A fi­nal wed­ding trot for ‘Jen’ in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - LABOR DAY -

It was a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion for Har­bour Grace na­tive Dar­ryl Ped­dle and Que­be­cer Me­lanie Roberge on the af­ter­noon of Fri­day, Aug. 23, as they were mar­ried in a cer­e­mony at Le­gion Branch No. 23 in Car­bon­ear.

But it was also a mile­stone mo­ment for Jen, a 26-year-old Cly­des­dale mixed breed horse.

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, Dar­ryl and his new bride climbed into a car­riage and, in a scene fit for a ro­man­tic movie, were pulled along Wa­ter Street by Jen.

With wed­ding bells strapped to Jen’s shoul­ders and a “Just Mar­ried” sign at­tached to the back of the car­riage, Jen led a pro­ces­sion of ve­hi­cles to the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, where they posed for pho­to­graphs.

The horse and car­riage is owned by Kevin and Deanna Mart­land of Car­bon­ear, and over the years, Jen has spir­ited about 20 newly mar­ried cou­ples off on their first jour­ney to­gether as man and wife.

But Jen has slowed over the years, is reach­ing the end of her ex­pected life­span, and has earned a well-de­served break from the spot­light.

Mean­while, Dar­ryl, 36, is the son of Harold and Theresa Ped­dle of Har­bour Grace. The new cou­ple lives in Que­bec, while Dar­ryl works in Al­berta.

Their other son, David Ped­dle, was mar­ried Aug. 17 to Dar­lene Dwyer of Car­bon­ear. They both live in Al­berta.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

The newly mar­ried cou­ple of Dar­ryl Ped­dle of Har­bour Grace (left) and Me­lanie Roberge of Que­bec are seen mak­ing their way along Wa­ter Street in Car­bon­ear on Aug. 23 aboard a car­riage pulled by Jen, a 26-year-old Cly­des­dale mixed breed. At the reins is owner Kevin Mart­land.

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