GDHA Member of the Month / August 2013 / Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire

Hello Everyone!

         My name is Amanda Araim and my husband Yasir and I own Nottingham Shire & Carriage For Hire.  I have been a horse lover since birth, and I started taking horseback riding lessons when I was six years old.  I finally got my first horse when I turned eight years old and have been a horse owner ever since. 

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         In 1997 I purchased my first draft horse, a three month old registered Shire named Red Oak Midnight Angel.  In the years following Angel’s arrival I purchased more Shires and established Nottingham Shires and began breeding my Shires under the “Nottingham” farm name.  I joined GDHA in 1998 and began dabbling in local draft horse shows with my Shires and the foals I was raising.  After a few years I began taking my Shires to Regional and National Shire Horse Shows on the east coast and mid west.

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         During this time I came across the opportunity to purchase a medallion to operate one horse drawn carriage in Atlanta.  In 2000 I established Nottingham Shire & Carriage For Hire and began working full time hacking rides in Atlanta.  At the time it seemed like it was “meant to be” for me and my first Shire, Angel.  She was diagnosed infertile by our vet, yet I did not want to sell her since I had become attached after raising and training her over the years.  Angel took to the Atlanta streets as a natural, and she currently trains new drivers for the company.  We started the carriage company with Shires, but over the years we have either bought or bred Gypsies, Percherons, and Standardbred/Percheron crosses that we use in addition to the Shires.

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         Besides carriage rides in Atlanta, our horses have performed in many movies, music videos, reality shows, photo shoots, Santa deliveries, and countless weddings all over the Southeastern USA.

         A few years ago we started collecting various types of horse drawn vehicles to use for special events. We currently own over ten vis-a-vis carriages as well as a cinderella, brougham, rockaway coupe, and sleigh.  We offer single or team set up with all of our vehicles. 

         As of 2013 we own fourteen medallions to operate carriages in Atlanta, making us the largest carriage company in Atlanta since the carriage industry was established in Atlanta!

         Working horses in an urban environment results in our horses being heavily regulated, more than your average barn.  Our horses are required to be checked by a vet and issued a certificate of health every six months that we must turn in to the city of Atlanta.  The city of Atlanta also requires the carriage companies to brand every horse working in the city, and we use rubber shoes on all of our carriage horses.  Besides a vet exam every six months, our horses and carriages are also routinely inspected by the City of Atlanta Vehicles for Hire Division of Atlanta Police Department, GA Department of Agriculture, and Fulton County Animal Control. 

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         My favorite aspect of driving a carriage in an urban environment is giving people that have never seen or touched a horse in their lifetime the experience with my horse.  A major bonus to driving a carriage for a living is the privilege to share my day to day life with my horse. We all know working with horses is a lot more fun than working with people! 

         Our company has been a member of the Carriage Operators of North America for many years, and I have been on the Board of Directors since 2010.  We are very excited to announce our company is hosting the CONA convention in Atlanta in February 2014!

         Nottingham Shire & Carriage For Hire will be announcing exciting news regarding our horses throughout 2013.  Stay tuned to our website to stay up to date on all the exciting events we have planned for sharing our draft horses with the public!

Amanda and Yasir Araim

Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire

Enter HERE for our website www.carriageforhire.com

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