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Teams:  it's a relationship.  A two-way street.  A love story.  A partnership.
 
Those of you who spend long hours with your beloved equine understand.
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Chris & Hoss

Chris says, you know those young girls who look at horses and just get stars in their eyes?  She never grew out of that.  If you look, you can still see them in her eyes when she looks at Hoss.  Well, every horse, really, but especially Hoss.   Chris believes that a horse by many names is well-loved.  For example, she calls him Hoss, HossBoss, Baby, and DANGITHOSS
 
Hoss has a huge heart, and is such a loving and giving partner.  Look how soft his eyes are:  you can definitely tell if you're someone he cares about.  He absolutely loves being downtown- you can see it in his step as he nears the Alamo.  Hoss is such a proud horse, and Chris is so proud to be his driver.
       
     

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Ryan & Red

     
     
Red is nothing more than a big kid.  In fact, he prefers the company of children.  You might see him turn away from an adult, but he reaches out to the children every time.  Red loves kids. 

Ryan and Red are the perfect combination.  They both look at the world as something to enjoy, with wonder sometimes but eagerness always.  Ryan and Red always see the fun side of life.                 
              
            
 
   

                      

                                

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Cynthia & Jed

   

    

Cynthia has been driving with Yellow Rose off and on for a long time.   She was there when Jed first arrived 6 years ago.  Her husband gave Jed his name.  Together they introduced Jed to downtown San Antonio.   Both of Cynthia's dauthers have driven Jed.   So when Cynthia came back again, it was to drive Jed.  And when the husband wants to come back to drive once in awhile, that'll be the only argument he and Cynthia have:  who gets to drive Jed.

 There's no arguing that Jed is family.

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Aaron & Silver

     

     

     

                     

                               

                                                        

                                      

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Emily & Amos, aka Mouse

 
                     
                   
               
                
                                                         
Emily grew up riding and showing horses in Minnesota. After living in Texas for 6 years without a horse, she had almost given up hope that she would ever have a horse again. One day while  driving downtown behind a horse carriage, she thought,  "there might be a way to get my horse right here in the middle of the city!"   On her first day working for Yellow Rose, she cleaned two stalls and one very dirty horse.  When asked how she liked it so far, Emily came back happily, "it was the best first day on a job! I never thought I would miss scooping poop!" 
 
Nowadays, her favorite part about driving carriages is meeting all different people, watching their eyes light up when they see the horses or get to pet them, and sharing her knowledge about the city.  She says, "I never cared about history before working at Yellow Rose, but now I want to know the story behind every building!"  

                                   

                                   

                                                                     

                                      

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Devon & Jake

Devon says there is nothing more exciting than telling people that when she goes to work, she drives a horse- drawn carriage.  Devon is a mother of five, and laughs, "let me tell you, washing and braiding my horse's hair is a lot more enjoyable than washing and braiding my kids' hair!"     Devon loves the camaraderie she shares with the other drivers as they lend products among themselves, and marvels over knowing each horse's personality.
 
 "It's amazing all the different people you meet downtown.  They come from all over the world, and it's a true pleasure to have them aboard my carriage and share some of my beautiful historic San Antonio with them."  Of course Devon's very favorite parts are the proposals.  She's a romantic at heart.   She feels blessed to be a small part of their special moment. 
    
   

                                       

                                               

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Jackie & Jimoney

      
     
        
          
             
       
Hello my name is Jackie.   My love for horses has been with me ever since I can remember.  My mother used to say when I was three years old, all I wanted to do was to be near a horse. Over the years she tried to put me in ballet, tap dancing, and even bowling. But all I ever wanted to do was be on the back of a horse. Through the years family and career sometimes pulled me in a different direction.
 
Recently I was I given the opportunity to be able to drive carriage horses in downtown San Antonio. It has brought my love of horses along with meeting new people from all over the world. Jiminey and I are able to bring some little girls fairytale to life as they ride in a Cinderella carriage. They are princess for the night. I have had surprise wedding proposals, anniversaries, and birthdays.  The smiles at the end of the ride are such a rewarding experience. If ever you are in downtown San Antonio, please come take a ride with us.    
    
   

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Gilbert & Gary and Jack

        

                      

                                        

                             

     

     

        
         

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Catherine & Surprise

After more than two  decades in the Texas Hill country, my boys and I have raised more horses, dogs, cats, goats, pigs, chickens, etc than most will encounter over the course of their entire life. Needless to say, there have been a few unique personalities along the way... Before I began working for Yellow Rose, though, I'd never met an animal with whom I related to so viscerally and identified so personally and completely. Surprise, simply put, is breathtaking; a gorgeous Belgian Clydesdale-Draft amalgamation,  striking high-cheekbones combined with an unusually agreeable, nonchalant demeanor in this seven year old gelding. Every night, as Surprise and I make our rounds downtown, I count my blessings and thank the heavens for allowing me to work with such a pleasant, competent, and loving equine partner.

