"After seeing too many inappropriate horses, I realized you buy the seller along with the horse. Two horse friends independently suggested Ali Shackelford. They told me she was honest, had a barnful of lovely horses and cared more about the right match than making the sale."
Jody Jaffe owner of Katie, showing as "Extra!Extra!"
I am so happy I decided to send my young horse to Hidden Hill Farm to be started. Ali and Amy cared for my baby like he was their own. They tailored their training program towards my future goals and my horse's needs. I was able to visit several times and watch training sessions. I am confident their training methods have given my horse a solid foundation with no "quick fixes" or tricks that won't last. Amy and Ali were kind enough to even let me lesson on my horse for no additional charges to help me learn with my horse.
The facility is in a beautiful location and my horse was always happy and clean every time I saw him. I've had my horse since he was a day old and the thought of sending him away was so nerve racking but I had such peace of mind knowing he was happy, healthy, and in good hands at HHF. My boy has been home for about a month now and I have loved every single ride so far. I can't thank Ali and Amy enough.
I wasn't ready to purchase a horse, but I found? Hidden Hill's Remington Hill aka Spot on a website. I was in NJ and he was in NC; it felt like a long shot. I reached out to Alisa Shackelford and she was responsive and accommodating. She spoke to my trainer and was so helpful in arranging veterinarian and shipping.
Most importantly though, she was honest! She was forthcoming with his strengths and weaknesses. ?She provided this baby horse with a solid foundation and a few weeks later he's everything she said he was and more. I spoke to my trainer Genna Centolanza of Brookside Show Stable and she whole heartedly agrees. Spot is one her favorite baby horses in her program.
Her pricing is fair and flexible. I would recommend anyone horse shopping near or far to checkout her page and see what's available.
Shana E. Russo
Madison is the best horse I could ask for. The judges and trainers love her too!
After trying horses at several sale barns, I was starting to lose hope of finding my dream horse. I had already convinced myself to do jumpers because I thought we could never afford a fancy hunter. Then I met Ali along with her fantastic staff at Hidden Hill Farm. When I first met her, I immediately knew she was different. She took her time to really get to know me and what my goals were. I was even more surprised when she took me to pet all of the horses I was going to try, and I had a blast meeting all of the babies too! I was very impressed with the horses I rode. The quality of each horse exceeded my expectations because not only were they flashy hunters, but they had incredible minds and dispositions too. Then I met Madison,a junior hunter, and she was stunning. I jumped my first ever 3' 6" course on her, and although I made mistakes and missed my distances she never let me down and jumped every single jump. Madison was the exact horse I dreamed I would have ever since I was little. When we purchased her, I still could not believe she was mine, and I still can not believe she is mine now. She continues to impress me every time I ride and show her. When we show people ask us where we got her from, and I am proud to say Hidden Hill Farm. Thank you Ali, for helping me find my new teammate and my perfect match. I can't wait for what we will accomplish!
Alpines Phoebe (Phoebe) was amazing this weekend she was champion at her first show in baby greens big thanks to my wonderful trainer Leslie Janiak, and thanks Alisa Shackelford for raising such and amazing baby!!
We had a wonderful time visiting and trying all of the wonderful prospects at Hidden Hill Farm, but one little mare stood out in particular. Although Evelyn was only 4 years old when we took her home, she learned incredibly quickly. She had natural lead changes and is never afraid of any fences. In fact, she takes me eagerly to each one. Her first showing year, she was consistently in the ribbons, and is always excited to learn new things and jump new courses and jumps. On top of her natural athleticism and champion ability, she has the sweetest personality of any horse I've ever been around. She is truly the best horse I have ever ridden or even met, and I will never forget her. I know that she has the potential to go as high, fast, and clean as anyone could ever ask. Thank you so much Ali, for giving me such a wonderful companion and competitive partner.
"Best horse on the planet!"
From "Mary Stacy Beaman Thorton", who purchased Foster - now showing in the A/O's as Pumped Up Kicks.
"He is my forever horse. I can not thank Ali enough for bringing such a wonderful horse into my life. I love him more than I ever thought I could love anything and Iím so excited to see what we accomplish in the future." Read more...
Owner of Frisco aka "Testarosa"
There is no one out there like Ali Shackelford. We saw 18 horses and only one was in our state. When my trainer said Ali sounds like the real deal, I didn't know what an understatement that would prove to be. She is quietly setting a new standard in the horse industry. Of course she is professional and honest and fair but it is more than all that. I would say she has mastered the art of matching horse and rider.She is incredibly accurate in her descriptions of the horses, and in listening to what you are looking for. She really puts her whole heart into both her horses, and her clients. Hidden hills was worth the 12 hour drive.
(Gloria Benoit's mother)
owner of Rocket Man
She is not only a beautiful mover and jumper but she also has the most inquisitive and loving personality! We are so blessed to have Alpine's Magnolia (Izzy) in our family and can't wait to see Nicki and Izzy shine in the hunter ring. I know she will bring honor to her lineage. We are in no rush-when the time comes we will all be ready! Thank you Alisa Shackelford for this amazing horse.
I just tell the truth. Would love to do more business with you. You have nice, quality animals with good backgrounds, accurate prices, and you are honest about what they need. I will always have nothing but nice things to say about you.
trainer of Udocrenz
I love your excellent quality and many terrific choices in the horses you have available. Most of all I loved your hands on approach to each and every one of your horses socialization and early training. We couldn't be happier with the performance and personality of our beautiful mare we purchased from HHF. I will be happy to share my positive experience purchasing from HHF! I will be available to potential customers to contact with any questions about quality of horses and experience of doing business with you.
