Travel back in time with a carriage ride in downtown Canby
Until just more than 100 years ago, a slow journey by horse-drawn carriage was the best option for transportation. Now that cars have sped things up, a carriage ride is a special event, and it is now available in Canby.
Teresa Ritchey, owner of Special T Carriage in Mulino, has been bringing her horse-drawn carriage to Canby for holiday rides. Ritchey, who does business all over the Portland area, used to be an instructor at Canby Swim Center and she knows quite a few Canby families as a result.
"I love Canby," Ritchey said.
So she's been offering rides on a limited basis beginning at Wait Park. The price is $50 total for up to four people, plus a couple of lap kids, Ritchey said. The rides last about 25 minutes. For her Dec. 21 date, rides are all booked, but she plans to bring the carriage back to Canby during the first week of January.
"It's enchanting," Ritchey said. "The kids love it and actually the adults love it too…It kind of gets you into the spirit. It slows you back down, you go for a nice ride and enjoy what's out there instead of zooming around town."
Ritchey said that she welcomes beverages on board, but she asks patrons to put a lid on it…not that she expects the rides to be too bumpy.
"My horses are very well-mannered," Ritchey said. "We wouldn't work Portland if they weren't. They've been in Rose Festival Parade and numerous parades. I've trained all of them and most of them were born into my arms. They trust me and I trust them."
In addition to holiday rides, Special T Carriage offers rides all year long. Ritchey is now the only option for a horse-drawn carriage in downtown Portland, and she also does birthdays, weddings and more.