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About Hidden Acres

May Your Dreams Come True with the Purchase of a Horse from Hidden Acres!

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The Location

Hidden Acres is a family run breeding farm located on 85 acres in Southeast Michigan. Please see below for the directions on how to get to our farm.

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The Breeders

Hidden Acres is owned and operated by Eric Johnson and Cheryl DeRoche Johnson.


Eric is the role model for being a "horsie" husband and farm manager. Eric brings to Hidden Acres his childhood experiences of working the family dairy farm in Wisconsin as well as his many years of marketing, sales and business management at various companies. Community service has always been important to Eric. He has served as a volunteer fireman for the Adrian Township Fire Department and has dedicated 15 years to the Boy Scouts in various leadership roles. Eric attended Northwestern University and achieved Michigan Firefighter I and II certifications.


L- R; Cheryl and Gallant Performer, Cheryl as young rider; Cheryl and Harry (aka MidFlght) her first love and Happy Day Stables, Norridge, IL where it all began!

Cheryl has been involved with horses since 1961 and has been a member of AHS since 2002. In her youth she competed on the "A" hunter and jumper circuit and participated as a rider in the Junior Olympics held in Chicago. Later Cheryl taught young riders and rode and competed in three day eventing and dressage. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Illinois State University and attended Roosevelt University for her post graduate education to attain an MBA. Cheryl holds the designations of “Master Certified Mortgage Banker” and “Six Sigma Green Belt” .

Cheryl's love of the Hanoverian breed developed during her years of balancing a career, a family and always riding someone else's "problem". Cheryl's research indicated that the heritage of breeding principals that encompass the Hanoverians provided the perfect foundation for breeding talented equine sport partners.


Cheryl and Eric have a proven record of breeding, marketing and selling 2-4 foals each year. In addition, they have successfully managed the raising, training, breeding and Mare Performance Test participation of several home-bred fillies that subsequently achieved “Elite Mare” status and became a part of the Hidden Acres "Elite" broodmare herd.


Cheryl and Eric have both attended the Hanoverian Breed Orientation Course and have traveled to Germany to research stallions and bloodlines. Cheryl and Eric continue to participate in many breeding, showing, riding and natural horsemanship clinics as well as having attended courses from Michigan State University, the American Hanoverian Society and other venues regarding the Hanoverian breed, equine health and reproduction. Eric and Cheryl are members of the American Hanoverian Society (AHS), the United States Dressage Federation (USDF), the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), and the Great Lakes Dressage Club (GLDC).



Eric and Cheryl are the proud parents of three sons who are successfully pursuing their diverse career choices of home construction, mortgage banking and property engineering/management. We are proud to say (and thankful) our sons returned safely from the Iraq War where they served their country in the US Navy and the US Marines.

And.. yes case you wondered, we are also proud parents of a U of M Alumni. GO BLUE!

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The Mission

Hidden Acres' mission is to breed top quality Hanoverian horses for dressage with a harmonious balance of talent in jumping.

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The Mares

Most breeders concentrate on the stallions, however, Hidden Acres stands by the basic premise that: "You don't have anything if you don't have the mares".

Our mares were carefully selected and purchased based on the priorities of bloodlines, temperament, conformation and movement. We look for top bloodlines and performance scores when selecting compatible stallions for our "Ladies".

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The Foal Training and Care

Our foals are handled extensively and given a tremendous amount of loving care and training. We spend daily time desensitizing them and putting them through "big horse" activities, i.e. standing, tying, trailering, bathing, and clipping. We utilize natural horsemanship techniques.

Our foals, experience life in the pasture as well as being in a stall at night where they are protected from the elements of nature and the Michigan weather and insect population! They are always handled at least twice daily with emphasis on respectful human bonding and general ground manners. Our foals learn to travel in a trailer and experience new surroundings at a very early age as they accompany their moms to and from the reproduction clinic for repeat breedings.

We grow and harvest 15 acres of our own hay. The forage is professionally analyzed annually after each cutting to determine its nutritional content. We then provide pelleted feed to supplement the minerals that may be lacking. This combined (forage and pellets) scientifically balanced diet provides the proper nutrients needed in growing young horses. Conscious of the nutritional needs of warmbloods, a special emphasis is made to assure our foals do not grow too fast or become overweight.

Horse socialization is also important to us. Because we are a small breeding farm with a limited amount of foals arriving each year, as needed, we arrange for foals from other breeders to be raised with our babies. We feel foals should grow up with foals to learn proper behavior.

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The Directions to Hidden Acres Farm


Chicago, IL

Take I 94 east bound towards Detroit, Stay on I 94 to Jackson Exit 142, Route 127 South towards Hudson.

Take Route 127 South approximately 10 miles to Route 12 and turn LEFT

Take Route 12 approximately 7 miles to Route 50 and turn Right.

Take Route 50 approximately 5 miles to Pentecost Highway and turn Right.

Pentecost Highway turns into Wolf Creek Highway at Shepard Road. Remain on Wolf Creek for another 2 miles to 3975 Wolf Creek Highway and turn LEFT into driveway.

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Detroit, MI

Take I 94 west bound towards Chicago. Exit on Route 12 (Michigan Avenue) towards Saline.

Remain on Route 12 for approximately 16 miles to Route 52 and turn LEFT

Remain on Route 52 for approximately 7 miles to Shepard Road and turn RIGHT.

Remain on Shepard Road for approximately 5.5 miles to Pentecost Highway and turn LEFT.

Pentecost Highway now becomes Wolf Creek Highway. Remain on Wolf Creek Highway for approximately 2 miles to 3975 Wolf Creek Highway and turn LEFT into driveway.

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Toledo, OH

Take Route 23 North towards Ann Arbor to Route 223 (Exit #5) and turn LEFT towards Adrian.

Take Route 223 through Adrian to Wolf Creek Highway and turn RIGHT.

Take Wolf Creek Highway approximately 2 miles to Hunt Road (dead end) and turn LEFT.

Take Hunt Road approximately 1 mile to Wolf Creek Highway (starts up again) and turn RIGHT.

Take Wolf Creek Highway approximately 1 mile to 3975 Wolf Creek Highway and turn RIGHT into drive.

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Fort Wayne, IN

Take I 69 North towards Lansing to Route 20 and go East .

Take Route 20 east to Route 127 and turn LEFT or North.

Take 127 to Route 34 and turn RIGHT or East.

Take Route 34 to Sand Creek Highway and turn LEFT or North.

Take Sand Creek Highway past Route 223 and it now becomes Wolf Creek Highway.

Take Wolf Creek Highway approximately 2 miles to Hunt Road (dead end) and turn LEFT.

Take Hunt Road approximately 1 mile to Wolf Creek Highway (starts up again) and turn RIGHT.

Take Wolf Creek Highway to 3975 Wolf Creek Highway and turn RIGHT into drive.

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Have Questions?

If you have any questions contact Hanoverian Breeders: Eric and Cheryl Johnson. Our contact information is below.

Hidden Acres Farm, LLC
3975 Wolf Creek Highway, Adrian, MI 49221
Cheryl: 517-673-2386
e-mail: Cheryl@HiddenAcresFarm.Net


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