Charleston Horse-Drawn Carriage Companies Launch Charleston C.A.R.E.S.

New association seeks to establish the gold standard in treatment of carriage horses in the United States.

Charleston, SC –  Three of Charleston’s horse-drawn carriage companies have formed a new association called “Charleston C.A.R.E.S. (Carriage Association for Responsible Equine Safety)” to promote and advocate for the highest standards of care for horses in Charleston’s horse carriage community. Charleston Carriage Works, Old South Carriage Company, and Palmetto Carriage Works have joined together to form the group and plan to work together to give the community a closer look at the superior treatment of carriage horses in Charleston.

Each member company in Charleston C.A.R.E.S. has agreed to a set of strict standards that exceed the federal, state and local animal protection laws to ensure the safety and well-being of the horses.

“The three member companies of this organization intend to set the gold standard for the treatment of carriage horses in the United States,” said Charleston C.A.R.E.S. President Tommy Doyle, General Manager of Palmetto Carriage Works. “Not only will we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards to ensure the safety and wellness of our horses, we intend to be fully transparent about our practices. The community deserves to know how well our horses are treated and we intend to show them.”

Charleston C.A.R.E.S. launched a website as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages to promote both the industry and the treatment of the carriage horses.


Charleston Carriage Works

Owner: Broderick J. Christoff


Old South Carriage Company

Owner: David Compton


Palmetto Carriage Works

General Manager: Tommy Doyle

Charleston CARES