Horse-drawn carriage company’s suspension following complaints lifted

The suspension of the operating permit of horse and carriage company, Sugar Creek Carriages, following complaints about the company’s owner, Johnny Smith, has been lifted.
Smith, who was accused of intimidating behavior, had his business permit suspended in October, according to the Metro Transportation Licensing Board. The permit was originally suspended for six months.

Sugar Creek, however, is still scheduled to provide horse-drawn carriage rides in the Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood on December 2 and 3, said neighborhood association chair person Linda Bengston.

“Things had been worked out following a hearing last week in a Davidson County Circuit Court.”

“It sounds like the carriage company was falsely accused,” Mary Skinner, a spokesperson for the neighborhood association, said. “Sugar Creek will be allowed to give carriage rides in our neighborhood and downtown,”

The hospitality center where the tours begin, will be located at the Nashville First Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 2800 Blair Blvd.

Proceeds from the event support the Dragon Parade, Dragon Music Sunday concerts, drinking fountains and other amenities in Fannie Mae Dees Park. Tickets can be purchased at