Learn to drive a horse and carriage in the beautiful Welsh or Oxford countryside, with Marc Lovatt in traditional English Coachman Style. Marc has previously driven carriages for HRH The Queen at Buckingham Palace among his many years experience and is fully insured to teach carriage driving.
From driving single horses in a cart with a view to agricultural work, to pairs and teams of horses for personal carriage driving. Marc Lovatt is based at The Cavalry of Heroes, which he founded back in 2014, and has a variety of horses and carriages for you to learn with while priding ourselves on our excellent safety record and fun, informative experiences. Learn to drive a horse and carriage yourself or enjoy one of our scenic carriage drives or you can gift the experience as a present with one of our gift certificates.
Introduction to Driving a Horse and Carriage – £299
For one or two people, an in person half day carriage driving experience from Marc Lovatt, who calmly and thoughtfully teaches the traditional skill of driving a horse and carriage at our HQ near Hay-on-Wye, covering both single and pairs, this experience gives you plenty of time behind the reins and can be gifted as a gift certificate. Marc teaches traditional coachman style just like he did when he worked at The Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace. You can read more about the Introduction Experience here and you can buy the experience via paypal on the same page. If you have any questions please contact me.
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Carriage Drivimg Lessons
Beginners 1.5 Hours Lesson – £100 For those who have completed a half day carriage driving experience with Marc, lessons can be continued through long-lining and driving a single horse and carriage. A discounted rate is available if you block book a set of six lessons (available for £500). Contact Us to book.
Intermediate 1.5 Hours Lesson – £120 For those that have gained experience driving through the beginners lessons, you can move onto intermediate lessons for driving a pair, and later to driving a team of four. Contact Us to book.
Advanced Two Hours Lesson – POA For Advanced lessons are available from our base in Oxford, including different carriages, routes, obstacles and driving formations. Contact Us to book.
For learning from home if you can’t get to our HQ. We want to spread our message of building sustainability back into our planet through the teaching of traditional horsemanship skills for everyday life as far as possible, and we realise that you can’t always make it to our HQ here in Wales, so we’ve created these online courses just for you. From how to drive a horse and carriage, harnessing up and the different formations, to specifics about agricultural work with horses, see our courses here. We’re adding new courses regularly and if you would like to be the first to hear about Marc’s new courses please sign up to our adventure newsletter below.
Training Horses to Drive
Marc is fully insured and experienced to train horses into harness. We have a selection of carriages, agricultural training equipment and harness to get horses used to driving. All is done with the safety of the horses and drivers in mind. Training livery is available at our HQ near Hay-on-Wye, Wales. See here for more details.
Meet some of My Driving Horses
We have horses that are used for agricultural work (harrowing and grass cutting) and others that are purely used to pull carriages, and you can learn to drive them all in a safe and experienced environment. Our Friesian Asgard is a delight to drive and so is our big heavyweight cob Guinness who is also excellent at logging. Our pair of Appaloosa’s are half brothers who love nothing better than being in harness pulling a carriage and you will see them at many a wedding and show.
Zorro & D'artagnon
16.1hh | Black | Friesians
Zorro, like his friend D’artagnon, is a gentle soul and has lots and lots of presence. He looks to his human friends for playtime and trusts Marc so much that he is really brave in new situations. From being on film sets and driving carriages through London to jousting as the Dark Knight’s horse. He makes friends with every horse in the herd and every cat, chicken and human on the yard! Since we first got him he has put on lots of muscle and is super strong, especially pulling carriages by himself of with his friends in pairs and teams.
Harry & Apollo
15.2hh | Appaloosa | Geldings | Brothers
Our gangster pair of brothers! Always together and creating mischief these two have never been separated. They dote on each other and absolutely love performing. They drive a carriage together as a pair and joust in many of our shows. Apollo is slightly younger one and he has the white nose while Harry (fully name Harry Potter!) has the black nose with the black Poirot style moustache. You may recognise them as the horses in the Mumford and Sons Beloved music video among their many appearances on screen.
Guinness & BAtman
15.3hh | Black | Cobs
Our traditional cobs with the biggest, most loveable hearts. With strong pulling power and masses of white feather on their feet, these boys suit our more country style carts and wagons. They really enjoy every job that they set their minds to and love to give hugs. They go as a pair in a carriage and also as a team of four with our Friesians. Guinness is the head of the herd and Batman is his sidekick, especially when they are out in the field together.
“This generation doesn’t mark the end of our partnership with horses… it’s a new beginning” – Marc Lovatt
The Future of Horses
Building sustainability back into our planet through the teaching of traditional horsemanship skills for everyday life.
Learning to drive a horse and carriage safely and with high standards of horse welfare; giving us a great option for fun and also help reduce carbon emissions. Learning from the past to help the future.
From online courses to one-to-one instruction from Marc Lovatt, there are a variety of courses to choose from to help you work with horses everyday. New online courses are added monthly.
Training Demos for arenas about working sustainability with horses. Discussions and presentations around training techniques from Marc Lovatt in training horses with compassion to be highly versatile and dependable, incl. driving carriages and trick riding, to the role of horses and carriages in specific periods through-out history.
Marc is fully insured and experienced to break horses into harness. We have a selection of carriages, agricultural training equipment and harness to get horses used to driving. All is done with the safety of the horses and drivers in mind.