Saddleback Horse Stable Receives $250,000 Grant

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Monday, October 31 2005 Oct 31, 2005 Monday, October 31, 2005 8:27:17 AM CST October 31, 2005 in News

History buffs are one step closer to saving a historic district that they say is part of what makes the town so unique. For Mexicans and saddleback horse fans these building are a big part of history.

"This barn has been here all my life, and it would be impossible to think about this area with out this barn being here," Simmons Stable preservation fund member Paul Day said.

The Simmons stable has stood here since the 1950s and was home to many famous horses, but the building is in need of work now.

"We just feel like there are too many things being torn down and it should be saved," Simmons said.

Bobette Balser-Wilson has been working to save this stable since she first found out it might be coming down.

"I laid in bed for two weeks every night thinking I can not believe I'm going to look out that church window and not see that building there ever again," Balser-Wilson said.

So she's been working, and now she has the help of a $250,000 Save America's Treasures grant.

"It was really exciting. The first thing I said was how long do I have to keep it to myself. And it is just really.... I always wondered what that would feel like. That was such a thrill," Simmons said.

But the work isn't done.

"We would like to restore it. And we want to turn it into the International Saddle bred Hall of Fame," Balser-Wilson said.

Bobette hopes that Mexico's rich saddle bred history will soon be on display for all to see. 

The grant they've receive is a matching grant, which means they still need your help.

If you'd like to donate to the Simmons Stable Preservation Fund, contact their treasurer, Paul Day By phone: (573) 581-5510
or by mail: P.O. Box 513 Mexico, MO 56265

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