Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages are a small, fully insured family run business based south west of Colchester. Our Coachman Alan has over 30 years of carriage driving experience. You can feel in safe hands as Alan has passed The British Driving Society 'Code of Practice Road Driving Assessment for both Pairs of Horses and Teams of Horses in Rural & Urban Environment'.
Alan has completed the BDS Level 4 Professional Drivers qualification covering all aspects of commercial carriage driving. Alan has also been awarded his Tandem Bars at the Tandem Club’s 75th Anniversary meet which is quite a personal achievement.
We pride ourselves in being a very friendly business that thrives on making your day special by giving a very personal service.
As passionate horse enthusiasts, our horses are not just 'tools of the trade' but very much loved family members. Our horses health and welfare is paramount and we feel that they love the role that they play on your special day.
We decided to go into providing horse drawn carriage services as we wanted other people to be able to experience and enjoy the timeless quintessential beauty that carriage horses provide.
Please phone us to discuss your requirements so we can help make your special day even more memorable.
Alan was brought up with horses driving and riding competitively as a child. He rode in point to points from the age of 16 winning many championships, then later in his early twenties rode against professional jockeys. Alan had to retire from race riding due to many injuries which sadly comes with the territory and a struggle to keep his weight down. He is also a registered farrier and has run his own farriers business for over 20 years.
Alan returned to his early love of carriage driving, breaking in all of his own horses as well as many for other people. he now does all of the driving for the business and has the relevant qualifications to drive up to teams of horses commercially.
Paulette has enjoyed riding Trottie in many different disciplines from jumping to dressage. She is the main person behind the scenes looking after all of our horses on a day to day basis mucking out, grooming and daily exercise. Paulette plaits and turns out our horses to a very high standard. She loves being around the horses and caring for their every need to make sure they are all happy and healthy. This is shown by the huge bond that she has with each and every one of the 'boys' and their mutual affection for her.
Paulette's other great love in life is dogs, especially her beautiful black Labradors and German Shepherds, they are never far away from her! Her favourite thing in the world is to combine her love for her dogs and horses in taking trips driving around the beautiful English countryside (especially the New Forest) in the carriage with the dogs at heel 'perfect'!