Carriage Company Rebuilds

The horses and mules rescued last September from the flooded stables of Charbonnet Mid-City Carriages ushered in Valentine's Day in Baton Rouge and Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the delight of many residents in hurricane-stricken Louisiana. Business is slower than it was before Hurricane Katrina, and the barns are in disrepair, but little successes have kept the Mid-City family hopeful.

Readers worldwide were captivated by the rescue of Mid-City's animals last fall.

Darnell Stewart, who was pictured on the November 2005 cover navigating floodwaters on his Paint stallion Brandy is living in temporary housing at the barn. "We don't have the pens like we used to," Stewart said. "We're using the little stall room we have."

Stewart rode Brandy in the Mardi Gras Zulu parade on Feb. 28 to show things are inching back toward normal in New Orleans. For more information see

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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