Meet Our Team

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 Tack Shop!





Mike Akers

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.
Mike and his niece, Ryan, riding the star of the Disney movie Secretariat.



Jason Weatherholtz

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 each day.



Oscar

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

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

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

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 people. Welcome to the family Isabeau!




Lorraine Johnston

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, Lorraine enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and cuddling with her two cats Martin and Jimmy.




Courtney Dale

Courtney Dale 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 Larson

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.