Danny is a Clydesdale cross Connemara cob horse. Gypsy bred in Ireland, he is a real character. He is 15 hands tall. He is bright bay with white socks and long feathers (hairs on his legs) which fly up in the air when he trots. He holds himself well and has pulled a carriage for weddings for many years. He used to be hired out to pull a cart collecting scrap in Belfast, then was in a riding school for a couple of years before being bought to pull a carriage for weddings in Northern Ireland. He rides side saddle as well as pulls a harrow or a carriage. He is sometimes known by his knick name of ‘Houdini’ (the great escape artist) due to his ability to open gates, doors, feed bins and tie-up ropes! He loves to play with the youngster, Archie. Danny is now 26 years old and has retired gracefully from teaching. Thanks Dan for being you.
Archie is now 12 years old, 14.1 hands and is full of mischief. He is probably an Irish or Welsh cross cob, black with four white socks and a blaze on his face, like Roger and Danny. He has a very inquisitive nature and tends to follow you around, enjoying human company, as well as playing with Bob, who is his best friend. He has been carriage driving for the last 9 years and is coming along nicely. Clive Price on the Isle of Wight introduced him to driving and did a brilliant job in June 2009. Before his sad passing, Clive was one of the best horsemen around. Archie has been with us for many years.
This photo is of Archie driven as a pair with Roger in Newtown, Isle of Wight.
Archie drives as a pair with Lady Gigi and with Bob. Although he is a good hand size smaller than Gigi, because he holds his head up well, they don't look so different in size. It's a relief that their paces match so well (they all walk and trot at the same speed). Archie has to work a lot harder with Gigi, so we manage to cover the distance rather faster than we did with Roger and Archie driving together. Archie and Bob drive surprisingly well together and enjoy each other's company. They play together a lot. We drove Archie and Bob for the first time together in June 2014 and took them on holiday driving as a pair on the Isle of Wight three weeks later.
Archie is my favourite horse to drive as part of a pair. He keeps you on your toes!
Photo of Archie and Gigi on the Marlborough Downs sponsored drive for the RDA. Photo courtesy of Hazel Woodbridge.
Lady Gigi is ten years old and is a lovely ride and drive mare. She is 15.1hh and is a pretty coloured cob, possibly Gypsy bred as she is so settled and calm. She has lovely feathers and a long flowing mane. She has a steady walk and trot and she is also works as a pair with Archie and Bob.
Gigi is a lovely, kind horse to drive and covers the longer distances when learning to drive. She's also beautiful!
Bobby is a traditional Gypsy coloured cob, 14 hands ride and drive. He is adorable and full of character. We've had him since July 2011 and he is now part of the family. He gets on best with Archie and Gigi. He's a lovely driving pony. This is a photo of Bobby with Gigi at their first show to give him the experience. Gigi is nearly 6" taller, but they go well together ~ if look slightly odd!
Bob is a good horse to drive when you are first starting and gaining experience. He is interested in everything around him and has a heart of gold. He is utterly adorable.
Stephanie Dale has shown numerous people how to carriage drive over the twenty years she has been driving. She has ridden since she was six years old and previously taught riding. Her greatest sense of achievement comes from taking people carriage driving who were previously a little frightened of horses. When riders come for a carriage drive, they usually finish with a big smile on their faces, beaming in the glow of learning a different way with horses.
Stephanie’s approach to carriage driving is that it is good fun, but the safety of the trainee whip (driver), passengers, horses and other road users is of paramount importance. She gives carriage driving instruction using the traditional Coaching method of carriage driving as it is probably the safest method of driving and is recommended by the British Driving Society.
"The patience and teaching skills Stephanie has shown are highly commendable! The session was presented in a first class manner - clearly and concisely from start to finish and I have learnt so much. Many thanks". L Bishop
Stephanie is also a Management Trainer and Business Management lecturer plus author of two books for lawyers (she has an MBA, and is a Chartered Marketer) so understands the different ways people learn, and adjusts her training style to suit the preferred method of learning for the individual concerned. This way, people tend to learn more quickly and get greater enjoyment from it. http://www.cpd-uk.co.uk
Stephanie drives singles and pairs and plans to get back into driving a tandem.
Her aim is to encourage more people into this wonderful sport whether they have had any experience with horses or not. Carriage driving is an exceptional skill to learn, and one that very few people in this country ever have the opportunity to experience. Driving with Stephanie will give you the thrill of working with extraordinary horses, gaining their trust and co-operation so that both they and you have a great time carriage driving and you will gain a memory to last a lifetime.
Stephanie has passed the British Driving Society (BDS) Preliminary and Intermediate exams; the BDS Carriage Driving Road Driving Assessment Test and the WATO Certificate of Competence (Welfare of Animals in Transport). Stephanie also successfully completed the Emergency First Aid for the Workplace course. In 2011, she passed the PTTLS teaching adults course through Bolton University to gain a government 'licence to teachadults.
Stephanie was Assistant Commissioner British Driving Society Gloucestershire and North Wiltshire.