Mark Broadbent trained his first pony to harness at the age of eleven. He has been training horses ever since. By the time Mark hit the headlines in 1977, by winning at the Horse of the Year Show, he was developing and making his own carriages. Fenix rose from the need for a carriage that could withstand the rigours of competition. With a combination of highly trained ponies, driving ability and a Fenix Carriage, Mark was the 1984, 1985, and 1986 Pony Team National Champion.
Mark has become a well known international competitor and enjoys great success in single, pair and tandem showing. He often competes with a horse team as well as running Fenix Carriages, teaching internationally and judging at the premier competitions worldwide.
Mixing Sport and Business can work, as Fenix Carriages have shown over the last 35 years. The Company has developed with the sport and grown to an organisation building modern and traditional carriages, offering training and schooling facilities and advising bodies throughout the world. Fenix have the staff and resources to cater for beginners through to advanced competitors
Joanna took up carriage driving in her teenage years winning the Anthea Greenlees scholarship at the age of 17.
Joanna competes in driving trials and has been National Champion in novice and open single horse classes as well as competing in the advanced single horse class. Joanna has competed nationally with a horse pair and is currently driving a home produced team of Welsh and Welsh x ponies at national driving trials with the aim of competing internationally.
Joanna has the BDS level 1 and 2 and is a UKCC level 2 coach in driving.
Joanna runs the stable yard and Coach House shop at Fenix. Joanna enjoys schooling horses, turning out to a high standard, driving the coach and four, competing a single horse and pony team and teaching novice/intermediate drivers with their own turnouts.