Skip to content

Obituary-Meg Salmon Riggins


Meg Salmon (Riggins) was known throughout

the country for her world’s champion rides

aboard CH The Irish Flame.



On Dec. 31, 2007, Margaret (Meg) Salmon Riggins of Lee’s Summit, Mo., died suddenly at her home. She was 50 years old.


Riggins and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burton Salmon, were great supporters of the American Saddlebred industry owning and showing many great champions throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s. Early on the entries of Burton Salmon enjoyed great success with Ray and Margaret Pittman. She will long be remembered riding the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited World’s Champion CH Wild Tempest. The Salmon family established Sabur Farm which also became known for world’s champions such as Sabur’s Fox Glove and CH Sabur’s Stiletto.


Then for many years they showed with Dale and Glenda Pugh in Missouri. In 1983 the World’s Championship Horse Show held the Three-Year-Old Park Pleasure Futurity World’s Championship for the very first time and Riggins won it with a horse named Diamond Kite. That same year she had the World’s Champion Parade Horse, bringing down the house at the American Royal – home of the Parade Horse World’s Championship – with the legendary gray horse, CH Sterling Performance. CH Sterling Performance was trained by Danny Breakbill.


Under the direction of the Pughs, Riggins was a fierce competitor in the gaited division with the likes of world’s champions CH The Irish Flame and his full sister CH Everything Irish. CH The Irish Flame was the 1982 ASHA Amateur Five-Gaited Horse Of The Year. Later on she would enjoy great success with the gaited mare CH Spartan’s Special Memories. With Dr. Alan Raun as her trainer Riggins also loved road ponies. She made many victory passes with Shamask before selling her to Mary Gaylord.


Riggins enjoyed a great circle of friends in the horse business, especially from her days at William Woods University.


“She was a bigger girl but she could flat saddle back one,” said classmate Kim (Bavin) Cowart. “She kind of had tunnel vision when she rode, she was determined. She rode very hard every time she went into the ring.


“Meg was a great girl and she loved her horses. She came from some money, but when we were at William Woods she was at the barn early every day and working hard like the rest of us. She just loved being a part of the team.”


In addition to her horse family, Riggins, who worked as a nurse for 12 years, greatly enjoyed her own family, which includes survivors husband Michael and daughters Sara, Hollie, Rebecca and Brooke.


Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Longview Horse Park.





More Stories

  • LBS Mare Designation Deadline

    December 31, 2017 is the deadline for turning in the Limited Breeders' Sweepstakes Mare Designation form. If you plan to designate a mare to the stallion you bought at or donated to the 2017 LBS Auction, please get those forms in the mail to us as the date is fast approaching... Read More
  • Dayton Horse Show Update

    After speculation that 2017 would be the final Dayton Horse Show, officials have announced that there would indeed be a 2018 show. Held at the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dayton, Ohio for many years, the does have to change locations for its 151st edition due to the Fairgrounds being sold. Read More
  • Obituary - Dr. Ronald A. Hendricks

    Dr. Ronald A. Hendricks, age 66 of Lenoir City, formerly of Clinton, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from complications following a stroke in November. Ronnie had degrees in engineering and dentistry. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Memphis, Memphis State and Cleveland State Community College... Read More
  • Did You Know?

    Our interactive website offers a variety of useful and unique tools for our readers. We aim to help our readers learn to navigate our new website, as well as gain a firm understanding of all the comprehensive features that it offers. Check in weekly with our Did You Know news series, as we show you the ins and outs of Read More
  • ASHA Announces Partnership with US Equestrian in the new USEF Competition Lite Program

    ASHA is pleased to announce the partnership between United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) and ASHA to offer the new USEF Competition Lite category... Read More
  • Schedule Set For 33rd Annual Wisconsin Limited Breeders Stallion Auction

    The 33rd annual Wisconsin Limited Breeders Stallion Service Auction will be held Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Restaurant in Milwaukee Wisc. The event begins at 11:00 AM with a buffet brunch followed by the annual meeting at 12:30 PM. The live stallion service auction will begin at 1:00 PM, featuring the nation's top producing stallions... Read More
  • Beamer Helps Rescue Horses from Lilac Fire

    Barbara Beamer joined scores of neighbors, friends, volunteers and community members to help transport and shelter horses and pets displaced in the Lilac Fire which decimated the San Luis Rey Training Center and is still burning in San Diego County. Read More
  • Latest Issue Dec 11 17

    Read More
  • Morgan Weanling Gala 2018

    Plans are underway for the 10th edition of the Morgan Weanling Gala to be held in 2018. In the years since the Morgan Weanling Gala (MWG) was launched, it has become a much-anticipated event each year. The program individually promotes each of the Nominated Stallions on both the MWG Facebook Page and website... Read More
  • Selection Trials at William Woods University

    After impressive showings at the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Trials, 12 riders were chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup. Thirty-two aspiring athletes from 18 states tried out at William Woods University on Saturday... Read More