Saddlebred HOF inductees announced

Saddlebred HOF inductees announced
A class of nine inductees were honored June 26 at Simmons Stable. Among them were five posthumous honorees, including John T. Hook of Mexico.

On Saturday June 26, the Simmons Stable Preservation Fund hosted their fifth annual International Saddlebred Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 


Inductees for the ceremony for 2021 are:

  • Lemore “Tony” Weldon and her parents, of Callaway Hills Stables of New Bloomfield.
  • Janet Green of Janet Green Stables at Liberty Meadows of Liberty.
  • Robert Leu, Maple Lawn Farm of Keokuk, Iowa.
  • Marion “Vandy” VandeWall, ringmaster and show manager of Altoona, Iowa.
  • Posthumous Inductees are:
  • Lynn Weatherman 1938-2006 (American Saddlebred Horse Association).
  • R.S. Palmer 1919-2007 and Ruth Palmer 1925-2011 (Palmer Stables of Columbia.
  • Jimmy Stewart 1937-2017 (Breeder of Gypsy Santana of Columbia).
  • Marion Brown 1918-2005  (Marion Brown Stables, St. Louis).
  • John T. Hook 1878-1960 (Hook and Son Stables of Mexico).

Built in Mexico, 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.


It has since been restored and is a viable part of the Audrain County community. 



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