As we developed and expanded our draft
horse hitch and began teaching other horse enthusiasts
to drive teams in our
driving schools, Bundoran Farm acquired quite a sizable
collection of horse-drawn vehicles. A lifetime spent in
production agriculture expressed its interest in fully-functional
farm equipment. Not particularly efficient, by today's
standards, this equipment all is operational and looks
really good working in the background in a
film or video production, as period pieces.
coaching vehicles, descended from our ancestors include
our great-grandfather's Clarence (which he purchased new around
1870), our grandmother's graceful Brewster Victoria, and our
aunt's rockaway opera bus, used as a semi-formal evening carriage.
Perhaps the single rarest horse-drawn vehicle in the Unites
States is the "Children's Delight," a superbly restored horse-drawn
kiddy carousel. This extremely valuable vehicle is hitched
only on very special occasions, like the 2000 Foxfield Races
to benefit the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and the
"Today" morning television show with Willard Scott, to promote
the Town of Warrenton's 100th Anniversary horse show.
The media loves the carriages and the carousel: when a hitch
team arrives for a special appearance, local newspapers often
our horse teams at work, and camera crews come running.
The very large commercial
delivery vans and trucks are massive vehicles and impressive
restorations. They are suited for multiple-horse teams of heavy
horses. All are road-worthy, and spectacular.