Read The Lake Report hereRead The Lake Report here
The Weather Network
Aug. 14, 2020 | Friday
Local News
$1,000 raised for carriage supporters
Jennifer Jones-Butski, a co-founder of Locals for Carriages support group, said they raised $1,000 last Saturday. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Sentineal Carriages offered free rides around NOTL’s Old Town on Saturday as part of the first International Horse and Carriage Support Day.

The event was started by Sentineal in collaboration with Locals For Carriages, a group of Niagara-on-the-Lake carriage supporters.

Free rides were offered throughout the day with each tour lasting about 15 minutes and rest breaks in between each ride for the horses, said Jennifer Jones-Butski, the support group’s co-founder.

The day wasn’t specifically organized as a fundraiser but between raffle tickets, donations and T-shirts sales, the group raised around $1,000.

“It was great, we had so much support,” Jones-Butski told The Lake Report.

Many people took time to snap a photo of Obie the horse, who is now 31. People also signed up for a farm tour on Sept. 8 where they will have a chance to learn more about the carriage horses.

Jones-Butski said her group reached out to a number of carriage companies, such as Tally Ho Carriage Tours in Victoria, B.C., and Palmetto Carriage Works in Charleston, S.C., to discuss the event. She said they were also in contact with Christina Hansen, a carriage driver from New York City, as well as carriage companies all over the world.

“I don’t know who did what but I’m hoping as more companies and more people become aware, more people will join in as the years go on,” Jones- Butski said.

Members of the animal rights activist group At War For Animals Niagara were on hand on Saturday, too. A number of carriage protesters were standing at two corners at Queen and King streets, holding signs, while about several with yellow flashers and banners on them, kept driving around the block and through the downtown intersection.

The carriage supporters are continuing to work on the protest issue with the town, police and paralegal services, Jones-Butski said.