Still Thriving After 75 Years
You can almost get to Kentucky if you drive south on Holmes Road far enough. Not literally, but it sure feels like classic Kentucky horse country when you are south of 139th Street and black four-board fencing suddenly outlines a distinctive property. The first hint of something special is the double S sign visible from the gently winding road. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a horse. But through the trees at the crest of a hill not far from 150 Highway sits the quaint quarters of the Saddle & Sirloin Club, Kansas City’s country club for horse people and shooting sports aficionados.
“There is nothing like this anywhere,” says Jeff Henderson, general manager/COO who has overseen the property for the past 3 years.
The sprawling 300 acres has only been home to the club since 2000, when development quite simply overtook the quiet countryside where riders had roamed for 60 years. In 1940, founders established the Mission Road Club in south Leawood as a support to the American Royal. It served as a dining and social club, but had limited capacity due to its location.
The transition across the state line 15 years ago to the more southern locale has enabled the club to spread its wings, expand its offerings and find a forever home amongst Missouri’s most beautiful surroundings. It’s situated south of 1,600 acres of public land with an additional neighboring 800 acres to the west, all available for trail riding. Not to mention sale proceeds from the original property set the organization up fiscally with no debt and capital to make improvements and maintain the property with excellence and attention to detail.
They’ve created a picturesque respite with those improvements: remodeled the old home and turned it into a cozy, rustic clubhouse where members enjoy excellent cuisine, built a huge state-of-the art open air riding arena with the best footing in the U.S., improved the grounds and horse boarding facilities, created fun trail and campsite destinations for riders to enjoy the spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and constructed superb shooting sports amenities.
The grounds are so quiet, and vast; Henderson says though 20 riders may be out on trails it can feel like you have the place to yourself. But there’s more than the trails. The multi-discipline facility hosts all types of riding and ways to enjoy horses. All are welcome.
The friendly, family-oriented, fun club includes a variety of long-time members and new participants of all ages, and many families with 2-3 children. (They have a strong youth riding program, too.) The multi-generational culture creates that small-town environment where everyone feels known and welcome. The variety of creative events manifest a community that celebrates the outdoors and each other.
“There’s nothing I enjoy more than sitting at a table watching the long-time members laugh and tell stories,” Henderson says. “There’s a lot of shared history here.”
Complementing the equestrian environment is a wealth of excellent quality shooting sports facilities and options for those whose interest for the outdoors includes this fine sport. Sportsmen (and women) enjoy private trap, skeet, 5-stand and sporting clay courses on the northwest area of the acreage.
For families and friends who desire a home away from home for their horse(s) and family, the Saddle & Sirloin Club offers the finest facilities and welcoming community.
Forget Kentucky. Kansas City’s treasured Saddle & Sirloin Club is a thriving and beautiful equestrian oasis in the Midwest. It’s alive and well. And as Henderson says, “If you’re a true horse lover, this is where you want to be.”