Meet The Team
Here at Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages, we are owner-operators who take pride and professionalism in all we do. Our horses are our family and their welfare is paramount to us. Come and learn a little about us.
A lifelong passion for horses and growing up with harness horses, the last ten years have seen Steve return to the love of his childhood. Steve was also successful with horsepower of a different nature with showing his classic muscle cars. His attention to detail and drive for perfection has now turned full circle back to horses. Steve will be your driver on most occasions. He will cheerfully give you commentary during your jaunts if you’d like a bit of Hobart history.
What little girl doesn’t love horses? Sharon has been involved with horses since she was 8 years old – from competitive dressage to breeding Hanoverian horses to an Official Dressage Judge. Sharon assists as Groom and also is the Administrative Manager, taking bookings and answering your enquiries.
Frank is a grey 20 year old Standardbred gelding. Frank has a ton of experience as a carriage horse but his first job in life was a harness racing horse and then a Clerk of the Course. Frank comes from Toowoomba in Queensland. A gentle and dependable boy, Frankie is a reserved character who sets a great example as a schoolmaster for all of our horses. In harness, he is calm and reliable. Soft as a teddy bear, he will patiently allow little hands to pat him all over. He might be our oldest horse but he’s far from being ready for the retirement pasture. Frank still loves to work and always puts in his best efforts. He is a pleasure to work with on all levels.
Red is a 8 year old Clydesdale cross/Warmblood strawberry roan gelding. He’s from Victoria and has competed successfully at Royal Melbourne Show. Red certainly turns heads with his visually striking colour and his extravagant movement. He’s big and beautiful with a soft, lovely nature. He loves his food so don’t get between him and an apple! Relatively new to working in a pair and working the city streets, Red has totally impressed us with his adaptability to new situations and already looks like a true professional.
Mickey and his partner, Soxy, were purchased by us in September 2015. Previously they worked the carriage tours of Melbourne so Hobart is like retirement for them! Mickey is a 16.3 bay Standardbred who hasn’t made the racetrack but he certainly makes a wonderful carriage horse. He’s a cheeky fellow whose only thought is of when he might get his next bread roll! He’s got a ton of personality and quirky little traits that you’ll see if he happens to be on duty for your ride.
Soxy is just a pure joy to work with. He’s a 15 year old bay Standardbred who is so rock solid and dependable, we consider ourselves very lucky to own him. He raced 36 times for 1 win and his racing name was “This Man Should”. Fortunately, Soxy was rescued before his racing owner consigned him to a place he was never coming back from. He’s such a gentle, friendly boy and, like Frank, makes a great teacher for the young ones. Soxy is one of our biggest horses, standing a whopping 17.1 hands.
Jett and Jasper
The black boys – a perfect pair! They are also Standardbreds, tall and athletic. Jett and Jasper have just graduated to working in Hobart. They’re still under the tutelage of Frank and Soxy though! The old pros will help the new boys get accustomed to the sights and sounds of the big city. All those eager, patting hands are a new thing for a horse to learn how to cope with. Not to mention standing still while you wait for your next tour. Having an experienced horse partner a new horse helps give them confidence and guidance and we are very lucky to have Frank and Soxy to call on for help. Jett and Jasper have very much impressed us with coming so far, so quickly.