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 an outstanding customer service experience. We have 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!
Lorraine got her start on a lifelong love of horses when
she attended the Redmond 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 before aging out at the B level. Since then, Lorraine has dabbled in
every discipline she can including Eventing, Dressage, Jumpers, Reining, and even
some Shire Driving! She graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a degree in Equine
Science/ Business before moving back to he true love the Pacific Northwest and starting at Olson's in 2012. A few years ago she bought an amazing OTTB gelding directly off the track and has been thoroughly enjoying working with him and helping him make the transition to dressage life.When she’s not at the barn, Lorraine enjoys spending time with
her friends and family, and cuddling with her two cats.
Courtney has been riding for over 18 years and has explored many disciplines such as Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, 3-Day Eventing, Drill Teams, Cow Sorting, and Parade Performances. 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.
Taylor received her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science with a focus on Equine Science at Montana State University. She was certified as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist by Equissage International Inc. in 2017 and is now the proud owner of Equine Renewal Therapy, LLC. She has been riding for 14 years, taking a break at present, but can't wait to get back in the saddle! Her current companion is her Anatolian Shepard mix who is quite the character and loves cuddle time in the evenings. In her spare time she paints, kayaks, hikes, spends quality time with her family, and practices archery. We could not be more excited to have Taylor as a member of the Olson's team!
Chris began riding Hunters at the age of 9 and continued riding and competing until graduating from high school. She is a Washington state native, and wife and mother of two adult children. She returned to riding in the 90's, picking up the discipline of Eventing. She retired from horses 5 years ago and has been fortunate to find a small place here on the Olson's Team! The years she spent away from horses were spent raising a family, working as a dental assistant, training and competing her dogs in Agility, training and competing in powerlifting and bodybuilding, as well as working on gourmet cooking and baking, gardening and home remodeling. She also spent a couple years as a member of the Olson's Team, alongside Mike, when it was owned and run by Joyce Gilpin. She hopes to remain a part of the team until they put her out to pasture!