Mil Lel family drives 
olde world joy rides

The olde world sound of horses’ hooves on roadways was heard around the back streets of Millicent on Sunday.

An enterprising Mil Lel family offered 30-minute joy rides aboard a carriage pulled by two majestic heavy horses called Tom and Peggy.

Trading as Rob’s Carriages, all 10 available slots were taken by Millicent locals keen to experience true horsepower.

From a base in the car park of the Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre, the joy rides took in Ridge Terrace, Plunkett Terrace, Park Terrace and Belt Road.

Retired dairy farmer Rob Fairchild runs Rob’s Carriages as a small business in his retirement and is assisted by his wife Judy and their daughter Belinda Seaman.

Their farmlet is home to six heavy horses with either Clydesdale or Percheron blood.

According to Ms Fairchild, her family is well aware of the satisfaction of the general public when they experience the form of transport from a century ago.

As well as joy rides, she said they provide horse-drawn carriages for special anniversaries, children’s parties and school visits.

“We were also involved in a funeral in Mount Gambier,” Ms Fairchild said.

“We took a deceased woman from the Carinya Gardens chapel a few hundred metres to her grave.”

The next opportunity to ride aboard Rob’s Carriages will be a Fathers’ Day outing to Penola on Sunday.

Among the riders at Millicent were six members of the local Telfer family spanning three generations.

Genz Telfer was joined by her husband, their son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons aged two and four.

“It was a fantastic experience,” she said.

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