Chester Springs Couple’s Horse-Drawn Carriages an Integral Part of Region’s Rich Equestrian Culture

Dan Weckerly
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Image via Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and Country Fair.

Dr. Donald and Judy Rosato and their renowned horse-drawn carriages have been a staple in the region’s equestrian circles for many decades, writes Melissa Jacobs for Main Line Today.

Married 43 years, the Rosatos live in a historic Chester Springs home that dates back to 1715. They own a collection of vintage carriages, each of which is unique.

Donald got interested in carriages when he was about 40. He learned about them from one of Chester County’s legendary horsemen, Dr. Clarkson “Bud” Addis Jr.

“Bud was a kind, soft-spoken man, and it was a pleasure to be in that kind of learning situation,” Donald said. “He started me on my first carriage and told me how to get it restored.”

Since then, he has accumulated nine carriages and four sleighs, which he has been riding at local horse shows, including Radnor Hunt and the Devon Horse Show.

However, he does not just wait for special occasions to use his carriages. He often rides them through the back and main roads of his Chester Springs neighborhood and the wider area, sporting a top hat and a suit, next to his elegantly frocked wife.

Read more about the Rosatos in Main Line Today.

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