Stephen Hankins, Jr. and Ashley Duncan proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Valerie Grace Hankins, on June 10, 2003. The baby weighed nine pounds and one ounce and was 22 inches long.

Hankins is a well-known horse trainer from Tazewell, Va. He is the son of Steve and Sandy Hankins. And the grandson of Ed and Geraldine Hankins of Tazewell, Va.

Duncan is the daughter of Tim and Valerie Duncan of Clinton, Tenn., and is the granddaughter of Henry and Shirley Brock of Clinton, Tenn., Burl and Etta Jane Kanipes of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Bonnie Duncan of Clinton, Tenn. She has been involved with walking horses for several years.