Stan Smith is good old Southern guy with a slow drawl and love of horses. He works as a farrier, a blacksmith that specializes in shoeing horses, and a variety of equine and rider clinics when he’s not holding the reigns of a buggy. Actually, it should be buggies – Stan has quite a collection of them including a stunning white open-air that he uses for weddings and his newly acquired glass-paned funerary buggy.
His passion led him...
... to rescue Miss U – once labeled as “unsatisfactory” for her slow learning and unbridled wild-streak which lead to her being branded with a large “U” on her neck – now works in partnership with Stan steadily plodding along the streets with such a calmness and one might even say love of her rescuer and new found job.
Uber just joined the team as his former owner became unable to care for him and Stan took him in. Stan has been steadily training Uber to haul the carriage and experience the sights and sounds of streets and the city with trips up and down the Rails to Trails, adventures in the Tractor Supply parking lot and finally along the streets of Athens. Uber is growing accustomed to the harness, carriage and environment and soon he’ll become another favored site like Miss U out and about town.
Stan’s passion for horses and carriages has turned into a much beloved and sought-after experience in Athens – carriage rides with Wild Hearts Cowboy Carriage Rides with Miss U or Uber trotting the historic streets. Often available on weekends, unless the weather turns bad, Stan Smith and his carriage can be round at the Limestone County Courthouse Annex parking lot taking eager passengers on rides. However, if you want to guarantee your experience, booking an appointment is advised.
You can enjoy Stan’s passion and the beautiful buildings of Athens with your sweetheart for a truly unique experience this Valentine’s Day. Stan will be offering 30-minute rides through portions of historic Athens for $60.00. Appointments are required for this opportunity and can be scheduled by calling 256-777-9379.