Valerie began at Audubon Park in New Orleans. After moving to Marietta, Georgia, she continued her riding with notable horse trainers and instructors, Susan Bradshaw, Jimmy Glidewell, Peggy and Johnny Evans. Throughout college Valerie continued to ride and show horses and began to teach and train under Dewey Henderson and Myrna Fleeman, Temple and Jayne Stephenson and Bob Jenkins. Embarking on her own in 1980, Valerie opened her own barn, Fairhope Farm in Fairhope, Alabama. While in Fairhope she met and married Rick Adams. In 1994, Valerie and Rick moved to Duluth, Georgia, and have continued blue-ribbon success as trainers and instructors at Fairhope Stables.
Rick has been around horses his entire life. Rick has enjoyed training Quarter Horses and Draft horses, but his passion is Saddlebreds and Road Horses. Since opening Fairhope Stables with wife, Valerie, Rick has continued to enjoy training horses, especially driving horses. Rick has had notable Road Horse success with Champions such as Martell, Can’t Drive Fifty-Five, Talladega Nights, Sour Grapes, Jack Rabbit Flash, Agnes Scott, Super Slick, and Maverick, among others. When he isn’t driving and training, Rick shoes horses! He is also the Secretary/Treasurer of the American Road Horse & Pony Association and a member of the United States Equestrian Federation Rules Committee.