Are you ready for your carriage ride in downtown Bend? If you don’t want to miss us you should call, text or send an email to make sure we will be available. You can usually find us on the corner of Bond and Minnesota on Friday and Saturday nights, sometimes even Thursdays. We may not be there if we are working at a wedding or giving a brewery tour. If you need to check a carriage ride off from your bucket list or treat the grand kids we don’t want to miss you!
- New Horses!! Kurt and Roman
Since Dan and Saucer are 23 and 21 years old, I have looked for a new team for a few years. They are in great shape and can still work, but I don’t want to overwork them. On the other hand, I believe that horses aren’t meant to just stand in a pasture and eat, especially when they are older. I compare it to tying you to a couch and feeding you nothing but Doritos. Now they will be backups for pulling the wagon and can pull the carriage in downtown Bend enough to stay healthy. Saucer will probably still pull the carriage for weddings also since he is so darn good looking!
It just so happens that I had heard that Valley View Percherons, owned by the Wilder family from Custer, Washington, were retiring from showing and were selling their horses. This is the same farm that my uncle Jeff bought Dan and Saucer from 15 years ago! The Wilders sold 17 horses last year and were finishing their shows this year before selling their last few. The last show of the season was at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Since it saved me about 6 hours round trip through Seattle I picked them up after the last day of the fair.
In order to put on a show with 6 horses it takes a whole crew to get everything done. The Wilders had three young ladies that have helped with the horses for a few years and wanted to say good-bye. They said the horses had never been ridden before and the girls wanted to give it a try. After the horses and people had dinner we all met back at the barn to have some fun!
Before you start seeing Kurt and Roman pulling the carriage we need to get used to working with each other. They can handle crowds and distractions proven by their experiences showing with Valley View Percherons, but can they handle a First Friday Art Walk? Dan and Saucer know and trust me. I will start building a working relationship with Kurt and Roman at Olson Farms Pumpkin Patch in October. Their debut in Bend will probably be the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 11th. For now, they are getting lots of love and attention at their new home.
- Riding My Horse Through the Pet Parade
I hadn’t planned on riding my 18 hand, 2200 lb. Percheron through the Bend Pet Parade, but I am glad I did! It is the second time that I know of that he has been ridden in in 15 years and he didn’t complain a bit. I had ridden him earlier this February after he pulled my son and I on a sled. For this parade I climbed on him using the horse trailer for a ladder and was afraid to jump off because I didn’t know how I would get back on! After over an hour on his back I was so ready to dismount. He is easy to ride but very uncomfortable. Dan is so wide it is like trying to wrap your legs around your kitchen table!
We were even on the news! There is a flash of us going by the camera at about 50 seconds in after the part about the pancake breakfast. Next year I want to make a train of Radio Flyer wagons full of kids and have Dan pull us while I drive him from the front wagon!
Dan and I are out in front of the Deschutes Historical Museum waiting for the Pet Parade.
- Seats Available on May 25th Brewery Tour
We have 8 seats available on a HORSE DRAWN BREWERY TOUR happening on Sunday, May 25. MEMORIAL WEEKEND!
May 23rd kicks off Central Oregon Beer Week. What better way to join in on the fun happening at the breweries than to visit them with us!
You can see more information on our Brewery Tours page. If you would like to climb aboard and go tour the breweries contact us now!
- 4 breweries in 5 hours.
- Free samples.
- Meet at the valet parking of The Oxford Hotel.
- Convenient parking in the parking garage.
- Take time for you to have lunch at one of the breweries.
- It’s a great way to see Bend!
- Easter Carriage Rides at the Pine Tavern
While giving carriage rides downtown I met Mike, the General Manager of the Pine Tavern. He invited us to give carriage rides for families during their Easter brunch and Easter egg hunt. It was a wonderful time seeing all the little egg hunters dressed up in their Easter clothes. The egg hunt was out behind the Pine Tavern along the river and after it was over the kids coming out would show me how many eggs they had found. It was a very fun day!
The Pine Tavern will also be having a brunch on Mother’s Day and we will be back giving carriage rides again. Click the link below to put it on your calendar!
- Birthday Carriage Ride for Havvie
Last week I received a phone call from Brad and Kindra hoping for a carriage ride for their daughter, Havvie’s 5th birthday. Luckily, the weather was warm and I was able to take Dan and the carriage into town for the special occasion!
Kindra told me that Havvie saw Cowboy Carriage in Downtown Bend last summer and it has been a topic of conversation for ever since! I am glad that I was able to make her birthday so special!
- St. Paddy’s Day in Redmond
This past Saturday Dan and Saucer and I gave rides at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Redmond.
- Horse Drawn Hay Rides at the Redmond St. Patrick’s Day Festival 2014
Cowboy Carriage will be giving horse-drawn hay rides at the St. Patrick’s Day Festival of Redmond. We will be near the kids area from 12 – 4 on Saturday, the 15th.
- Snow Much Fun!
We had lots of snow and wanted to play outside. There are no sledding hills nearby and the roads were too bad to risk going to the mountains. This was even more fun because we didn’t have to hike back up the hill!
Does anyone know a way to have the horse pull you on skis? I don’t want to directly attach myself to the horse, but I need to use both hands to drive. How do you keep yourself attached with a quick release so that you aren’t drug if you fall?
- Old Mill Wedding
This day was so hot I couldn’t even wear a hat! I picked up the bride and her father near Les Schwab Amphitheater. We took advantage of the wildflowers to have Chris Mather Photography capture some beautiful pictures.
- Marriage Proposal – Matt and Brenna
There are certain things that women dream about from the time that they are little girls and want to remember until they are old ladies. Weddings and the marriage proposal are at the top of the list and guys, you don’t want to come up short of their dreams! She is responsible for a big portion of the planning of the wedding, but the proposal is all on the men. You need to put some effort into it! It needs to be well thought out, romantic, a beautiful setting, and a surprise! The goal is to prove that you are worthy of her, right?
Matt understood what I am talking about. He called me and said that he would like to hire Cowboy Carriage as part of his marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Brenna. So that she did not immediately figure it out, we made Valentine’s Day the cover story. This is actually the fourth marriage proposal that I have been part of, so I have all of the details ironed out! I made brunch reservations for Matt at 10 Below in the Oxford Hotel. If you want to be sure you are treated right, trust the Oxford!
I parked the horse and carriage right in front of the building so that when they stepped out of the elevator Brenna could see the whole thing. When they walked outside I jumped off the carriage, said ‘Hi’ to Matt and ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ to Brenna. Boy, was she surprised! After they were cuddled under a wool blanket I took them through Downtown Bend, down along Drake Park and across the river on Galveston. Then, back up the river along Harmon Park. When I got to the end of the park there is a foot bridge that crosses the river back to Drake Park. I made a lame excuse that Dan was breathing hard and could use a rest. Since we were right at the bridge I suggested that they check out the view.