Crab Apple Wedding Carriage

Kilgobbin Cottage, Dargle Valley, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Contact: Helen Booysen, E-mail: click here
, Facsimile: +27 (0)86 424-1033, Mobile: +27 (0)82 337-2025

Crab Apple is the passion of Helen and Barend Booysen from the Dargle Valley in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Helen and Barend's passion for horses lead them to take up carriage driving. Shortly after they were requested to drive their marathon carriage at weddings and Crab Apple Carriage has grown from there.

Romantic, exhilarating, novel and exciting are just some of the words used to describe the ride on a Crab Apple Carriage. A horse and carriage adds to a wedding or special occasion a sense of fantasy. For many a bride it is a dream come true.

The carriages are pulled by Robin Hood, our Chestnut Connemara Arab or our dappled grey Friesian cross, Balloo.

The French Victoria Carriage is Cinderella-like with the bride and groom seated facing forward. The carriage is ivory and brass with a luxurious rug to tuck over your knees.


There are many ways in which the carriage can be involved in your special day:
• the carriage can transport you to your ceremony and if it is an outdoor wedding, even down the aisle.
• it can collect you after the ceremony and carry you to your photo spot for inclusion in your wedding photos.
• it can transport you to your reception venue.

About the Crab Apple Wedding Carriage

Helen and Barend's passion for horses is great, they have 8 horses on their property and have always enjoyed riding and playing with them. In 2004 for Christmas, Helen was given her own turnout which is a carriage, trained horse and all the other items she needed. Their competitive carriage driving lead them into the wedding market as requests came in for weddings and prompted the development of Crab Apple Carriage.

Bridesdale Robin Hood is a Connemara x Arab from the Sire Kilshane Christopher Robin and is a chestnut with a white blaze and gold socks. He has been through extensive training and is currently competing. He is pulls the French Victoria carriage for weddings and special occasions.

Baloo is a 16 ha dapple gray fresian cross gelding. This gentle giant is a gentleman and the perfect celebration horse which is why he will be pulling the French Victoria Carriage. He has just finished his training and has started competing.

Crab Apple Chapel

Up a steep country road, deep in the Dargle Valley in the midlands, is the large Crab Apple Chapel. Covered in ivy, it is a picture perfect country chapel. An icon in the area, it has now grown into a popular wedding chapel - See Crab Apple Chapel

Directions from the N3 or other major routes:
Take the N3
Take the Howick/Tweedie turnoff.
If traveling from Joburg, go right over freeway towards Tweedie.
If traveling from Durban, go left towards Tweedie (1km).
At T junction go right towards Lions River/Balgowan
Go approx 5kms, past Thokans cash store on left, go another 2kms til another T junction to the left called “Dargle/Impendle”
Take Dargle turnoff to the left and go 6kms, past Dargle store, down steep hill and up the next hill.
At the top you will see the Crab Apple sign and the D17 sign. Turn right into D17. Dirt road.
Follow the signs and you will see the chapel on your right and if you keep to your right you will come to the main house.
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