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Dear Carriage Driving Essentials Customers:

It’s been 17 years since I started Carriage Driving Essentials and I've loved every minute of it. However, my husband, Gary, really wants to retire and I really can't continue this business, as it is, without him. We’ve already cut back on going to events so we’ve made the decision to offer our business for sale, completely, as is, or sell out of most of the items with the exception of our entire line of harness, the custom and handmade Bits and the Bird-In-Hand and Bellcrown Carriages. We hope to be in the next stage by the end of this year (2015). You will notice items "going away" from the website a little at a time. 

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!

Tel: 209-966-4499 or Toll Free order line 877-966-4499 or e-mail us at:

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