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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.
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
2014 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, Fort Worth, TX
- 1st - Walk/Trot Hunt Seat Equitation, 10 & Under
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.
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.
2014 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show, Fort Worth, TX
- 1st - Hunt Seat Equitation, 13-15
- 3rd - English Showmanship, 14-18
- 6th - Saddle Seat Equitation, 18 & Under
- 7th - Western Riding, 14-18
- 8th - Western Horsemanship, 13-15
- 10th - Bareback Horsemanship, 14-18
- 10th - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 18 & Under
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!
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.
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
* National Appaloosa Show
Apr 1, 2014 - Summer Camp
We are pleased to announce the dates for our annual Summer Camp. The 2014 Hands On Horse
Camp will be held July 28-August 1, 2014. Please see our Summer Camp page for more information.
Link: 2014 Hands On Horse Camp
Jan 1, 2014 - Show Calendar
Show Team Members, please review the Show Calendar and let Gayle know which shows you plan to attend.
Link: 2014 Show Schedule
February, 2014 - New Teams
Congratulations to our new horse and rider teams this year:
* Abby Bicknell and Call Me Hot
* Erin Madden and Sertainly a Star
* Kendall Brown and Black and White Mister
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