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We thank the owners of our foals for taking the time to write us with these kind words. Please read below:


From the owner of Sir Dakota, 2015 colt out of EM Halleluja (Received October, 2015)

"Thank you for the great pictures. Your babies  have grown into some  fine looking  young horses and  I feel very honored  to own one"

Bob Susa, SD


From the owner of Wregal Chrome, 2014 colt out of EM Havannah (Received November, 2014)

"I am the proud owner of Wregal Chrome, my horse of a lifetime!
Cheryl and Eric clearly understand the value of time spent handling their foals. I found Hidden Acres website years ago, and was impressed by Cheryl's breeding program. I continued checking in every year to see the new crop of babies, until I could finally have one for myself. The foals are true quality, in bloodlines, good minds, and amazing ability. Cheryl was wonderful to work with, she made the process easy. It was a pleasure to meet her and the horses in person during our visit home this summer.
Thanks again Cheryl! I'm already dropping hints to my husband that I may need another one!"
Connie Workman, WA


From the owner of Wyleigh Princess, 2010 filly of EM Heiress (Posted on Facebook September 13, 2014)

"Heading to Wyleigh's Mare Performance Test. Can't believe it's been 5 years since I made the decision to search for my next ride. The path led me to Cheryl DeRoche Johnson and the tremendous Hanoverian breeding program that she and her great husband Eric have put together with their elite mares. As a weanling, Wyleigh went to Kevin and Ericka Reinig, where she had been ever since. Kevin developed a great partnership with her that won the Breed Show Region 7 Reserve and Champion awards. Ericka has done all the under saddle work and currently Wyleigh is 3rd in USDF Material standings with her last score an 81. Wyleigh has grown into everything I could have asked for up to this point. What a terrific birthday present!"

Ruth Shirkey, CA


From the owner of BOTH Dolceja HA and Royal Duchess HA (Received June, 2014)

I "purchased" both of the two foals Hidden Acres Farm produced in 2013. I was lucky fillies were born as Hidden Acres seems to produce mostly colts to date. I have looked for broodmares to add to my herd but didn't find what I wanted here in the USA and didn't want to incur the costs again for importing. DeNiro and Rotspon were sires of top stallions and premium broodmares that I have respected for a long time. I thank my loving husband for making this happen!"

Cheryl DeRoche Johnson, MI


From the owner of Wroyal Dancer (Received March, 2013)

"Dear Cheryl,

I think of you daily when I'm with my wonderful colt and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate him and you!

I decided to call him Wroyal, as he is just so regal and elegant; it just seemed to fit.

Wroyal has been nothing but a joy and love since he arrived at our farm in MA November 2012. The handling you did with him as a foal really has played out in such a positive way, thank you so much!!! He loves people, (including the vet and farrier) and is just so sensible in all that he's exposed to; he's a thinker. He will look a bit surprised at something new, but will just look; then walks toward it to check it out.

His movement is above and beyond exceptional! Everyone that visits our farm and sees him frolicking and playing with the mini-donkey's in the pasture stands breathless with jaws on the ground! He really is amazing to watch! So expressive; elastically graceful, and very powerful from behind; he's more then I could ask for!

I know we had fun joking about how quiet he was as a 4.5 month old when I came to your farm to see him; as I was looking for something with some activity and liveliness. Well, he has come into his own and is very lively, but yet controllable.

Wroyal is now 10 months old, 14.3 hands and a little over 800 lbs.. He is ALL legs! I've attached a photo and will send more as time goes on.

As you know when I originally called you; I was really looking for a 2.5 3 yr. old to ride right away. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have Wroyal in my barn and have the bonding time with him before I start backing him!

Thank you Cheryl for all the thoughtful preparation and planning you had to do to create such a beautiful animal!"

