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Show Team Members

  • Grace Ackerson

    Gracie has been riding Appaloosa’s since she was 8 years old. Her first Appaloosa was a 6 year old mare Boldacious Hunter (Harriet) whom she took to the 2009 Youth World Show in Jackson, MS and earned the Reserve World Champion in Walk/Trot Hunt Seat Equitation as well as placings in all of her walk/trot events. She currently owns a 5 year old Appaloosa gelding, Hunting In Seattle(Seattle). She attended the 2011 Youth World Show in Tulsa, OK where she earned World Champion Hunt Seat Equitation, 12 & Under and Reserve World Champion English Showmanship, 13 & Under, as well as placing in the top 10 in other events. Gracie and Seattle compete in all English and Western youth events. She loves spending time with her horse and her barn friends.

  • Abigail Elizabeth Bicknell

    My name is Abigail Elizabeth Bicknell. I am 8 years old and I have been riding horses since 2010. My first real ride on a horse was with Misty, my grandmother's 13 year old Appaloosa. I loved it and I was hooked! I started at Hope Lock with the Hands on Horses Summer Camp. After that week I knew that horseback riding was for me. I started taking lessons once a week then I progressed to two lessons. I come to Hope Lock to ride every chance I get. I love Misty, she is my best friend. This will be my first year on the show team. I am very excited. I am so thankful for my grandmother for allowing me to show with Misty. I really love working with Gayle and the rest of the girls on the team

  • Kendall Brown

    My name is Kendall Paige Brown and I have been riding at Hope Lock since 2006. I started my love of horses and passion for riding in 2006 at the Hands on Horses Camp. This is when I feel in love with Bandit. I then took lessons with Susie on Lucas one of my favorite lesson horses. I continued lessons with Susie until 2009. My love for Hope Lock and the horses continued but I wanted more! This is when my parents and I decided to try the horse show scene. We started to lease and show "Rocky". Rocky and I were a team for 2 show seasons. My heart will always have a special place for Rocky but it was time for me to have my own horse. So October 2009 my parents and I purchased "Cody" Call Me Hot. 2012 will be our 3rd year on the show team and we are hoping to go to Nationals this year. Riding is my life and Cody is my love. Without Gayle and Hope Lock Farm I do not know if I would be as responsible, passionate and determined as I am today. If you have a love for horses I say try Hope Lock it means the world to me and will always be an important part of my past, present and future.

    2012 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show Results, Tulsa OK
    • 2nd - Saddle Seat Equitation, 18 & Under
    • 9th - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 18 & Under
  • Katie Butler

    Katie's love of horses started at the age of 3 when Gayle took her for a "pony ride" around the Hope Lock Farm property. Katie began taking lessons at Hope Lock Farm at the age of 7. After three years of lessons she received her first horse,"Sirtainly A Star" (aka Thomas) . Katie and Thomas reached 3rd nationally in Walk Trot trail and Hunt Seat Equitation. Katie retired Thomas in 2011 and recently became the proud owner of "Gota Lota Fancy" (aka Kennedy). Katie is looking forward to the 2013 show season with Kennedy and introducing Kennedy to her show circuit friends!

  • Allison Horn

    Alli has been riding horses since 2009. She always said, if I would ride, I would want to go fast. And that is what she did. Given the chance to ride a game horse one time and that was it. Love at first ride. Alli went on to lease that very special game horse named Jokers' Royal Touch and now owns him. While they may walk into the ring and look like they are half asleep, listen for that whistle and off they go, leaving others in their dust.

    Alli and Joker have competed in regional shows and in Youth Worlds and Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Together they have won many ribbons and love each other with a bond that can never be broken.

    "Well this is joker. He is the cutest thing in the world and does the absolute funniest things. He's my baby even though he is 6 years older than me. From neighing when he hears my spurs walk down the aisle to drinking iced tea from a water bottle, he will always put a smile on my face. I guess you could say we're a perfect match. :)"
    ~ Allison Horn

    2012 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show Results, Tulsa OK
    • 4th - Nez Perce Stake Race, 14-18
    2012 65th National Appaloosa Horse Show Results, Tulsa OK
    • 4th - Open Keyhole Race
    • 6th - Open Camas Prairie Stump Race
  • Elizabeth Horn

    Elizabeth (Izzy) started riding at Hands On Horse camp the summer of 2007. Horseback riding was her dream come true. In 2009 Izzy had the chance to lease her first horse Flashing Atitude aka Mable. Izzy and Mable were a champion pair from their first class. Earning many blue ribbons and 2 National Titles, they competed in many walk trot classes and attended the Youth Worlds Show in Jackson, Mississippi in 2010.

