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About Fairhope Stables

You are cordially invited to come visit us at Fairhope Stables. 

We're located at 2755 Bunten Road in Duluth.

We would be happy to introduce you to our staff and our horses.

Fairhope Stables offers individualized instruction incorporating the riders goals, ability levels and learning styles.

Safety and the love of horses are paramount. Instruction is available for beginners through international competitors.

Whether the rider enters competition or the bridle path, we can accommodate your equine dreams.

Instruction is available Tuesday through Saturday. Morning, afternoon and evening appointments can be scheduled. Lessons are $35.00 each.

Rick and Valerie Adams are the owners and principal trainers and instructors.

About Us

 
Valerie Adams

Valerie Adams has loved horses and been involved with horses since she was a little girl. Valerie enjoyed riding on the levee with her father and at Audubon Park Stables in New Orleans.

After her family moved to Marietta, GA, Valerie's grandfather bought her a pony. Her parents realized that professional instruction was needed and enrolled Valerie in lessons at a local stable where she rode for several years. There she developed her love for the American Saddlebred. Subsequently, her parents bought Valerie her first Saddlebred and took the pair to Johnny and Peggy Evans for instruction.  Under the Evans banner, Valerie and Valor Bluebonnet enjoyed success in the show ring. Valerie began to work at the barn after her lessons and on weekends and during the summer.  The Evans moved to Florida and Jimmy Glidewell began to train at the stable. Once again, lessons were not enough. She was always at the barn learning and watching.

 

The stable closed and Valerie went to Dewey Henderson. From there it was to Myrna Fleeman who was the equitation instructor at Dewey's.

 

Jayne and Temple Stephenson were looking for an instructor for their lesson program. Myrna recommended Valerie to them. While teaching there, Valerie enjoyed teaching Christian Taylor, Julie Balai, Lesley Sodel (now Miles), who all have continued with Saddlebreds and success.

 

Bob Jenkins offered Valerie a job as Equitation Instructor/Assistant Trainer. Not long after going to work there, Valerie was teaching Jennie Turner (Garlington), her sister, Laura Turner (Seydell), Leslie Bovis, Leah Davis and Maxine Ruch (Panos).  Leah and Maxine ride with Valerie now, as well.

 

Venturing out on her own, in 1979, Valerie opened Fairhope Farm in Kennesaw, GA.  It was here that Valerie introduced Ann and Ed Moore to the horse business.

 

Life has twists and turns and Valerie moved to Fairhope, AL. Quite the coincidence to have the same name as her stable!  While there, Valerie earned her second degree and taught elementary school and continued to teach riding lessons.  At the stable where she leased stalls and taught lessons, Valerie met Rick Adams.  In 1994, Rick and Valerie moved to Duluth, GA to lease the barn belonging to Walking Horse champions, Jim and Jeanine Gullett.

 

There have been many wonderful horses that Valerie has had the privilege to work.  Included in this list are:  I'd Imagine, Dr. J, Foster'€™s Radiant Genius, Confederate Raider, Point Blank, Anastasia, Shorty Roberts, Champagne Supreme Spirit, Mr. C's Sensation, Justifiable, First Snow, Bold Flare, Maid My Day, The Pleasure Is All Mine, I'm Eventful, The Excelsior, Worthy's Touch Me Not, My Fair Prince, In The Clover, The Thief of Hearts, Hocus Pocus Dominocus, Play Date, The Silversmith, Bluegrass Sunset, Sky High Money and the list goes on.


Included in the list of riders Valerie has started or influenced are: Jennie Appelt, Leslie Sodel (Miles), Lesley Bovis, Susan Hannah, Jackie Ware, Lindy Ware, Caroline Rose Buiel, Jenny Turner (Garlington), Christian Taylor, Jessica Northcutt, Brandy Johnson, Stafford Visi, Stephanie and Natalie Sanchez, Ann and Ed Moore, Andy Moore, Susan Orton and there are more "€œin the warm-up ring". 


Teaching and training are Valerie'€™s passion. She considers herself very fortunate to be able to do what she loves and has a husband that works with her and shares her passion, and their son, Kendall, an up and coming rider rounds out the team.