Karen Roberts, MD


From the owner of Fabio Auguste "Fame" (Received December, 2012)

"Hi Cheryl and Eric, Fame is doing super great! He's just perfect... At the barn they call him the old man because he's just so easy going. He's exactly what I wanted!!!
About my experience, I thought it was perfect! I wouldn't change a thing and for sure I will recommend you to everyone I know that might be looking for a horse :)"

Ann Lavigne, Canada


From the owner of Sir Highness (Received September, 2012)

(After a visit to our farm, first time seeing her colt in person)

"I wanted to tell you how pleased I was with Sir Highness.  He is everything I'd hoped he would be and more.  I was also very impressed with the quality of your mares" 

Patricia Deasy, FL


From the new owner of Donnalja Frederika (Received June, 2012)

"While looking for a dressage prospect I came across an ad in one of the warmblood sales sites for a 4 yr old Hanoverian Elite mare. The horse looked amazing on the videos and I immediately contacted the breeder, Cheryl Johnson from Hidden Acres Farm. She informed me that another party was already engaged but that she would keep me in mind. I kept pinging her and finally got word that I was now first in line ...

After reviewing the x-rays and all videos - I decided to purchase Donnalja. Cheryl assisted with everything and the transaction executed seamlessly within a couple of days. A week later I was the lucky recipient of a gorgeous black mare- who arrived tired but in excellent condition after a cross-country voyage from Michigan to Southern California.

Donnalja has fulfilled all my dreams so far- she is extremely gorgeous, has a wonderful temperament and personality and is a dream to ride. It is clear that the careful breeding program of Hidden Acres has produced a wonderful example of a modern sporthorse- well suited for an amateur.

I would highly recommend Hidden Acres Farm and their breeding program for anyone looking for a high quality prospect. They are a very professional and trustworthy source for excellent Hanoverians!"

Sabina DiSano, CA


From the owner of Wyleigh Princess by Weltmeyer out of Elite Mare Heiress (Received January, 2012)

"I would be pleased if you would include the language from the article in your website.  I am happy to be a referral for your breeding program."

Ruth Shirkey, CA

Here is what Ruth said in the Fall 2011 AHS Magazine article about Wyleigh Princess, who was 2011 Great American USDF Region 7 Yearling Champion. Ruth purchased Wyleigh "in-utero" from Hidden Acres Farm:  

"She is what I was hoping for in disposition from a baby, this was her first time at Murieta and she handled herself beautifully. It was her fourth time away from home and she was quite calm and relaxed. She really used her hind end (in the trot) and was sitting more. She has a beautiful walk and uses her whole body. I am very excited about what I am seeing in her canter too. I am also thrilled that the judges are seeing something that they like.  I am very interested in seeing how this filly turns out. I also want to breed her."



From the owner of Wroyal William H.A. by Weltmeyer out of Elite Mare Heiress (Received January, 2012) See also AHS Inspection comments.

"Having a lot of fun with William.  We are connected and he is attached to me....makes me smile.  Just love the guy. I usually do not let Aidan in with new babies on the farm, but with William, I have no problem letting him help groom.  Just such a kind, gentle soul. Our vet says he fits right in with the temperament we so desire for our farm."   

Kathy Judge, MI


Published in the Fall 2011 American Hanoverian Society Magazine (October, 2011) See also "in the Ribbons".

"High-scoring mare was Donnalja Frederika (Don Frederico- EM Radunja/Rosentau), owned by Cheryl and Eric Johnson of Hidden
Acres Farm, Adrian, Mich. Her final score was a 7.61. Her scores were uniformly strong throughout the test with an 8.0 for free jumping, 7.33 for her gaits under saddle, and a 7.5 for rideability. Our MPT winner Donnalja Frederika is now a well-deserved Elite Mare Candidate."

"Eight foals were presented for inspection and branding. The top foal of the day was a colt by Weltmeyer- EM Heiress B./His Highness, owned and bred by Cheryl and Eric Johnson. This colt was very impressive to watch with lots of forward, uphill

Meg Williams, Judge of the 2011 American Hanoverian Mare Performance Test and Mare and Foal Inspection in Michigan


From the owner of Shamrok Hit by Sandro Hit out of Elite Mare Halleluja (Received August, 2011)

"Thank you Hidden Acres Farm for the beautiful gift, Shamrok Hit. It was such a pleasure to do business with you.  Cheryl, you made everything so easy, and you were so helpful with any questions I had.  All your horses are amazing and I am definitely going to come back for another purchase one day! Thanks again".

