Welcome to IVC Carriage! In September 2015, Iowa Valley Carriage was purchased by Chad and Myrna Rhinehart. Since we don't live in Iowa, it was logical to now refer to the business as IVC Carriage...Integrity, Value, Class!
Chad and Myrna have a long history with carriage driving. Chad has shown in ADS Pleasure Driving shows since 2003, exhibiting horses, ponies, pairs, and tandems, and is most enamored with multiples. Chad enjoys the objectivity, challenge, and thrill of Combined Driving Events most of all, where he has driven, groomed, and also navigated to the FEI (international) level. Chad has a Bachelor's degree in Broad Area Agriculture with a minor in Agronomy and additional Animal Science classes. He is currently a Technical Agronomist with Bayer CropScience.
Myrna handles the majority of the business for IVC Carriage. She has a Bachelor's degree in Interior Architecture and a Master's in Human and Community Resources. Myrna started riding at the age of 6 mo., and her family bought their first horse when she was nine. Over the years, she has shown Western, Saddle Seat, Hunt Seat, Jumping, Trail, and speed events. She started driving in 1990, showing horses, ponies, and VSEs in local open and breed shows. She started competing in ADS carriage shows in 2000. She has also driven pairs and tandems. She enjoys the elegance and varied classes of Pleasure Driving shows, but has shown, groomed, and navigated for CDEs as well. Myrna has shown successfully at not only shows in the Midwest, but also at the Walnut Hill Carriage Driving Competition in NY and the CAA Carriage Festival in KY. In 2011, she earned an ADS Pleasure Driving Achievement Award. She has served as the Secretary of the Dairyland Driving Club, and was elected to the ADS Board of Directors in 2011 as the Midwest Regional Director. She has also served on the ADS Bylaws and Governance Committee, and was the Chair of the ADS Education Committee.
Chad and Myrna also enjoy taking their horses out on the trail with friends. The people are what make the Carriage Industry the best horse community in the United States! These experiences allow Chad and Myrna to be of help to drivers who want to compete in pleasure shows, CDEs, and as well as recreational driving. They enjoy helping people get started and gain skills in carriage driving. See our page on Lessons and Clinics for more information.
Iowa Valley Carriage was started as a single proprietor business by Sandee McKee in 1993. What started out as a folding table full of brass appointments at one of the early Villa Louis Carriage Classics has grown to a full time business that is one of the oldest and most respected carriage businesses in the United States.
Personal service is a top priority. We will always attempt to ship the same or next day. We will work hard to ensure that customers have a good experience with IVC Carriage and are suited with what they purchase.