In addition to JHS, James and Jackie own Southern Saddlebred LLC and they host two horse shows a year at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, TN.  The Spring Fling, held in April, and the Fall Finale in October attracts the top stables in our region and promotes the American Saddlebred in Middle Tennessee.
Together James and Jackie have developed a successful business by combining their talents: James' ability as a trainer and keen eye for a prospect, partnered with Jackie's teaching and marketing skills.

JHS has a balanced mix of Academy, Juvenile and Amateur riders, a small but robust breeding program, and always a nice selection of Prospects and Consignment horses to choose from.


James and Jackie were honored with the Gordon Jenkins International Service Award by the American Saddlebred Horse Association in 2010 for their work with the ASHA of Europe.  They also coached the first-ever Saddleseat Equitation World Cup team from Germany.

​James Hale has been a professional trainer for over 25 years. He began exhibiting American Saddlebred horses as a family hobby when he was 7 years old. With no formal instruction, he "figured things out for himself" and successfully exhibited across the Southeast as a Juvenile exhibitor.  He worked as the head trainer at Jones Valley Farm in Anniston, AL and Omega Farm in Anderson, SC before opening his own business in 1995. Having made a name for himself in the development of young horses, perhaps most notably, he started CH Wall Street Week and captured the Reserve World Championship title in the Three Year Old Five Gaited Stallion/Gelding class in 1988 when James was only 22 years old.

Professional Associations and Accomplishments:

United Professional Horseman's Association
  • 2016 Chapter 8 - Alabama Co-Chairman
  • Chapter 8 Chairman from 2005 - 2012
  • Chapter 8 Horseperson of the Year 2006
American Saddlebred Horse Association Active Member
United States Equestrian Federation Professional Member
  • The only "R" Licensed Judge in Alabama for  Saddlebreds, Saddle Seat Equitation, Hackneys and Roadsters
  • Has judged every major horse show nationally and internationally, including the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show and the South African National Championship in Bloemfontein, SA.

Jackie Hale got her start in the Saddlebred industry much the same way James did, with Mom and Dad acting as trainers, truck drivers and grooms. She began showing at age 8, competing in and around Alabama. Upon graduation from Birmingham-Southern College with a degrees in English/ Communications and Political Science, she returned to the show horse world in 1990, exhibiting across the Southeast and teaching riding lessons part-time. Her professional career path led her into the Advertising/Marketing fields and she and James were married in 1996. 


Professional Associations and Accomplishments:

American Saddlebred Horse Association
  • National Board of Directors 2013 - 2016 
  • Currently serving on the Marketing, Public Relations and Riding Lesson Council committees
United Professional Horseman's Association Professional Member
  • Chapter 8 Horseperson of the Year 2007
United States Equestrian Federation Professional Member