.
Both horse drawn vehicles, like my horses, have presence and charm. The ‘vis-a vis’ style carriage was made in Germany in 1997 by Hansmeier, it was sourced from the UK and imported to Australia in 2010. Golden oak, spindled detail, brass lamps, wicker basket, leather seats and disc brakes, it has vintage character with modern necessities. The striking Wagonette is Australian made and has been meticulously restored, it has the advantage and versatility of a (removable) roof, proving invaluable in Summer and Winter, this vehicle is an absolute stand out! Both vehicles carry 6 adult passengers or equivalent.
The horse and carriage experience evokes nostalgia, is enchanting and unique. As the owner, organiser and driver of ‘Classic Carriage Drives’ my priority is to provide a reliable, professional, personalised service that reflects class and old world charm.
The roads are rare to travel, and life seems all complete;
The grind of wheels on gravel, the trot of horses’ feet …
Henry Lawson, ‘The Lights of Cobb & Co’, 1897