The Simons were the first of many horse people to move to the Cannon Falls area. It has now grown
to many horse related businesses. The trailer sales continued to grow at a fast pace. They were picking up
new brands to accommodate the demand. The family all had a part in the business. Teri, Jim and Bonnie’s
oldest daughter, worked the trailer sales department managing daily sales, Bonnie did all of the bookkeeping
back then and Jim oversaw the entire operation. They had several employees helping with it all. In 1982
Mark Kusilek was hired to do odd jobs of all kinds. He had great appreciation for all that was going on at
this operation because of his love for horses.
In 1985 Mark and Teri were married. Teri had one sister Jami and one brother Ryon. Jami passed
away in 1993 which was a huge setback in the hearts of the whole family. She is gone but not forgotten. Ryon
came along in 1980 and has grown into a large part of the horse sale business.
In 1995 Arena Trailer Sales was outgrowing the parking lot at the Arena, so Jim purchased 10 acres
on the corner of Hwy. 52 and County Road 86 - a great location where we now reside. We built a new facility
with room for a second business attached. It was the first indoor trailer showroom of its kind in the Upper
Midwest. This was a successful move for Arena Trailer Sales. Ryon opened a saddle shop next door with a
large inventory of saddles. We now have three businesses - Arena Trailer Sales, Simon Horse Company and
RS Saddlery - that are in their own respects some of the leading companies in the horse industry. It all goes
hand in hand. This is a family owned and operated business, which is over 40 years in the making - we are
very proud of all we have accomplished and look forward to many more years of sales and service in the
trailer business. Our most rewarding part of the trailer business is the great people we get to deal with and
meet every day.