Fresh Start on the web for 2018


We are so excited to launch our new website for you, barn friends.  Take a look around. We hope you will find it easy to navigate with plenty of details. Great communication is the beginning of great relationships!

Several times a month we will be updating the site, here on Barn Diaries page, with all kinds of fun information! Here are some things you might see.

  • Welcome to New Students and Riders
  • Funny Stories of our crazy days at the barn
  • Accomplishments and Celebrations of our current riders and students
  • Quotes and Motivation
  • Social Media Featured Post
  • Horse Tips for great riders and excellent owners
  • Reminders
  • Announcements
  • Upcoming Events
  • Past Event Reviews

See that one that says “Social Media Featured Post”? That is YOUR chance to be featured on this website! Each time you share about something that happened at the barn or at one of our events, please use the hashtag #carouselobreeds We will be monitoring this hashtag and featuring your pictures and stories right here! We may even have a prize or two along the way for our featured barn friends!

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope a visit to will become a routine part of your week as we share all the great things that are happening here in our Barn Diaries

Alabaster Christmas Parade

Alabaster Christmas Parade is December 3rd!

Join us at the annual Alabaster Christmas Parade on December 3rd at 10:00 am to support Carousel O Breeds’ riders and horses.  We always have such a great time and a huge turnout for this parade.  Ring in the holiday season with traditional, community-based, Christmas FUN!

Alabaster Christmas Parade
Mae Goggans – Alabaster Christmas Parade Ms Libby Virtues of Horses

What Horses Do For Children

Horses and Character Development
by Rebecca Coulter

There’s so much kids (and adults) can learn from working with horses that goes way beyond learning to ride the horse.

They learn responsibility. The horse is counting on them. If they don’t walk the horse out for the right amount of time when they hop on to ride, the horse can be injured. If they don’t tighten the saddle correctly, the rider can be hurt. Even young kids, we can hardly get to put away their toys at home, learn to be responsible in caring for the horses. As they take responsibility, it grows them into leaders, with the initiative to handle difficult tasks. Virtues of Horses

They learn persistence. From their first lessons, when they’re just hanging on and hoping not to drop the reins to their first rodeos, when they can ride with strength and control, they see that many valuable things in life come only with hard work and persistence.  They had to practice and listen in order to to grow, and that’s a skill they can use in every area of their lives.

They learn compassion. As they care for and connect with the horse, they learn to think of someone other than themselves. They learn to read what someone is telling them, even when that someone can’t use words. They also learn to care for each other at the barn. I think of the older kids who helped my younger child saddle his horse when he was too short to reach. They were kind to him, and I hope he will return the favor some day.

Horseback riding teaches you a whole lot more than just how to run the poles.  It builds character, instills confidence, and teaches life skills that will last throughout their whole lives.

Thanks to Becky Coulter for her contribution to this article.  I couldn’t have said it better myself ~ Ms Libby Linda Nolen Learning Center

20th Anniversary Cowboy Day at Linda Nolen Learning Center Linda Nolen Learning Center
Linda Nolen Learning Center
Photo Courtesy of: Linda Nolen Learning Center


On May 18, 2016, from 9 am to 12 pm, at the Linda Nolen Learning Center in Alabaster, Alabama, Libby Shackelford, owner of Carousel O Breeds, and leader of the Shelby County 4-H Horse Club, will delight the students for the 20th Annual Cowboy Day by bringing horses!

Every year the 4-Hers haul their horses, about 15 or so, out to the Learning Center to lead the horses around and have the students interact with the large animals.  The experience is well-received by the students who eagerly look forward to the annual event.

For more information and to volunteer, call Libby Shackelford at 205-533-0432.

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Libby Elected Secretary BDCTA LogoOn January 8, 2016, Libby Shackelford was elected Secretary of BDCTA (Birmingham Dressage and Combined Training Association).  As a board member, she looks forward to serving the members this year.

Please call 205-533-0432 with any concerns or questions regarding BDCTA.

Logo Credit:  BDCTA