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Dear Carriage Driving Essentials Customers:

It’s been 18 years since I started Carriage Driving Essentials and i have enjoyed it very much. With my husband wanting to retire, we are no longer going to attend events with our mobile tack shop. I am changing the way I do business by reducing some of our inventory and specializing in harness sales, including custom work, Bird-in-Hand Carriages and Bellcrown Carriages all made here in the USA and also custom hand-made bits along with selected imported bits we feel are of good quality. I get a lot of pleasure is helping people, one on one, and finding the perfect fit for their needs. We will continue to reduce inventory of certain items and we’ll stock some bits and harness parts for your convenience. We still have a lot of inventory left, so feel free to shop or call if you don’t see what you need or want, we might just have it!

Additionally, I’d like to mention that we are offering the "Milton Carriage Works" business name, equipment, welding jigs and the steel wheel manufacturing for sale as a package. We also have the rights to the Buckeye "Norena" carts to offer along with the Milton Carriage Works package. Serious inquires only please! 

We do hope somebody will take the reins from us and will carry on with Carriage Driving Essentials (aka CDE) and or purchase Milton Carriage works and start making some wonderful carts that were very popular a few years ago. We have really enjoyed this phase of our lives and we’re looking forward to the next chapter! 

With much appreciation of your past and future business, 

Celine & Gary Rickards
Mariposa, CA 95338


Welcome to Carriage Driving Essentials!

From miniature horses, ponies, light horses, drafts, we can outfit you! We carry a full line of carriage driving equipment including harness, driving bits, training carts and carriages, safety equipment, books and DVDs on driving, brown driving gloves, men's driving hats, driving whips, spares kits, driving aprons, carriage lamps & picnic baskets. We carry quality leather and synthetic, traditionally styled driving harness including brands such as ZILCO harness, Smuckers Harness, Hunt's show harness and our own Americana harness. We feature custom made Myler driving bits, Glory bits, Abbey bits and more in a large variety of sizes & styles. We offer a selection of used, new and antique horse-drawn carts and carriages for miniature horses through draft horses that include training carts, marathon carriages, gigs, road carts, wagonettes and even commercial carriages. Pleasure driving carriages of all types for singles, pair, four-in-hand & tandem. Personalized, knowledgeable & friendly service is our specialty. Come in and browse through our on-line catalog, you'll find more than just products for sale. Join our mailing list for interesting and helpful tips along with being the first to know about new products & special offers!

Carriage Driving Essentials has been owned and operated by Gary and Celine Rickards since 1998. We drive our horses and have the knowledge and experience to help you select the equipment that is right for you and your equine whether you're new to driving, a recreational driver, or an advanced competitor. Carriage Driving Essentials is dedicated to providing you with distinctive horse-drawn carriages and carts, exceptional quality driving harness, and safe and proper accessories. We can equip all sizes and shapes of driving equines! If you don't see what you're looking for or don't know what you need, call us, we're happy to assist you!

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