Owner and head “Horseman”
Alex is the founder of Melbourne Classic Carriages. Horses and horsemanship are in his blood: at the age of 19, Alex’s father introduced him to carriage work, and he has never looked back.
Alex has a genuine respect for horses, and treats them as equals, in the same way he does his own staff. While they have a job to do - just as everyone does on a farm and in business - they are respected and treated as individuals.
“I find animals amazing, especially horses. Their strength, their agility, and their intelligence. How they are built, and how they move with such grace and nobility.”
Rainer has been an Equestrian Farrier for 37 years and has played a key role in the care of our horses for 25 years.
He trained with a Master Farrier in Hamburg as a young man, and went on to shoe Grand Prix (one below Olympic level) and dressage horses in Europe and America. He has also trained other Farriers in Japan and worked on carriage horses in New York.
When Rainer came to Australia to work with us 25 years ago, he brought with him the best quality equestrian shoes. Thanks to him, these shoes are now widely used in Australia.
Rainer was appointed by the Equestrian Management Team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics to look after all horses entered in the dressage and show jumping competitions.
“Every horse is different, and it is my job to bring them to their most natural position through correct shoeing - for the comfort of the horse and the safety of her passengers.”
Neale is a specialist Percheron horse breeder located in the pristine King Island near Tasmania.
He has provided us with even-tempered, hard-working Percheron cross horses for nearly 30 years. This includes importing three stallions from overseas for breeding purposes: one from England and two from America.
“My aim in life has been to breed traditional working Percheron which I’ve been doing for nearly 50 years. As a sideline, I breed Percheron- Standardbred crosses which are ideal for carriage work”