Nestled in the rolling countryside of southeast New Hampshire, The Carriage Barn provides a full spectrum of equine therapeutic programs and activities. In the context of a quiet, natural outdoor setting, our gentle horses and supportive team help participants form unique relationships that nurture and empower them in ways that bring new insights, self-confidence, improved communication, and relaxation.


Introduction to the Carriage Association of America’s Driver Proficiency Program Clinic

Come join The Carriage Barn’s Adult Driving Class on Sunday, March 22, 2015 for an introduction to The Carriage Association of America’s Carriage Driving Proficiency Program.  Our guest speaker will be Jerry Trapani.  The day will include both presentation and hands on demonstrations.  Attendees will have the opportunity to work directly with Carriage Barn horses and carriages.

Jerry and Rita Trapani are founding members of the Paumanok Driving Club (NY) and American Driving Society and Carriage Association of America (CAA) life members.  Jerry is a CAA board member, and is a Carriage Showcase Committee co-chair.  He is also a certified instructor and evaluator for CAA Carriage Driving Proficiency Levels 1 and 2.  Jerry is a retired NYPD farrier and has driven in New York City for Buster McGill of Chateau Stables in parades and TV and film.  He is also Vice chairman of the Friends of Connetquot on Long Island.  The Trapanis own Shadbelly Farm on Long Island, NY
Jerry authored the book, Equine Hoof Care, by Arco Press. Certified by The American Farriers Association and The Guild of Professional Farriers, Jerry has written many articles for magazines and books and is a popular speaker on many equine topics.
Jerry and Rita have been successful competitors in dressage, fox hunting, and carriage driving both CDE and pleasure shows. Jerry has helped design several successful carts and carriages. He also does carriage and harness appraisals and has been an expert witness in several equine related court cases.

This special class will run from 10am to 3pm.  Proceeds help support The Carriage Barn’s therapeutic riding & carriage driving programs.  The Carriage Barn Equine Assisted Therapy programs seek to promote the health and well-being of individuals of all ages with disabilities by enhancing their physical, psychological, cognitive and emotional healing and strengthening through equine activities.  Program activities further this purpose by utilizing horses to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to form unique relationships that nurture and empower them in a way that brings new insights, self-confidence, improved communication, and relaxation.  In the context of a quiet, natural outdoor setting, these activities provide a serene learning environment.

For more information, please click here, or contact The Carriage Barn.


Senior Driving Class Goes Sleighing

Just one day before Blizzard Juno comes blowing in, the Senior Driving class takes advantage of the mild weather and Saturday’s snow……Sleighing anyone?


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 Driving at The Carriage Barn

 Student Dani at her driving lesson.  Thank you to Peter Wright for shooting & editing such great video!

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The Great Barnum

SBarnum & Bailey were given to The Carriage Barn Equine Assisted Therapy Program in May 2005. Wendy Llewellyn wanted them to have a good home. They were imported from Belgium as circus ponies. After the original owner lost interest in them, they were left in a large field with Clydesdales; Wendy saved them from the pastures of Connecticut. She bought harness and drove them, a perfectly matched black pair of Shetlands. She wanted to compete with a large horse in carriage driving shows.
OBarnum and Bailey were named by the kids in our 2005 Kids Driving Camp. The kids loved to learn how to drive a pair and who could resist a photo opportunity with these adorable ponies, 10 hands, all dressed up with their green feather plumbs. Barnum and Bailey were never separated during their teaching time with us. We know they were clever and knew circus tricks. We did not know whether they spoke Flemish, French, or German, but they definitely drove with no verbal cues. One day we decided to use them for a riding lesson. Two little kids got on and were being led around the ring. Suddenly, both ponies simply laid down. We never figured out the cue, maybe the clowns taught them the trick as part of the circus act. From that moment, they were drive only.
6-25-11 Parade-1Over the years, hundreds of people met our great circus boys; in parades, at camps, and in lessons. Last Summer, they helped a young woman with Spina Bifida who was afraid of heights, speed, and leaving her wheelchair. They were her first driving experience. The indoor arena was filled with aides, sidewalkers, and breathless onlookers. The ponies pulled and we all began to enjoy the moment.
3-20-06 018-1Sadly, that moment, that Summer, must live with us forever. The great Barnum died in his pasture, with Bailey and his other pasture mates by his side, on New Year’s Day. We think he was very close to forty years old. For the last four years, Barnum & Bailey have lived with their veterinarian, Dr. Janet Wojciechowski and her husband, Mr. Don Haley. Dr. Wojciechowski had diligently cared for the boys’ allergies. Over the years, the grasses and other pollens along with fly bites had compromised their quality of life. Their monthly shots and tremendous care allowed them to productively function until now.
DSC_0020-1We will ring in the New Year with hearts filled with Joy and Peace. Goodness and Mercy abound around us. To all of you, we are most grateful. To Barnum, we will always remember. To Bailey, we will shower you with love and protect you from loss.