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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 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

  • Juliette Bicknell


  • 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.

  • Bethany Czuba

    My name is Bethany and I have been riding horses since I was 7 years old. I started lessons at Hope Lock Farm in 2009 with Suzie.

    I took care of Bandit, one of the retired lesson horses for four years. He was very good with kids. I enjoyed doing showmanship with him, walking around the fields and grooming him. Sadly, Bandit passed last August and I miss him very much.

    I started riding Lucas in the lessons early on. I take care of Lucas now and cared for him when his back was injured. I also help with lessons and camp. I like to help others out (horses included) whenever I can! I also enjoy talking to the kids and helping them get ready to ride.

    My first lease was Rocky in March of 2012. This was the first horse that I managed on my own. I learned a lot about equipment, tacking up, and being responsible.

    I started leasing Burt in March of 2014 and I really enjoyed my time with him. I would have continued with him but I really wanted to be on the Hope Lock Show Team this year. For that I needed my own full-time horse. I kept bringing it up all summer and we made the family decision in October 2014 and Gayle started the search for me for my own horse.

    We took a trip with Gayle to Michigan to have our first look at Bea aka “Oughta Be A Breeze”. Bea is an 11 year old Appaloosa Mare and she is a Top 5 World Champion. It was a fun trip and great experience, we loved her instantly. It was very exciting when she arrived in December. Bea is a really cute and funny horse. I am looking forward to being a team with her and her forever friend.

    All of the years of working hard and practicing have all lead to this exciting moment to be part of the show team. I appreciate all the work Suzie did for me since I started at Hope Lock. I now look forward to the challenge of working with Gayle and the rest of the show team starting in 2015.

  • 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.

  • Sandy Lunden


  • Erin Madden

    My name is Erin Madden and I’m 12 years old. I pestered my parents by asking for riding lessons for almost a year. Finally, I wore them down and they let me come to the “Hands on Horses” camp here at Hope Lock for my 9th birthday present. I started lessons that fall and have been riding ever since. I joined the show team after two years of lessons and was leasing Thomas, aka Sirtainly A Star, for about nine months. He taught me a lot and I will always have soft spot for him. Things changed and Thomas had leg and hoof issues. I couldn’t ride him and we had to stop leasing him. So then Gayle wanted me to try out Kennedy. She had me on Kennedy in my lessons and if I came out early in the morning, I could ride Kennedy under Gayle’s supervision sometimes. Once I got used to her, I started riding her more and more often. Finally, Gayle decided that we could work together and then a couple weeks later (June 28th, 2014 to be specific), Kennedy became my forever horse. I was, and still am, so happy and so excited!!! I really love working with Kennedy (that’s her barn name; her show name is Gota Lota Fancy)-because it isn’t easy. It’s a fun challenge!

  • Ashley May


  • 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