Mount Regis Stables is a 68 acre family owned and operated farm nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A five minute drive to downtown Salem, we are also just minutes away from The Blue Ridge Parkway, Green Hill Park, and the Virginia Horse Center. Purchased in the 1940’s by L. Earl Simms, the farm is now five generations older and still going strong. Earl, an active promoter of Black Angus cattle and heavily involved in the Virginia Angus Association, created this beautiful farm at Mount Regis hoping to begin something the community could enjoy.
In 1999, Earl’s grandsons, Paul and Mark Simms, realized
that as the neighborhoods developed around their farm, managing cattle was
becoming increasingly difficult. Neighbors were less than humored by a large,
black bull grazing on their freshly mowed lawn! Wanting to keep it an
agricultural setting, the two men turned the property into a boarding stable
and it has been thriving ever since. They removed miles of barbed wire and
replaced it with board and electric tape fencing. Existing sheds were converted
into 12’X12’ stalls and the area was landscaped to suit equines rather than
MountRegis continues to be a
full service boarding and training facility with a caring, experienced staff
and a warm, family atmosphere. Your needs are very important to us and we take
great pride in our farm and our relationships with our customers, both human
and horse alike.
Paul and Shannon Simms
Paul, Shannon, and Samantha Simms
Paul and Shannon met in 2003, when Shannon came on the scene as a trainer. Now, they run the business together and are hoping to teach the youngest members of the family, Samantha, Lucas, and Matthew, the ropes as they grow. Married September 10, 2005, Paul and Shannon have made the business into a very manageable farm and boarding facility. While Shannon handles the horse end of things, Paul takes care to make sure the equipment is running smoothly and the farm stays as successful as it has been the last ten plus years. They have managed to find a balance while running a business and raising their family.
Shannon wasraised in the horse business and has taken her family tradition and brought it to Virginia from California via Boston, where she grew up riding reining horses, western pleasure and horsemanship. At fifteen, she was lucky enough to be introduced to the wonderful world of Eventing. After exchanging her cowgirl hat for a Charles Owen helmet, she became a Three Day Event trainer, and has had several students who have shown their own horses in hopes of moving up through the levels. Now that the children are growing, Shannon is focusing more on that, while still keeping the farm a comfortable place for people to board and train with lessons and training options.
Mike and Shannon Baker
Mike is not only a world renowned judge, but also Shannon’s father, making it a family business on both sides. He moved to Virginia in October 2006 to be closer to Shannon and help on the farm. Leaving California, via Nevada, he brought with him years of knowledge of the horse business. He and his wife, also named Shannon, were married in October 2008, adding more of a wonderful family dimension to the farm. They offer training in all phases of western performance, specializing in trail, horsemanship, and western pleasure, as well as Hunt Seat for many breeds. They currently hold eight judges cards and travel all over the world judging national and international horse shows. It is wonderful to have them here, creating Mount Regis a family business all around.
Both Mike and Shannon keep the farm running smoothly, as they do reside on the property. Mike works closely with Mark to keep the equipment in shape, as well as the fences, and Shannon keeps watch over the horses. They currently have openings for training as well as trailer-in lessons.
Nikki Tolley Nikki has been at Mount Regis just about since it began. Brought there by her parents at age twelve, her passion for horses has never waived. Now in her 20's, Nikki is at the farm most days, working hard to maintain the farm as she knows it should be kept. Working together with Paul and Shannon, she has really earned a very special place at the farm, as well as becoming part of the family.