About Us - Our History

In 1955 Bill and Bob Gotwals started in the trucking business with one truck. Since that time, the family owned and operated business has grown to include Brook Ledge Inc. and XpressWay, our van freight division. (XpressWay hauls general commodity truck load freight and operates within a 250 mile radius of Reading, PA.) Brook Ledge Inc. is now one of the largest Horse Transportation companies in North America. In addition to operating out of its home office in Oley, PA, Brook Ledge Inc. maintains terminals on our small farms in Lexington, KY and Ocala, FL.  There are 3 generations currently working at Brook Ledge and Xpressway which include (along with Bill and Bob) Brad Gotwals, Joan Gotwals Yoder, Brent Gotwals, Chris Gotwals, Will Gotwals, Andrea Gotwals Boone and Summer Gotwals.  Brook Ledge has gained the respect of horsemen and competitors alike.  The Gotwals family is dedicated to the business and those who make it possible from employees to customers.

Our Drivers

Our professional drivers come from a wide range of backgrounds consisting of trainers, farriers, professional competitive riders, grooms, horse farm managers, yearling managers, broodmare managers and professional horse haulers that have worked for other companies or owned their own. All have extensive horse experience prior to their employment as a horse transporter with Brook Ledge. Most are current or past horse owners and many are second and third generation horse people—the horse is in their blood. We have 30 lead drivers currently employed with us-their average length of employment with Brook Ledge is 13 years. Some of our drivers have two family generations working at Brook Ledge. We are incredibly proud to present our customers with lifelong horsemen and women to ship and care for their horses.

Brook Ledge Inc. operates an over the road fleet with the best equipment in the industry. To keep our vans on the road, we have our own mechanics to ensure the utmost in reliability and safety. The fleet is operated by expert drivers utilizing video monitoring of the horses. They are randomly drug and alcohol tested. We are proud of the fact that we have achieved the Department of Transportation's highest rating. (US DOT# is 85484.)

Van unloading at WEF