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


Extreme Trail Camp 2016 Memories

What fun horse camp was last year!  We had great times and made lasting friendships.  Check out the highlights from Extreme Trail Camp 2016 on this video produced by Southern Horse Talk …  And, we’ll see YOU at this year’s Extreme Trail Camp 2017, starting May 29th at Carousel O Breeds in Montevallo.

For more information on the camp, call me, Libby Shackelford, at 205-533-0432.  Enjoy! Ms Libby


Summer Horse Camp 2017


Time to sign up for summer horse camp 2017!  Extreme Trail Camp takes place May 29 to June 3 at Carousel O Breeds farm in Montevallo, Alabama.  Campers will learn horsemanship, ride horses, have swim and craft time, and eat some great food!

Kids should bring their riding clothes, boots, helmet, bug spray, swim suit, towel, sleeping bag, pillow, play clothes, and snacks.  Each camper receives a trophy and a camp shirt.  Parents, friends, and family are invited to attend an end-of-camp performance on June 3 at the back arena.  Bring lawn chairs for the performance; Carousel O Breeds will provide the drinks.

Cost for camp is $485 for overnight camp; $450 for day camp; and $75 per day.  For more information, call Libby Shackelford at (205) 533-0432.  And be sure to save your spot by filling out the camp registration form located on the Forms tab of the website.

We look forward to a fun summer with your child making memories to last a lifetime! Ms Libby

Extreme Trail Camp

Almost Time for Summer Camp 2017!

Extreme Trail Camp
Extreme Trail Camp 2016
Photo Credit: Southern Horse Talk

It’s time to start thinking about signing up for summer camp!

EXTREME TRAIL CAMP at Carousel O Breeds is May 29 – June 3. Go ahead and mark your calendars and be on the lookout for our camp sign-up form coming soon here on the website and over on our facebook page.

Kids have a great time riding, learning horsemanship, swimming, doing crafts, and more!  Every year, we have a great turnout of horse-loving kids who make lifelong friendships while becoming great little horsemen.

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting summer camp from Carousel O Breeds in Montevallo, Alabama.  For more information, call Libby Shackelford at 205-533-0432. Ms Libby

Rodeo Clinic Carousel O Breeds

Meet Sky Cofer

Sky Cofer
Sky Cofer

Carousel O Breeds is proud to introduce our staff member, Sky Cofer, of Alabaster, Alabama.  Sky is daughter of Cindi and Brett Cofer.  Besides training and instructing at Carousel O Breeds in Montevallo, her accomplishments include:

  • IBRA Youth 1D Champion 2014
  • PK Ranch 4D Champion 2014
  • AHSRA Contestant 2015
  • Reserve Youth Timed Events HSC 2016
  • 4-H Regional Qualifier 2016
  • Extreme Cowboy Race Champion 2015
  • AOHA State Qualifier 2016
  • 4-H State Reined Cow Horse Champion 2016
  • Lawrence County Reserve Champion Cowgirl 2016

Sky also served as president of the Shelby County 4-H Horse Club from 2014 to 2015.  A few fun facts about Sky?  She drinks Coke like it’s going out of style and loves the color green.  Get to know Sky Cofer by stopping by Carousel O Breeds for a lesson.  Call Libby Shackelford for more information at 205-533-0432. Ms Libby

Absolutely Alabama

Libby Talks about Horses on Absolutely Alabama

Carousel O Breeds’ own Libby Shackelford speaks about the joy of horses, her experience with them over the past 30 years, and what they mean to her personally in this feature on the Alabama Horse Fair on the TV show hosted by Fred Hunter called Absolutely Alabama.  Check it out below …

Absolutely Alabama

For more information on the Alabama Horse Fair, go to, or visit the Alabama Horse Council website. Ms Libby