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Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages Blog
Introducing Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages

Family run and fully insured business Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages is based south west of Colchester. Taking pride in being a very friendly business, Layer Marney Horse Drawn Carriages thrives on making your day special and giving a very personal service.Coachman Alan has over 30 years of carriage driving experience,
Many Weddings and a Funeral (and an anniversary)!

Well, what a whirlwind the last couple of months have been!!!  We have been so busy!!  The horses have worked very hard and as usual have done us proud! We have had a real varied selection of work obviously weddings being the busiest due to the time of year.  King and Gilbert our beautiful Friesian…

Caroline March's Blog
Introducing Caroline March

I am Caroline March a 23-year-old professional event rider. I have been riding since before I could walk. Coming from a horsey family, (my mother evented to 4* and my father used to point to point and is currently MFH to our local pack), it was a fairly regular occurrence that I would get put on a pony to get me out the way. I have come
Flying Form

What an amazing few weeks I have had, the horses have all been on flying form! Firstly, Buckminster with the gorgeous Mabel, she did a stunning test to score 26 and then jumped an immaculate double clear to finish 2nd in the KBIS 5yo section and qualify for Osberton on the same score as the…

Philip Spivey's Blog
Introducing Philip Spivey Philip Spivey was born in Khatmandu, where his parents were based in Nepal before moving to India where he developed a passion for horses. Philip trained with former British Team Chef d'Equipe Ronnie Massarella before moving on to work for Robert Smith. In 2000, Philip joined the prestigious Traxdata showjumping team, which included the international riders Peter
Interview with Philip Spivey at the Nations Cup

Here we are in Norway, the day before you compete once again for your country in the Nations Cup, you must be delighted to be here? Yes I am very delighted to be here to and be representing my country once again, the weather isn’t fantastic but the ground is good and hopefully my horse…

Jimmy’s Journey
Welcome to Jimmy’s Journey, where you will hear regular updates on the progress being made by Jimmy in the world of carriage driving. I am Jane Holloway and I live in East Anglia.  I have kept horses for over 30 years and have ridden for many of those years, until a knee injury dictated that riding was no longer an option for me. Driving ponies have always intrigued me, but never thought
Jimmy gets 4-wheels and a new Wardrobe

I had just dropped into the telephone conversation that I had bought a new carriage, it went very quiet and then I heard Allen say “sorry I am in Newmarket collecting some rugs that need repairs and it is quite noisy, I thought you said that you had bought a 4 wheeler?” Uh-oh, I know…

Karen Lewis' Blog
Introducing Karen Lewis   My name is Karen Lewis and I work as a Master Saddler and Qualified Saddle Fitter. I have recently moved to Essex after having previously lived for eight years in Bedfordshire and before that, seven years in East Sussex. My interest in horses started aged seven, when my parents took my sister and I for riding lessons. We both then progresse
Saddlers, Stitchers and Riders

I am often asked when I first meet people what exactly is a saddler? For me its a way of life, my profession born out of wanting to be working within the equestrian industry but also being creative and working with my hands. I came to saddlery through luck really – it is a hard…

Tom Clover's Blog
Introducing Tom Clover     Tom Clover is the most recent addition to the training ranks in Newmarket having set up alongside fiancée Jackie Jarvis in late 2016. Tom – and his family – have been around horses most of their lives. He rode in point-to-points as a young man and, after gaining a diploma from the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, star
A ‘Glorious’ August

The focus of the racing world turned to Glorious Goodwood for the first week of August where unfortunately the weather was anything but glorious. Torrential rain meant that the ground was very soft and as a result there were some big priced winners and a number of leading stars were forced to withdraw. There were…