    Izzy currently owns an Appaloosa named Impulsive Twist aka Ollie. Together they are a match made in heaven. A day doesn't go by that they do not long to be together. In 2011 Izzy and Ollie won 3 belt buckles for their show performances. July of 2012 brought them a World Championship in Hunt Seat Equitation and High Point Equitation Rider and top ten placings in 7 other events at the Youth World's Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Izzy and Ollie compete in English, Western, Saddleseat, and Showmanship classes. When not showing, they enjoy spending time together grooming, riding, grazing, or just hanging out in the stall with each other's best friend for life.

    2012 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show Results, Tulsa OK
    • High-Point 18 & Under Equitation Rider
    • 1st - Hunt Seat Equitation, 12 & Under
    • 3rd - Bareback Horsemanship, 13 & Under
    • 4th - Western Pleasure, 12 & Under
    • 4th - Saddle Seat Equitation, 18 & Under
    • 4th - Western Horsemanship, 12 & Under
    • 7th - Trail, 12 & Under
    • 8th - Saddle Seat Equitation, 18 & Under
    • 9th - Hunter Under Saddle, 12 & Under
  • Sandra Lunden

    TBD

  • Erin Madden

    TBD

  • Mackenzie Marsh

    My name is Mackenzie and I am 15 years old. I have been riding with Hope Lock since 2008. I started riding as an English rider and leased a horse named Flash for 2 years who I showed English and western. Although I loved Flash I did not love the type of riding we were doing. I decided to talk to my trainer and tell her how I wasn't happy with the discipline that Flash and I did. Gayle worked with me to figure out what I wanted to do and that is when I found my love for the games events, Flash was not a games horse so that's when Gayle and I found my horse Mojo who I now own. Mojo was very green at gaming and so was I. It has taken a lot of ups and downs to work with Mojo and create an amazing bond with him. Mojo has taught me so much from patience to love. It has taken time for us to become one because he is a very powerful horse and I was only a little girl, now as I become a more experienced ride Mojo and I are becoming hard to beat in the show ring. My advise to anyone who needs a pep talk is "you wont get anywhere if you don't put your all in. I owe all my thanks to Gayle for being the best trainer as well as best role model I've ever had my riding career would not be successful if I didn't have her by my side.


  • Ashley May

    TBD

  • Lori Tucker

    Lori has had a love for horses since she was a little girl. As a child she participated in the local 4H and owned a POA named, Reichel's Honey & Licorice or "Honey".

    As an adult, with the support and encouragement from her husband, Brad and almost grown daughters', Sarah and Marissa, she began leasing and riding for exercise and enjoyment. It didn't take much for them to convince her to try her hand in the show ring. For a brief period she leased a well-known, veteran Appaloosa show horse, Ima Shady Cloud, aka Andy, who introduced her to the Appaloosa show circuit and successful, trainer Gayle Matson-Kozak.

    Recently, Lori was matched with an Appaloosa of her own, Invitation To Win, aka DJ . As a member of the Hope Lock show team, Lori and DJ enjoy participating in Showmanship, Trail, Hunt Seat and Western Equitation and Western Pleasure.

    Thanks to all who have shared their knowledge and support.

    * Delaware Appaloosa Horse Association - High Point Novice Non Pro and High Point NonPro 35 and over
    * Keystone Appaloosa - High Point Novice NonPro
    * Western Massachusetts Appaloosa Association - High Point Novice NonPro
    * National Appaloosa Show

    2012 65th National Appaloosa Horse Show Results, Tulsa OK
    • 4th - Novice Hunt Seat Equitation
    • 8th - Novice Showmanship
    • 10th - Novice Western Pleasure
    2012 World Appaloosa Horse Show Results, Fort Woth, TX
    • 2nd - Novice Showmanship