Pinto Carriage Works, LLC
Years in Business
How did you get started?
I have always loved horses and for some reasons, carriages fascinated me. I felt like that was the ultimate test of trust, love and partnership between a horse and his driver. You have to have a very good relationship with your horse to have a safe and fun time for the both of you. The horse must learn to listen to his rider’s voice and rein guides alone to know how to navigate with the carriage. The horse must trust his driver and see him as a leader, so that if things go wrong, the horse looks to his driver for leadership rather than just reacting to the situation. Most horsemen that ride their horses have the reins, voice, seat and legs to guide their horse with. So, I felt like it was a challenge, one that we mastered beautifully.
Now, I was working full-time and found that I had little to no time for my horses. That wasn’t fair to them. I thought why not try to offer my driving skills as a service to others that way I can be with my horses and help someone else out. I picked special occasions like weddings and parties. It’s what we focus on exclusively. The nice thing about that is that we are always involved in a happy occasion, which just makes the whole thing that much more fulfilling. Each one of them is beautiful and we along with the horses fully enjoy them.
Best advice you can give to a bride
Think about what you want to remember about this day when you look back five years down the road. Relax and have fun. This is all about you and your love. You’re proclaiming to the world that you love someone. That is all that matters.
What has been your strangest request?
Strangest request for the carriage out of all of them was that we were requested to give rides at a Hawaiian luau. The horse had a lea on and we had grass skirts. It was fun but different.
Do you work with an assistant?
Yes, my husband accompanies me to all of our events. It is safer to have two handlers for the horses. Also, it is nice to have someone to help you in and out of the carriage.
What would you say is your style?
I would say that we are flexible. I try very hard to coordinate our carriage to the specific event. So, I would say that we are customizable elegance with a dash of fun.
Who is the person you most admire?
My parents as they have earned everything in their lives building up from nothing and will share what they have with others in need happily.
Who is the person that inspired you?
I would have to say my husband Mike. He has been my personal sounding board for ideas, fan club and support through all my work in making this business what it is today. Thanks, baby. I love you with all my heart.
What is your proudest moment in your business?
I would have to say our very first carriage ride. Our neighbor asked if we would be a surprise for his Prom date. We agreed and set about bringing this all together. We didn’t even have a trailer to haul everything. We had to borrow a trailer for the carriage. Our neighbor hauled the carriage and we hauled the horse. Everything came together perfectly. We came around the corner and his date screamed with excitement. Everyone was all smiles and laughter. It was wonderful making them so happy. From that moment on, I was hooked. I wanted to make more people happy.