From farm to fab: A horse trailer gussied up as a mobile bar for hire 

  • Pamela White, stands inside a mobile bar she and her husband, Tom, have created in a horse trailer, Wednesday, Aug. 14 at their home in Pelham. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Pamela White stands inside the mobile bar she and her husband created out of a horse trailer. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Pamela White stands inside The Tipsy Horse, her mobile bar. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • A promotional image for The Tipsy Horse, showing the mobile bar set up for an event. COURTESY LOVE AND PERRY PHOTOGRAPHY

Staff Writer 
Published: 8/21/2019 8:40:47 AM
Modified: 8/21/2019 8:40:37 AM

What once transported horses now carries a bar. The Tipsy Horse, once a horse trailer, is now a mobile bar that will be rolling up to parties, weddings, and functions across Franklin County and New England. 

Wedding planner Pamela White of Pelham says her goal is always making a couple’s special day as stress-free as possible. Now, her horse trailer turned mobile bar will bring an extra touch of flair to her wedding and event planning business, Events by Pamela Joy. 

“It’s an exciting venture,” White said.

The Tipsy Horse is made from a Kingston Bumper Pull, which before its conversion was large enough for two horses, and is furnished with a black walnut bar top, a large cooler, a metal and wooden shelf to hold bottles and displays, and a sink made from a large oak barrel and a maple syrup bucket. 

The trailer is also wired with dimmable lights to keep the party alive into the night. 

In the United Kingdom, the concept has caught on. “Horseboxes,” as they are called there, are popular at weddings and special events. White said that while they are also common in Texas and out West, they are rare in Western Massachusetts. 

White, who has been a wedding and events planner for 30 years, said the mobile bar will offer a “blank slate” to customers. White does not hold a liquor license and will offer the mobile bar as dry hire, meaning alcohol does not come with renting the mobile bar. 

Customers can make use of the mobile bar as they see fit for the occasion. White pictures the mobile bar serving cookies and milk or lemonade at children’s events.

“Anytime you need something served, it could pretty much fit,” she said.

Vision to fruition

White said fate played a role in finding the right horse trailer. Since 2011, she set her eyes on acquiring a horse trailer, but her searches were to no avail. Many were either too far away, too old or needed extensive repairs and she almost dropped the idea.

Last October, she struck some luck. While driving in Shutesbury, she and her husband, Tom, found out that a former co-worker of her husband was selling the exact model Pam had set her sights on — a Kingston Bumper Pull.

“It was meant to be,” White said, adding that its nearly perfect condition made it “exactly what I was looking for.”

Throughout the end of spring and early summer, they worked to renovate the interior with some help from Gill Country Clear Woodworks and Amherst Welding, Inc.

So far the mobile bar has catered a “wedding vendor blender,” White said, at Michael’s Party Rentals in Palmer, but no weddings yet.

“It’s a little more upscale from a couple of tables you would put together for a makeshift bar,” White said. She said she has some bartending experience and that the trailer is plenty of room for two bartenders to work the bar.

It is $525 to rent the Tipsy Horse, and White said there is a discount available until the end of the year for those who book the trailer, even if the event will take place next year.

Catch the Tipsy Horse on Aug. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Boyston Rooms at 122 Pleasant St., Easthampton, at a free event hosted by Veils & Cocktails. RSVP required. The event will bring together wedding and business professionals and there will be samples of cakes, cocktails and craft brewers.

Luis Fieldman can be reached at lfieldman@gazettenet.com 




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