                 

            

         

                       

                                        

              

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Phoebe, British Cinderella
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Ryan & Amos

                 

                   

                                                       

                         

                                                                   

                                      

        

                      

                                        

                             

     

     

        
         

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Melissa & Timmy

My name is Melissa and this is my bestest work partner in the whole world, Timmy. My whole life I have been obsessed with horses. When I was 4 years old my parents promised me that the first pink horse they found they would buy it for me. Needless to say I am still waiting, but I believe I have something better than a pink horse. I have Timmy, the most hard working, giving partner, who loves his job. First book I ever "learned to read," I memorized it, was all about Cinderella, true princess style. I am all girl, loving pink and feeling like a princess. Well, this horse loving princess grew up and figured that it just wasn't meant to be to have horses in my world. I never did lose hope of being a princess. Then one day I found the fantastical world of carriage driving. I gave up my degreed career to live this dream come true.  So not only do I get to share my joy of horses with people, I also get to meet people with dreams of being a princess, and I get to make those dreams come true, just for a bit, as they see the amazing sights of downtown San Antonio.
              
                     

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Zac & Pete

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Marla & Cookie

Cookie… "Baby Cookie" as I call her, is a sweet little fun-sized Belgian mare. She grabbed my heart the minute I saw her. She reminds me so much of my first carriage driving work partner.... Nelly.

Baby Cookie has the sweetest eyes and a big heart with the desire to please. She's fairly new downtown so she's very curious about the goings on out on the streets.
She came to Yellow Rose Carriage Co. as a former team horse. After losing her teammate she was sad & subsequently sold. I have been chosen to be her new partner.
So much of this, including the grooming, the bathing &  working downtown is new to her. She's learning that all the fussing over her isn't so bad, she's learning to relax and enjoy. She's a special little mare & I'm super lucky that we've been partnered up.   Like I said, she won my heart instantly.                 
              
            
 
   

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Alicia & Regan

     
    
   

                                     

                                       

                                                                  

                                      

     
    
   

                                             

                                                 

                                                                          

                                      

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Marla & Nevada

Marla says: 
 
Nevada, what a beauty!    I'm very fortunate to have the privilege of being Nevada's work partner. I was delighted when I was told that she & I were going to work together. She's one of only 3 American Spotted Drafts that work in downtown San Antonio. She's the only brown & white. She's a natural beauty that draws a lot of attention. She does have unusually large ears but, hey! the better to hear you with.

The things that she really likes are peppermints, apples, carrots, naps & a gentle scrub during bath time. After her bath & time for tail braiding, she gives a long relaxing sigh.
She & I both love that relaxing time together.

I'm a lucky gal & I think she feels the same.    
    
   

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Zac & Jake, Silver, and Jed
Zac grew up riding and roping horses.  He says there's nothing like the thrill of being there in the box, your horse quivering and eager under you, waiting for the gate.     Once the love of horses gets in your blood, it never goes away.  Not even 12 years without horses could take it away from Zac.  "It's the smell you miss.  The being together.  Even cleaning a stall is pleasant, because you're hanging out with your horse.  I can't believe I even missed cleaning stalls!", Zac smiles.  Zac smiles a lot.
 
"Driving carriage horses is different.  This isn't about the thrill, this is more about relaxing.   It's their spirit.  They're so gentle."  The partnership is important to Zac.   "It's the connection.  You think it's nothing sitting up there, but there has to be a connection.  They have to want to be there."
 
He sighs wistfully and looks towards the sky.  "It's like the singing inside of the song, you know?" 
   
 

             

                   

                                                   

                                      

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Steph Buck: General Manager, Mastermind, and Da Boss

     
    
   

                     

                           

                                                               

                                      

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Richard Buck: Without Whom We Could Not Roll

     
         
     
                            
       
   
     
          
    
Mr. Richard Buck joins us from Yorkshire, England to be the glue that holds this whole thing together.  From being a Master Farrier with a talent for corrective shoeing, to rebuilding carriages and tack, never too busy to check your problem or shovel your poop for you.  Richard brought his wonder horse (a Gypsy Vanner named Melvin) with him from Great Britain, and together with mare Tricksy train in roping and barrel racing.   May your wagon wheels ever stay greased, Mr. Buck, and may the grass grow freely under your horse's feet.

                                 

                         

                                                                   

                                      

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Leah Lou, craft services