Welcome to the American
Saddlebred Horse Museum in Mexico Missouri! The
community that was legendary in developing and
raising the American Saddlebred Horse. The Museum
was established in 1970 to house an extensive
collection of equestrian memorabilia and artifacts
from the 1800s to the present day. Centrally located,
Mexico Missouri was once notes as the American
Saddlebred Capital of the World.
Here you will see collections from Bill and George
Lee, John T. Hook and son Leonard, Jack Harrison
(noted Trainer and Author of "Famous Saddle Horses
and Distinguished Horsemen"), B.B. Tucker, Lula
Long Combs, Mrs. W.P. Roth, the Palmers, R.P.
Glenn, George Ford Morris Prints, Bill Cunningham
who immigrated from Ireland to become one of Mexico's
outstanding trainers and international judges
(he also served as Camp De Aide to General Pershing
during W.W. I), Jim Hamilton, Welch Greenwell,
the Claude Drews, Shirley Hardwick, and the great
late Arthur Simmons whose son Jim and family are
carrying on their legacy in a newly built stable
at their breeding farm a few miles from Mexico.
There is also an extensive collection from Tom
Bass, a distinguished black horseman who rose
from slavery to become the most outstanding trainer
of all time and invented the famous Bass Bit,
which he never patented and is still in use today.
Featured on display are numerous studs, including:
Rex McDonald, whose remains are buried on the
grounds, Stonewall King, Astral King, Will Shriver,
and many many more.