I n the 1970's, Hope discovered the rewards and challenges of long distance riding competition in AERC and NATRC events, eventually coordinating many events herself. Hope has ridden several sections of the Tevis Trail, which is ranked as one of the toughest trails in the world in Endurance competition. During this time, she was introduced to gaited horses which made a big impression on her, thus beginning her passion for all things gaited. Hope has trained gaited horses for long distance riding, showing and competition, driving, and pleasure trail riding.
W ith a desire to learn more about overall equine maintenance and training, she studied at Cal Poly and worked with animal trainer Gus Griffin on many movie projects.
Hope rode several times in the Rose Parade during the years 1978 – 1982. She also rode in the Calgary Stampede Parade. Her parade group won first place out of 80 competing groups at the Cow Palace.
In 1982, Hope took up training horses full time. In 1992 through the present, Hope has specialized in training gaited horses. Throughout these years, she has been involved with so many facets of the gaited horse.
Hope moved from Morongo Valley to Anza in 1999 and started AA ranch with her husband Bill working exclusively with gaited breeds. Bill had purchased the property in 1973 and had moved to Anza with his son in 1975 . Bill and his son's interest in horses began in 1977 when he purchased 4 horses for he and his son. Bill became very involved in the Anza area Lions Club working with the club to host the Gymkhana events from 1976 through 2000 when more of his attention was needed taking care of the ranch.
Bill also worked with Tom Firth & Bobbie Burch putting on the World Championship Team Penning Finals held here in Anza from 1988 to 2001. Funds raised from this event went on to benefit the Hamilton High School Booster Club.
Bill has also had the unique pleasure of working with the Anza Lions Club when they sponsored "The Great Cattle Drive." This was a 22-mile journey from Anza to Hemet, California, held in the winter months "It was like A Scene from the Old West" says Bill.
Bill retired from Anza Electric Co-op in 1995 and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Co-op in 1997. Both Bill and Hope currently participate in group trail rides and events throughout the Southwest.
With over 35 years of "horsing around", Hope has an extensive and broad background in the horse world. She has extremely well rounded skills in the handling, training and managing of all types of horses. Hope has helped hundreds of clients form that seamless team of horse and rider which leads to the ultimate enjoyment on the trail, the arena and the show ring. Hope Adams has the knowledge, patience and ability to help you gain success with your gaited horse.