Rick Adams

Rick Adams grew up with horses in the Mobile, AL area. Until he met, Valerie, he trained Quarter Horses and draught horses. Once he was introduced to the American Saddlebred, Standardbred, and Hackney ponies, he was hooked! Valerie and Rick enjoy their teamwork and can divide the long-lining, driving and riding between them.

Roadsters are Rick’s passion. Friend and mentor, the late Carl Jenkins, helped to shape Rick’s philosophy in starting a road horse and was proud of Rick’s success. One of Rick’s favorite road horses is the now retired, Agnes Scott,  that earned major wins and top ribbons to bike and under saddle including Louisville. Most recently, Edan Farm’s, Martell, has been a major success story.  With patience and consistency, Martell and Rick have trotted from show rings across the Southeast with top honors and top ribbons including the Reserve World’s Champion Stallion/Gelding title!

Other roadsters that Rick has guided to wins and top ribbons have gone on with new owners and continued show ring success.  The list includes: “Readhimhisrites” renamed Jack Rabbit Flash and sold to Pete Reeves; “Kick It Up A Notch”, renamed Sour Grapes sold to Mark Catron with David Cunningham as agent; “Rickybobby,” now shown as Talladega Nights and sold to Melinda Moore; “Super Slick,” guided by Mike Barlow, and there are more waiting for their show ring debut!

As a proud dad, Rick has been coaching son, Kendall, and roadster pony, Crystal Creek’s Emperor. The pair debuted at the Southeastern Charity and took home third as the youngest driver in the class of amateurs!

In addition to training horses, Rick is also a farrier.  He has been shoeing horses since 1984 and gives much credit to friend and farrier, Jimmy Johnson, for sharing his expertise and offering encouragement to Rick as he began his shoeing career. Now Rick’s shoeing calendar takes him to Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and local Georgia stables.

When he is not working horses or shoeing, you can probably find Rick at the wheel of "the semi" hauling horses.  Rick purchased a 15 horse Streamliner and with the help of, Jeff Hurst, refurbished the van.  Now, pulled with his Volvo and equipped with cameras to montior the horses in transit, Rick provides transportation for stables with hauling needs.  Rick is the stable manager as well as a trainer.  He is a master of driving horses in harness.

 


Haley Stone

Haley Stone has always loved horses.  After much pleading, her parents enrolled her in lessons at R.S. and Ruth Palmer’s stable in O’Fallon, MO. 

The Palmers introduced Haley to Saddlebreds and began to shape her riding career. After the Palmers sold their farm, Haley rode with Rocky Brannon. She also went to study during the summer at camps hosted at William Woods University.  Ultimately, Haley enrolled at “the Woods” and graduated from their Equine Science program.

In her junior year at William Woods, Haley came to Fairhope for a summer job assisting in teaching and directing Fairhope’s Summer Riding Day Camp. Following her graduation, Haley accepted a permanent position as Academy Instructor and Assistant Trainer.

Since coming to Fairhope, Haley has become a vital member of the team. She has gained the loveand respect of the younger riders that she teaches and is a huge help to Rick and Valerie with responsibilities at the barn and, also, with their son, Kendall.  Kendall considers Haley his “big sister” and has been thrilled with many wins on, “Mondial”, Haley’s horse.  With Haley’s assistance, the Academy riders have continued Fairhope’s winning tradition.

Rick and Valerie have encouraged Haley and her show ring experience. She has been successful introducing new or young horses to the show ring. Among those horses are, Mondial, Callaway’s Golden Ray, Aidan Hobbs, I’m Legendary, Black Copper, CH Cherry Red RKR, Reedann’s Phandango, Sky High Money, Slam With Sass, and others. Also, Valerie asked Haley to ride First Snow in a tribute ride for late owner, Leah Davis, at the Asheville Invitational and Blue Ridge Classic horse shows.  Haley has played a major “behind the scenes” role in the success of road horse, Martell.

In addition to teaching riders horsemanship, Haley follows Valerie and Rick’s lead in promoting sportsmanship, being good winners, losing with grace and facing riding and show ring challenges with a positive attitude!