April 2017 - Abi Loves her Fun Bug
Abi is a 14.2 black Irish cob twenty years old. I have owned her for twelve years and we have progressed together ... I have study the Parelli program with the result have a very light and responsive pony. In December 2015 after a jumping lesson (this was the first time I had jumped for sixty years) my knees were so painful that I decided drive her. WOW .... I have so much help from Jo and Robert backed up by a huge support from the Bennington team. I purchased a secondhand Fun Bug and have not looked back it is amazing I feel safe a can get on and off so easily. My lovely mare was jumping one Saturday and within two weeks was pulling a carriage she never hesitated and now we have started to do some good school work. I would recommend anyone to have a go the Fun Bug gives you so much confidence and to the young it's a good leg up to the next stage. Thank you Sue and Denise you have been incredibly understanding and supportive. Carol
February 2017 - Joey at the Carriage Driving Camp with Team Bennington
"Probably my best birthday treat ever - a short break away, Carriage Driving Camp with Team Bennington. We learnt so much and came away focused with our SMART goals and so many tips to help us on our learning curve. Bennington's bespoke camp supported our current ability and our needs going forward"
Humans, Christine & Douglas stayed at The Staunton Arms. "We had excellent food, service & accommodation all great value for money"
"Equine, Joey highly recommends the stabling at Benningtons. Extremely relaxed & spoilt pony & humans"
"All thanks to Sue & Erica at Bennington. Our expectations were exceeded in so many ways. Even storm Doris didn't not stop us meeting our objectives!"
"Bennington's Carriage Driving Camp definitely works for us and we can't wait until the next time"
To view details regarding Staunton Arms (only 5 minutes way from Bennington Carriages) visit www.stauntonarms.co.uk
Christine, Douglas & Joey - February 2017
"The Goal Setting session was brilliant and the sheets have been photocopied for each horse and are proving to be extremaly useful. The friendly atmosphere and the advice was great.I feel really motivated as the goals set are all attainable and make sense. It was good in other ways too as it always helps to talk about progress and hiccoughs with a knowledgeable and understanding person"
Thanks again for all your help and advice D :-)
Very inspirational, realized there is a lot to learn. A sensational pony to drive, thank you Pat & Sue October 2015
"Very welcoming and supportive to me as a newcomer" - Emma - February 2016
Thanks to some Carriage Driving vouchers, a very generous Christmas gift from my sister Louise, in the Summer of 2015 I tried Carriage Driving for the very first time and was instantly hooked. Working locally with Chris Ainscough and his Team at Thompson House Equestrian Centre I was soon competing in novice events with Chris’s veteran competition pony Gwen. I enjoyed the focus and discipline of the Precision & Paces and Cones Courses and thrilled at the adrenaline rush of Obstacles. Within 6 months I was ready to take the next step and buy a carriage for our own pony, Storm. I’m a firm believer in buying something once so it had to be right. I spoke with Chris, a career professional competition carriage driver, and there was only one choice - Bennington Carriages. The next day I contacted Sue Mart at "Benningtons" and ordered my very own Bennington Spirit. The Spirit will be great for Indoor Carriage Driving, and has all the competition extras fitted, like lamp brackets and extending axels if we want to progress to Driving Trials. Sue and the Team at Bennington Carriages were really helpful and very welcoming and supportive to me as a newcomer, even liaising with Chris to make sure my carriage would be the right fit for Storm and I. It was great to be sourcing my carriage from Sue at Bennington Carriages, who clearly has an enthusiasm for all aspects of Driving and was focused on specifying the right carriage for us. I have just taken delivery of my new Bennington Spirit and couldn’t be happier. Carriage driving has changed my life. I dare anyone to try it and not become hooked
To say that we are delighted with Joey is a complete under statement. We just can't believe how far we have come in such a short period of time. Even down to being able to service our own Fun Bug! Who would of thought that in a few weeks we will be on our first pleasure drive! How exciting is that.
However it is all down to your fantastic support and encouragement. The last couple of days training has been so beneficial in so many ways. Our learning curve feels like we are on a space rocket but it is so much fun. We feel so privileged to have you and Team Bennington to support us on our adventure! Christine & Douglas April 2016
'I had a thoroughly enjoyable time' - Anne McDonald
'This is my second " Try Driving Day" and each time it has got better. I have had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Everyone is very friendly and one is able to learn new things in a non-threatening environment. I would recommend these days to beginners and experienced drivers alike' Anne McDondald May 2011.
'I really really enjoyed it'! - Suzanne Blagg
Just wanted to say once again thank you very much for my driving lesson yesterday. I really really enjoyed it! Louise was very good a very patient with my muddled hands! The pony was absolutely wonderful and I've never gone so fast in a carriage before so it really was fun. Also, Amanda's book is absolutely wonderful. It talks absolute sense and is nice and clear and such a breath of fresh air. I am half way through already! Many thanks once again, Suzanne Blagg June 2011
PS I have to admit that I turn into a pony mad teenager when at Bennington and am quite in awe of all the beautiful carriages so please excuse me for being a bit too excited and sorry for keeping you in the shop so long.
'Totally inspired' - Jan & Hannah Mcllvennie
Hello Sue, Just a quick note to thank you once again for the amazing time Hannah and I spent with you and Dylan last Saturday.We both enjoyed it so much and are totally inspired to get on and drive our pony, who we are sure will have a great time! Thank you also for recommending the Reindeer pub, we had a lovely lunch there. The people were really welcoming and friendly. Best wishes, Jan & Hannah Mcllvennie June 2011
'A fantastic Birthday present' - Bev Sutton
Thankyou so much for your time this morning. My father thoroughly enjoyed himself and is already talking about having another go next year. We were both very impressed with the centre and particularly by your teaching skills, care and attention. I don't think dad has ever enjoyed a birthday present as much as this one! That cup of tea was especially welcoming! December 2011
1st Lesson - Sue Markin
Hi Sue, Just a quick e-mail to thank you for a really enjoyable afternoon, I loved every minute of it, and will definitely be back for more. May 2012