Olson’s Tack Shop is proud to have the area’s most experienced
and friendly sales team available to assist our customers. The Olson’s
Team is composed of accomplished riders of all disciplines and
interests. This talented team of individuals combine to provide Olson’s
customers with outstanding customer service experience–fun, friendly,
and experienced sales associates with a wealth of knowledge who are
devoted to helping you find what you need every time you visit Olson’s
Olson’s Tack Shop owner, Michael Akers, has been an avid
horse-enthusiast since his early childhood. Growing up in Northern
Idaho, Mike began riding at a young age. From his early beginnings as a
dedicated Pony Club rider to his adult riding career in dressage, Mike
has always had a deep devotion to the equestrian sport. Mike joined
Olson’s Tack Shop as a sales employee in the mid-1990’s and was quickly
promoted to store manager. In 2003, Mike purchased Olson’s Tack Shop
from long time owner, Joyce Gilpin. Several years later, in 2006, Mike
purchased Bellevue-area tack store Mills Horse and Tack. Olson’s and
Mills were merged in 2007, to create the Northwest’s largest English
tack store! Outside of Olson’s, Mike enjoys spending time with his husband, Jason, and their three dogs, Oscar, Stewie, and Moe; he also
takes time out of his week to ride, enjoying both dressage and jumping
with his Oldenburg mare Isabeau.
Jason Weatherholtz joined the Olson’s Tack Shop team in
2003. His degree in Computer Science helps him manage the computer
network at Olson’s as well as many of the accounting responsibilities.
In his spare time he enjoys gardening, playing the piano, spending time
with friends, and going camping in his vintage Airstream Gladys. Mike
and Jason love to spend time with their three dogs and take them to work
Oscar is a fun-loving Weimaraner who joined Mike and
Jason’s family in 2011. Oscar loves spending his days at the store and
charms everyone with his personality. His sweet character captures
everyone’s heart! At home, he loves to run laps around the property and
get nice and dirty. Oscar, Moe and Stewie have become fast friends.
Stewie has quickly become one of Olson’s favorite mascots.
He can be found napping with Oscar and Moe in the office or working at
the horse shows with Mike. He loves making new friends in the store and
giving high-fives. He would love to meet you next time you’re in!
Moe is the newest Weimaraner addition to the Olson’s team!
He loves people and is always the first to jump up and greet everyone.
Moe, Oscar and Stewie quickly became best friends, and when they’re not
at the store they can often be found tearing around yard. Stop by the
office to meet Moe next time you’re in!
Isabeau is a much awaited member of the Akers-Weatherholts
family. She is an 11 year old Oldenburg mare who successfully evented
through Intermediate level before finding her way to Mike. She is a
fantastic mare with a level head and tons of personality. She spends
most of her days grazing in the pasture and being pampered by her
Lorraine got her start on a lifelong love of horses when
she attended the Farrel McWhirter pony camps as a kid. Pretty soon
nothing could separate her from her horses, and she joined Pony Club to
continue her riding education. Since then, Lorraine has dabbled in
every discipline she can including Dressage, Jumpers, Reining, and even
some Shire Driving! Her true love, however, is Eventing, and she has
the most fun bringing young horses up through the levels. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Equine
Science. When she’s not at the barn with her OTTB, Lorraine enjoys spending time with
her friends and family, and cuddling with her two cats.
Courtney has been riding for over 14 years and has
explored many disciplines such as Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, 3-Day
Eventing, Drill Teams, and Parade Performances. After experiencing a
variety of these disciplines she found her heart was truly in Dressage.
The past 5 years she has been a dedicated dressage rider with the
occasional trail ride, cow sorting, and reining horse activities.
Courtney has had the good fortune and assistance with many scholarships
that have enabled her to train with many great clinicians during her
years of riding. She take bits of information from each and every
clinician and trainer to make a program that bring success in her
riding. She loves sharing her passion and success with others and loves
to be supportive with the knowledge she possess. Courtney is also
Olson’s resident saddle fitter and enjoys finding the perfect saddle for
horse and rider.
Heather has been riding for over 20 years and has dabbled
in it all. She got her start driving draft horses with her dad on their
family farm in Redmond. Growing up in 4-H, she was able to try
everything from western pleasure to gaming, hunt seat, drill team, and
everything in between. She then joined Pony Club where she found her
true passion in jumping. After spending a few years eventing, she
settled in the hunter/jumper world and hasn’t looked back. Heather
loves working towards her goals while developing a strong bond with her
horse. Her first love is spending time at the barn, but also enjoys
baking, crafts, and spending time with family and friends.