Trudean Knight, Canada.


Purchaser of a Hotline colt; (Received March, 2011)

"It was an absolute pleasure working with Hidden Acres Farm and Owners Cheryl and Eric Johnson in selecting my foal. the Johnson's are extremely professional and knowledgeable breeders who have developed a very attractive breeding program. Compared to other breeders I have experienced, the Johnson's are attentive to what a buyer is looking for in a foal and not only take, but make, the time to answer all your questions and then some.

You will find the Johnson's very personable, unpretentious and well informed breeders. Purchasing a foal is a big decision and can be a very difficult decision. The Johnson's make the process both comfortable and right."

Robin Ranke, CA


From the Owner of Le Hot Shot by Londonderry o/o SPA/EM Radunja (Rosentau/Weltmeyer); (Received January 2011)

"Dear Cheryl,
Having many experiences in the process of purchasing horses, both good and bad, working with Hidden Acres Farm was a pleasure and a breath of fresh air.   All of the information you provided me with regarding his Sire and Dam was extremely valuable in our decision to purchase Le Hot Shot, especially as a weanling.  You made the entire purchase process so simple, and you always kept us well informed of his health and progress in his training in the two months between the purchase and his weaning. 
I will definitely be looking forward to purchasing more foals from Hidden Acres Farm in the future. "
Dawn Coffey, PA


From the Owner of Qrown Prince by Quaterback o/o EM Halleluja (His Highness/Rosentau); (Received November, 2010)

"I recently purchased a Quaterback colt from Eric and Cheryl Johnson of Hidden Acres Farm in Adrian, Michigan and I could not be more pleased with (a) the quality of the colt (he was named Champion colt at his large Hanoverian Inspection and the German Inspector stated that he should not be gelded for at least two years as he was definite stallion material, (b) the quality if the mares owned by Eric and Cheryl (two of them are sired by His Highness, the undisputed winner of the Hanoverian licensing in 2002 and celebrated in the press like no other Hanoverian Approval Champion before him and the third mare is by Rosentau by Rubenstein out of a Weltmeyer dam);  and (c) the quality of the sires chosen by the Johnsons (the 2010 foal crop was sired by Weltmeyer, Londonderry, and Quaterback, the best of the old and the new). 

Cheryl and Eric are very adroit at matching their mares to the best of the warmblood stallions, and their knowledge and dedication pays off.  At the Hanoverian Inspection in Michigan this past July, their foals won both Champion Colt and Champion Filly!  In addition to their expertise in and dedication to producing top Hanoverian sporthorses, the Johnsons take care to raise their foals with the best scientifically-analyzed nutrition and a lot of hands-on attention to make certain their young charges are ready to embark on careers for any type of owner. 

When I brought my weanling colt, Qrown Prince, to Hilltop Farm in Maryland for their Raising Services, their Director stated she was sure that the Johnsons did a good job at socializing my colt as she was familiar with them.  Lastly, Eric and Cheryl have been a pleasure to work with, always responding promptly and courteously to e-mails and phone calls.  They are so warm and friendly while being true professionals on top of their game.  I feel I have made friends for life and I highly recommend them to anyone considering purchasing a world class foal."

Deborah Gunset, NY


From Dr. Ludwig Christmann, as published on Page 29 of the 2010 AHS Fall Magazine; (Published October 2010)

"Cheryl and Eric Johnson both had really big smiles on their faces after the foal show. They were extremely successful, winning both the titles of top colt and top filly from three foals they presented. Winning was not easy this day, as there was really strong competition. Breeders here have really invested in quality broodmares and the foal crop showed that this concept pays off. Nine colts and four fillies were presented and the overall quality was very high. The top colt was by Quaterback out of EM Hallelujah H.A., by His Highness. He had tremendous presence combined with a very attractive type and good movement. He was the most complete package.

The top filly was bred out of another His Highness daughter, EM Heiress B, and sired by the legendary Weltmeyer, showing that his qualities are not going out of fashion. His daughter excelled with correct conformation, type and good gaits, and her walk deserves special mention."

Dr. Ludwig Christmann, Germany






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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