2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Custom-Built Horse-Drawn Carriages
They are built in Poland by a company called Poj-Kon (means horse-drawn), says Rebecca Gutierrez who visited the factory after she purchased the U.S.-based carriage business in 2019.
“The designs are very practical. They hold up well and are very sturdy. The price point is in reach for many people,” she says.
Customers can choose paint and upholstery colors, wood stains and wheels, or they request specialty carriages personalized for agritourism, weddings, wineries and other specific purposes.
“They have even made a horse-drawn dump truck. They like a challenge,” Gutierrez says.
About 70 percent of orders are for the Marathon line.
“They are like ATVs, meant to go fast on varied terrain. They are competition vehicles used for the sport of combined driving,” says Gutierrez, who has been competing since 2004.
Another line called Max carriages is designed for draft horses for competition and pleasure riding. There are 4 models for light and heavy draft horses, including the Max IV BTT where the driver sits up high for a better view of his horses. Customers use the carriages with anywhere from 1 to 8 horses.
Both lines have models that start around $8,000.
Gutierrez has some new carriages and pre-owned carriages in stock. For new custom orders, delivery can take 4 to 6 mos. It takes 2 mos. or more to make the carriage and another month to ship them from overseas. Gutierrez fills a container before they are shipped to reduce the cost.
“It’s a great process to see these carriages come to life from metal,” she says. “Because we custom make everything, we can accommodate people who are tall or have physical impairments. We can make it work for anybody.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rebecca Gutierrez, New Heritage Farm, P.O. Box 375, Windsor, S.C. 29856 (ph 803 646-0462; www.newheritagefarm.com; email@example.com).
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