|Mon, Sep 22, 2014 02:10 PM
|Issue of September 17, 2014
October 02, 2013 | 10:46 AM
Meeting on a wagon ride, Lance Kingrey and Brian Jackson shared with each other their passion for horses and wagons. It was out of that meeting that K and J Carriages LLC was born.
The new carriage ride company will have its official grand opening with free rides around the square in downtown Corydon from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Jackson drove carriages for three years for the late Gary Henderson's Welcome Home Horse Carriages, which was a fixture at events in downtown Corydon as well as throughout Southern Indiana. When Jackson became the director of Freed From Within (a not-for-profit Christian after-jail mentoring program), he had to discontinue driving for Henderson.
During a memorial service for Henderson and his partner, Aseneth (Senie) Arnold, Jackson said he planned to honor the couple with a memorial plaque on each carriage.
"We're not looking to get rich. We're really not even looking to make a living. We're going to drive our horses, regardless," Jackson said. "The main reason we decided to do it was to honor Gary's legacy. We want to keep his legacy going on and offer someone a nice, peaceful ride around town or wherever they want to go."
The company is fully insured and has four carriages and a stable of haflinger horses. Haflingers are a smaller, but powerful, draft-horse breed. They can pull just as much as a larger draft breed, just not as long, Kingrey said.
"Actually, we have three carriages and what we like to call an Amish school bus," Kingrey said.
The horse-drawn shuttle can hold 18 people, making it perfect for Halloween rides or festival hayrides, church festivals or other events where large numbers of people might be gathered. K and J offers its services for hayrides, weddings, birthdays, company picnics and even funerals (the seats of the shuttle can be removed and allow space for a casket).
"Our main goal is to be safe and offer our guests an enjoyable experience," Jackson said. "They aren't customers; they are our guests. We just want to get out and enjoy ourselves and help others enjoy themselves, too. We enjoy this. It's fun for us."
Rates vary, depending on how many horses are needed, the type of carriage desired and the length of the ride or reservation. At an event where K and J is already working, rides might be free, or at another event it may be $5 a person, with smaller children riding for free. For a really large event, it could cost a few hundred dollars to secure the services of K and J Carriages LLC.
"We're going to try and fit people's budgets," Kingrey said. "We don't want the reason for a bride to not have the chance to ride to the altar in a carriage be because we're too expensive. We have several options available."
The next event K and J will work will be Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 7 p.m. during First Capital Christian Church's Fall Down on the Square in Corydon, and another event for the company will be Light Up Charlestown Nov. 29 through Dec. 21.
For more information about K and J, call Kingrey at 267-1027 or Jackson at 1-812-572-2049. The company is expected to have a Web page and a Facebook page online soon, as well.