Saving A Major Stable – and Saddlehorse History
Built in Mexico, Missouri, in 1887, Simmons’ Stable is the oldest known building in the United States that was continuously devoted to boarding and training champion American Saddlebred horses. Simmons’ Stable was a working stable until 2001 and ended a long, distinguished history of horses, trainers, and owners that classified Mexico as the original “Saddlehorse Capital of the World.”
Since 2001, the stable had deteriorated badly, resulting in a shifting building with weak side walls, a leaking roof, and interior water damage. In 2002, a group of concerned citizens formed to create the Simmons’ Stables Preservation Fund, Inc. to protect this irreplaceable part of history. The goals of the project are to renovate and preserve Simmons’ Stable’s historic and architectural significance and establish the International Saddlebred Hall of Fame.
This group and its dedicated support community has made much progress towards preserving the stable.
We would like to invite you to participate in supporting an organization whose goal is to continue Mexico, Missouri’s recognition and showcasing of the rich and colorful history of Saddlebred horses. Simmons’ Stable Preservation Fund Inc. is a tax exempt 501-c-3 organization.
Consider becoming an annual member… or become one of our growing distinguished list of lifetime members.
See our “Restoring the Boulevard Barn” page for more details on how you can help.
Flagpole Paver Project
The Simmons’ Stables Preservation organization has initiated a campaign to sell three different sizes of cement pavers commemorating individuals or families for the purpose of creating an attractive memorial area surrounding the Mexico courthouse historic flagpole to be placed at the southwest front area of Simmons’ Stable. Each purchased paver can have individual, family names, and/or a short saying…..whatever will fit on the size of the purchased paver. A logo or company logo can be added to the 8×8 or 12×12 pavers, if desired. The pavers will honor the purchaser’s designated honoree and will provide additional funds for the preservation of the stable. Please use the “Paver Brick Order Form“ to indicate your paver size choice, legibly print your name(s), words, dates on lines indicated and send your form along with your check to “Simmons’ Stables Preservation Fund, Inc., 701 W. Boulevard, P.O. Box 843, Mexico, MO 65265”.
The Simmons’ Stables Preservation Fund mission is: to preserve the historical significance and physical integrity of; to offer for community use; and to present Simmons’ Stables – a nationally significant historic site – to current and future generations that Mexico, Missouri was known as the “Saddlehorse Capital of the World” August 2016