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

Blue Award Ribbons

Summer Horse Fun

Happy Summer!  We’ve had such a fun summer at Carousel O Breeds with so much going on with our horse-loving kids.  I want to give you a summer news update of what’s been happening:

Blue Award RibbonsWe had a great group of kids compete at the Alabama 4-H Show in Montgomery, Alabama, in July.  Here is a list of the Carousel O Breeds winners:

  • MacKenzie Mcquire riding Radical Tiger
    • 1st Freestyle Dressage Mackenzie Mcquire
MacKenzie Mcquire and dad, Chris


  • Cate Dawson riding Durango
    • 1st in Boxing
    • top ten in Artwork and Photos
Cate Dawson
Cate Dawson and dad, Chip


  • Sky Cofer riding Bo
    • 2nd in Horse Judging
    • 1st Senior Team Demo
    • 2nd Arena Race Senior
    • 2nd Barrels Senior
    • 3rd Ranch Trail
    • 2nd Senior Ranch Riding
    • 1st Senior Boxing
    • Reserve High Point Ranch Division
  • Joy Owenby riding Peanut
    • 1st Senior Team Demo
    • 3rd Saddleseat Showmanship
    • 3rd Saddleseat Non Trotting Pleasure
    • 4th.Saddleseat Trail
    • 5th Saddleseat Non Trotting Geldings
Joy Owenby
Joy Owenby and dad, Randy


And from our 4-H Horse Club, here are the winners:

  • Kristina Howse
    • 2nd Senior Individual Demo
    • 2nd Saddle Seat Mares
    • Reserve Champion Saddle Seat Mares
    • 1st Senior Photography
    • 1st Senior Artistic Expression
    • 5th Saddle Seat Trail
    • 7th Saddle Seat Non Trotting Pleasure
Kristina Howse Photo
Kristina Howse Photo


On July 27, we are leaving for The Southern Regional Championship Show held in Perry, Georgia. Wish these competitors luck:

  • Sky Cofer
  • Joy Owenby
  • Cate Dawson

Big congratulations go out to these hard-working young riders, as well as thanks to their parents for letting us work with them to develop true horsemen!  I am proud of y’all!!! State 4-H Show Boxing 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.

MsLibbySignature Hillock Farm Barn

Shelby County 4-H Horse Club To Tour Hillock Farm Hillock Farm Barn
Hillock Farm Barn
Photo Credit: Southern Horse Talk

On May 2, 2016, at 5:30 pm, the Shelby County 4-H Horse Club will tour the barn and property at Hillock Farm in Calera, Alabama.  Ms. Libby has been a leader of the Horse Club for many years, supporting and developing kids in the ag and equine lifestyle.  Outings like this help the children realize what goes in to running an equine business and gives them insight for future ag-based careers.

For information about joining the Shelby County 4-H Horse Club or about riding lessons at Carousel O Breeds Farm, call Libby Shackelford at 205-533-0432. Dressage Arena at Hillock Farm
Outdoor Mirrored Dressage Arena at Hillock Farm
Photo Credit: Southern Horse Talk