We had a great experience and would come back to buy more!!
I highly recommend Ali and her staff at Hidden Hill Farms to anyone who is looking for a new horse. I had the time of my life in North Carolina riding all of Aliís fabulous horses at Hidden Hillís breathtaking facility. The level of hospitality and professionalism that everyone at HHF operates on is simply unbeatable. We were able to close the sale on my new horse very promptly, due to Aliís constant availability and assistance with everything from setting up the pre-purchase to transport for the horse to Texas. My mare, Alpineís Violet, is a prime example of the top-quality breeding, training, and care at HHF. She is the easiest baby I have ever sat on and is exceptionally brave and smart, not to mention incredibly scopey and fancy. I have never clicked with a horse so quickly as I have with Violet, thanks to Aliís incredible eye for a great match. I am looking forward to starting Violet and I Ďs show career in the Childrenís Hunters this year, with plans to move up to the Junior Hunters and Big Eq next year and hopefully International Derbies someday. My family and I would do business with Ali again in a heartbeat and I know for certain that my next horse will also be purchased from her. Thanks again to everyone at HHF for all of your assistance and for breeding, raising, and training such amazing horses.
I cannot thank Ali enough for introducing Reggae and I. He was the only horse that I tried at Hidden Hill Farm, and fitting with past testimonials, he was the perfect fit from the get go. Now, it is seven years later and we are still growing together. He has gracefully walked with me into new riding experiences and he continues to surprise me every day. Reggae is constantly trying to please and is such a gem to work with. His kind eyes and heart have won over many people in the state of Montana. The only shame is that you're over 2000 miles away and I cannot send more people your direction. I am so lucky to be able to enjoy this horse every day and cannot wait to see what else the future holds!
owner of Reggae by Radjah Z
""Her Boy Wonder "2013 USEF Horse of the Year AO Hunter 36 & O"
Points are final. I just wanted to give you a HUGE thank you for selling this wonderful boy to me! You were so right he is the perfect AO horse. I thought it was a bold statement when you said it, but I understand now. He jumps so well he can jump us out of any bad spot I get us into! I can never tell you how much I appreciate this opportunity and without you I would never have had it. Thank You thank you! Oh, did I say thank you?"
Ripley was one of the best horses I have ever had- by far! He never failed to put a smile on my face, even on some of the toughest days.
After looking at many horses, HHF was one of the few places that had what we were looking for. It was a relief to find a place that had the same beliefs that I have when it comes to training a horse. We recently had to sell Ripley since Im going away to college, and it broke my heart. If I ever have the opportunity to buy him back, I will do it in a heartbeat. I have to thank Ali for giving me the opportunity to have such a wonderful horse. She can expect me sometime in the future for another one!
Morgan Hoke and "Ready or Not"
Spencer is hands down one of the nicest horses I've ever had the pleasure of owning, riding or evening being around. He has the sweetest personality, and everyone that knows him loves him to pieces. He'll do whatever you ask him to, happily! He got 4 firsts at his first show ever, and the judge even stopped me when I was done showing to compliment me on his movement and his expression. He's overall just a gem and he has found his forever home! We're so happy we found him. You guys are great!
She was a super star!!! She's the best horse I could've asked for!
Halley and Cole went together to the first show this weekend and they had a fabulous time. They won the hack and he had ribbons in all but 1 over fence class. We cannot tell you how much we are enjoying our boy.
Halley and Denise Guptil
I've had many horses throughout my life, and never have I developed such a strong relationship with one as I have with Ricky. I have never met such a charismatic horse, and I feel that is reflective of how he was raised. His charm and character is translated into his performance; he always seems to leave a positive lasting impression on people. A former Olympic rider once told me during a clinic, "This horse has talent. You'll never have to worry about a thing." That is a perfect description of how I feel competing in jumpers, equitation or hunters with Ricky. He can win in all three rings. I didn't have this intention when I first got Ricky, but I now can say that he has a forever home with me.
Thank you Ali!
Cole finished the year as Reserve Champion in Baby Greens. We are so happy with our guy. He competed for the first time in a grass ring at finals with George Morris judging (you can see him in the box). We had only schooled him on grass one time previous to that weekend. He is so brave now for Halley, it's wonderful to watch him grow up and mature.
This mare has been a gem since day one! Having just turned five, Luna came to us with the most gentle, kind soul. She is brave, smart, athletic and so willing. She and Kenzie, just 12 at the time clicked right away. We would have a barn full if we could!
I just want to thank you for all of your help and guidance in finding the perfect young mare to join our family. Alpines Finest Hour is all that you promised and more. She is sweet, sound minded and willing. My daughter and I are already in love with her. I am very excited to see how her first show season will go.
There was something about our correspondence (and your patience) over the weeks and eventually months that led me to feel like I could put my trust in you. Purchasing a horse without meeting her and seeing her first hand was pretty scary and I am happy to say that my anticipation and fears are now put to rest. I will plan any future cross country purchases through you and Hidden Hill Farm.
I will keep you updated on Ella/Alpines Finest Hour and her show career on the West Coast!
Amy and Skylar Wagner
San Diego, CA