About Us

Lake Fork Stables offers affordable options from riding lessons to boarding.

We are conveniently located just 3 minutes from Lake Fork.


Valerie Mellema has been riding horses since she was 5 years old. Her mother showed Missouri Fox Trotters and Valerie inherited her love horses. She started riding her Paint pony as a child, upgrading to larger horses over the years. Each horse has left a lasting impression on her and they all taught her something new about horse care and training.

Valerie attended West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Business & Industry with a Minor in Animal Science. While attending college, she worked for a Hunter/Jumper farm in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where she furthered her experience in barn management. She also interned at the American Quarter Horse Association in Amarillo, Texas.

Valerie also has experience working with young horses and racehorses. She has a passion for retired racehorses and has also been involved in racing and breeding for racing.