Mentoring

GETTING STARTED IN BUSINESS

Mike Miller
mike@thehitchingcompany.com

Mike Miller has been in the commercial horse carriage business since 1988 and not only operates a carriage service in Minneapolis and also in St. Paul, Minnesota, but is a stagecoach operator for Wells Fargo. He is a past president of CONA.

  • City Regulations
  • Financing
  • Urban Stabling/Storing Facility Options

INSURANCE

Reuben Dourte
ReubanDourte@windwardfarms.com

Reuben Dourte is a professional Percheron and Belgian Draft Horse breeder. He represents Ruhl Insurance which insures many CONA operators. He and his father Nevin Dourte are regular and popular speakers at CONA conventions explaining the meaning of policy terms and the types of situations for which we all need coverage.

VEHICLE PURCHASE AND MAINTENANCE

Skip Maletzke
skipm@spurofthemomentranch.org

Skip Maletzke operates Spur of the Moment Ranch in Wisconsin. He knows trucks and trailers and the types most suitable for hauling draft horses and carriages and can discuss options as well as maintenance suggestions and advice.

ACCIDENT MITIGATION

Linda Kramer
76carriage@phillytour.com

Linda Kramer is general manager of one of the largest fleets of carriages in the country. As a downtown Philadelphia operator, as well as in her position as past president of CONA, Linda is experienced in dealing with the media in cases of very public accidents involving horse drawn carriages.

PUBLIC EVENTS

Mark Donovan
magical_journeys@hotmail.com

Mark Donovan has been operating a horse carriage business in Omaha, Nebraska since 1978 and has valuable and practical advice for promoting and safely operating in highly stressful situations for horses.

  • Parades
  • Festivals
  • Tree Lighting Ceremonies

PRIVATE EVENTS

Beth Podhajecki
Beth@loonmeadowfarm.com

Beth started her business 30 years ago doing pony rides for children birthday parties and nursery schools. Soon after she incorporated pony drawn cart and wagon rides into the business which led to the purchase of a pair of large ponies and a surrey. A few years later a team of Belgians who had worked at Disney World in Fl. and a Vis-a-Vis were purchased. Today, with the invaluable assistance of husband and business partner Steve, she provides horse drawn vehicles of all types for special occasions of many varieties throughout CT, MA & eastern NY. Beth says, “We marry ’em and bury ’em and help enhance special moments in between!”

  • Weddings
  • Indian Wedding Baraats
  • Sweet 15 & 16’s “Quincenearas”
  • Private Carriage Rides for Couples, Famlies & Groups
  • Funerals
  • All Events Public & Private

Leilani Gibbons -Elledge
leilani.gibbons@vintagecarriage.com

Leilani has been in the carriage business for over twenty years in a family owned operation. She runs vehicles ranging from sleighs to Cinderella carriages for weddings, special events and funerals. Her company boasts around one hundred events a year with an emphasis the past few years in South Asian Weddings. Feel free to contact her by phone if you like at 800.426.3321.

  • Weddings
  • Baraats
  • Quincenearas