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 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 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 train dressage with his horse Aldi.

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 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!