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

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

Mae Goggans

Meet Mae Goggans

Mae Goggans
Mae Goggans, riding instructor at Carousel O Breeds in Montevallo, Alabama

Carousel O Breeds is proud to feature profiles on their staff members, so you can get to know them a little better.  Our first feature is on one of our riding instructors, Mae Goggans …

Mae Goggans, 25 years old, is originally from Alabaster, Alabama, and currently resides in Columbiana, Alabama. She is a Dental Assistant at Medplex Pediatric Dentistry for Dr. Baker Chambliss in Hoover, Alabama.

Her hobbies include crafts, candle making, boating, side-by-side riding, fishing, cooking, volunteering, and most importantly, riding horses. Her love of horses started at an early age. She grew up riding her uncle’s horses. At the age of 12, she finally got one of her own. From that point on, she has become a strong and caring horsewoman.

Some of her accomplishments and qualifications in the horse industry include:

  • 2005- 2010 Shelby County 4-H Horse Club member
  • 2006 – 2007 Shelby County 4-H Horse Club president
  • 2008 Alabama Junior Rodeo Association member
  • 2007 Alabama 4-H State Saddle Seat Champion
  • 2007 Miss Horsemanship of Shelby County
  • 2009 Alabama High School Rodeo Association member
  • 2012-2016 Volunteer Leader for the Shelby County 4-H Horse Club
  • 2014 – 2016 BDCTA Volunteer Coordinator
  • 2015 Birmingham Dressage and Combined Training Association Western Dressage Highpoint Champion
  • 2016 Sanctuary Cowboy Church 3D Barrel Champion
  • 2016 Barrels, Heels, & Horns Benefit 4D Barrel Champion and Pole Bending Champion

Be sure to come by Carousel O Breeds to meet Mae and sign up for riding lessons. We’re quite certain you’ll be pleased with her skill level and the care which she takes with both horse and rider. Ms Libby

Harlow Caddis Carousel O Breeds

Fall Photos at Carousel O Breeds

We love putting beautiful princesses together with ponies for fabulous fall photos at Carousel O Breeds.  If your little one has always wanted pictures made with a pony, call Libby Shackelford to set up a photo shoot at 205-533-0432.

Here are the latest little pumpkins we captured on film …

Harlow Caddis Carousel O Breeds
Harlow Caddis


Harlow Caddis Carousel O Breeds
Harlow Caddis


The Baker Girls
The Baker Girls


Savannah Baker
Savannah Baker

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Gearing up for the Lawrence County 4-H Youth Rodeo!

We are gearing up for the Lawrence County 4-H Youth Rodeo in Moulton, Alabama.  Riders from Carousel O Breeds who will be participating are Alex Galloway, Gracie Smith, and Luke Biel.  The rodeo is October 15th and is open to the public.

We have rodeo clinics every Saturday 10:00 am to 12:30 pm with goat tying, roping, barrels, and poles. Call Libby Shackelford at 205-533-0432 for more information.


lbrlacysky Ms Libby