Gayle Matson-Kozak - Owner, Instructor, Trainer
Gayle Matson-Kozak is a fully accredited riding instructor with
over 35 years of experience teaching and caring for horses. Gayle
enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge with others. Her
background is very diversified starting with 4-H, trail riding,
showing locally, for many years staring and showing young horses
for clients, hunters and dressage at college, riding and showing
saddleseat. At the present time Gayle chooses to not participate in
showing herself but enjoys preparing clients horses for them to
show and being there for them and to assist them with their showing
needs. She loves to learn and is constantly furthering her
education in her field. Gayle enjoys the variation of different
disciplines thus her reason for teaching and "all around" training
facility. Gayle holds an ApHC judging card and judges horse shows
throughout the US and Canada. Students of Hope Lock have been
successful in the show ring earning National and World titles as
well as year end titles in many different events. Beyond their life
with Hope Lock students have gone on with their own careers
teaching and training as well as other careers. Gayle's most
treasured moments are those of bringing a student and their horse
together as a team.
Susie Arnold - Instructor
Susie Arnold grew up riding and showing at Hope Lock Farm under
Gayle with her horse, Zip-N-Country. She has been teaching riding
lessons at Hope Lock Farm for over 15 years. She graduated from
Delaware Valley College with a degree in Large Animal Science and
worked full-time at Hope Lock for several years before pursuing a
career as a classroom teacher. She has a Masters Degree in
Education from DeSales University and currently teaches middle
school science at St. John Vianney Regional School in
Susie enjoys sharing her passion for horses with her students.
She finds it most rewarding to watch her students grow into not
only good riders, but good horsemen and horsewomen who develop a
relationship with the animals that they care for.
Rachel - Instructor
Jan 1, 2017 - Show Calendar
Show Team Members, please review the Show Calendar and let Gayle know which shows you plan to attend.
Link: 2017 Show Schedule
Apr 1, 2017 - Summer Camp
We are pleased to announce the dates for our annual Summer Camp. The 2017 Hands On Horse
Camp will be held July 17 - July 21, 2017. Please see our Summer Camp page for more information.
Link: 2017 Hands On Horse Camp
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
To ride a horse is to ride the sky.
I can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that, my art is not above the ordinary.
Do you take lessons with Susie? Do you want to show your friends a picture of the horse
you ride every weekend? Checkout the Lesson Horses page.
Link: Our Lesson Horses