Wednesday, 22 December 2021 20:12

Dashing through Dobbins Heights in a 2-horse open sleigh

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Gold Leaf Carriage returned to Dobbins Heights on Wednesday to offer afternoon sleigh rides through town. See a video at the RO's Facebook page. Gold Leaf Carriage returned to Dobbins Heights on Wednesday to offer afternoon sleigh rides through town. See a video at the RO's Facebook page. William R. Toler - Richmond Observer

DOBBINS HEIGHTS — It’s not every day you see horses walking through the streets.


But around Christmastime, you can hear the clippity-clop of hooves trotting down Earle Franklin Drive.

Such was the case Wednesday, when Gold Leaf Carriage returned to Dobbins Heights to offer sleigh rides from the town park.

John Smith, of the Fuquay-Varina-based service, steered horses Kate and Pearl in a several-block circuit through town with residents enjoying the ride — some singing Christmas carols.

The event was originally slated for Tuesday afternoon, but had to be rescheduled because of rain. Last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID pandemic.

Following the sleigh ride, kids walked over to the picnic area to pick out a gift.

Richmond County Sheriff Mark Gulledge and his deputies, straight from a giveaway parade in Ellerbe, added to the toy selection.

Katrina Chance, executive director of the Richmond County Partnership for Children, also offered a selection of free seasonal books.

Mayor Antonio Blue said about 200 kids and their families came out for the rides, which also included hot dogs, chips and a drink.

In addition to the Partnership and sheriff’s office, the event was sponsored by the town of Dobbins Heights, Faith Assembly Church and Enviva.