Have you all heard?

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  1. Feb 27, 2013 #1

    Margo_C-T

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    It has been announced that Pacific Carriage is going out of business; Bill Schuil is retiring. As I recall, the announcement said that they will 'use up' what they have on hand to build a few more vehicles, and I *think*, will have some parts available. Pacific built the 'Smart Cart' for miniature horses.

    I have personally wondered if they might sell the rights to build their trademark vehicles?

    They will be missed in the industry, it is clear from responses to the announcement. Although I personally found the Smart Cart too heavy for my A sized horses, it clearly is/was a quality vehicle, and worked well for many...and other of their larger vehicles(for ponies and horses) were well-regarded by many in the world of driving.

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  2. Feb 27, 2013 #2

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    Wow! I hadn't heard and I have always hoped one day to be in a position to purchase on of their smart carts. They are so close to me (in comparison to other builders at least) that their cart would not require shipping saving me a nice piece of change. I do hope that someone convinces them to sell their design to a new builder, it would be a shame for the Pacific carts/carriages to become a thing of the past.
     
  3. Feb 27, 2013 #3

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    Thanks for the info! I had better get my longer shafts ordered--hope they still have some!
     
  4. Feb 28, 2013 #4

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    Since the Smart Cart is such a well-made and well-received product, I wonder if they'll sell the plans/copyright/etc to another company?
     
  5. Mar 1, 2013 #5

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    If I ever drove a big horse of my own I'd always planned to buy a Pacific, so I'm very sad to see them go.

    Leia
     
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    Very sad thing to hear.
     
  7. Mar 13, 2013 #7

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    I am quite impressed with the quality of the Bennington carriages.
     

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