Museum Leadership



Michael Fredrickson, Seat 8 - President
Mr. Fredrickson is the owner of a ranch & farm operation in the Moscow, ID area with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Josie. Horses have always been a major part of his life. Over the years, he has rediscovered his passion for horses and in doing so have observed the different methods used by riders in their training of their horses. “The methods that I teach are those that build trust, communication and education for the rider to create a ‘willing partner’ with their horse. Mr. Fredrickon studied with Richard Shrake and his Resistance Free methods for many years and is a certified trainer of his methods. “I welcome all students who want to learn or improve their riding skills through methods of respecting the horse and his abilities. My goal is to be the catalyst for all those who love horses and want the best for them.” 

Craig Hatley, Seat 2 - Vice President 
John Craig Hatley, born 6-18-1955. Son of George and Iola Hatley. Great Grandson of Riley Hatley who homesteaded in the Palouse country in 1877. Great Grandnephew of Nineva Hatley who fought in the Nez Perce war of 1877.  "Due to my family history, my interest in the Appaloosa Horse and the Nez Perce Tribe, my involvement in preserving local history is important to me." Mr. Hatley is married with two children and so far two grandchildren. Owner of Hatley Logging Company LLC 

Iola Hatley, Seat 3
Iola Hatley has served on the Museum Board of Directors from 1975 to the present and she currently serves as secretary. Ms. Hatley’s involvement with the ApHC dates back to 1947 when she began working as a secretary for the organization, a position she held for 31 years. Ms. Hatley is retired.

Seat 5. vacant


Lauren McCleary, Seat 6 Treasurer

Lauren lives in Moscow with her husband, David, and her two young boys, Felix and Finn. She was born and raised in Colorado, and moved to the area in 2007 to earn her Masters degree in Fine Art from Washington State University. Lauren worked as the Executive Assistant at the Appaloosa Horse Club from 2013 to 2016 and is now the Professor of Art Education at the University of Idaho. Alongside art, horses have always been a major passion in her life. She grew up taking lessons and showing Hunter Jumpers. The Appaloosa Horse Museum has been a favorite spot since she first arrived on the Palouse and she believes it is an important cultural venue for the Palouse region.  

Elaine Pierson, Seat 7
Elaine grew up in eastern Washington on a wheat farm, riding and showing Appaloosa horses as long as she can remember. She graduated from Washington State University in 2017 with a major in marketing and minor in hospitality business management. Elaine worked as the Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the Appaloosa Horse Club for two years. She is now pursuing her Masters of Business Administration online through WSU and working at a local brewery, looking towards an entrepreneurial career in the hospitality industry.

 Gaye Pierson, Seat 1 - Secretary
Gaye is a fourth generation wheat farmer from Connell, WA. She is a graduate of Washington State University with a business degree in marketing and a minor in art. Gaye’s father bought her first Appaloosa when she was 11, a mare in foal with a breed back.  All these years later, she still owns and loves Appys!  She and her husband, John, raised their three daughters on the farm, riding and showing Appaloosas. Her life-long love of horses and especially Appaloosas has encouraged her to be an enthusiastic supporter of the ApHC and the Appaloosa Museum.

Steve Taylor, Seat 9
Mr. Taylor retired from his position as the CEO of the Appaloosa Horse Club after serving for 13 years. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives. Steve was also involved in leadership roles with the Idaho Horse Council, American Horse Council, National Pedigreed Livestock Council and Color Breeds Council. 

Lynette Thompson, Seat 4 At Large - Executive Secretary, ApHC
Lynette was born, raised and educated on the Palouse hills of eastern Washington. Her father bought first Appaloosa, a solid but registered gelding, when she turned 13. She has owned Appaloosas ever since. Lynette has served as a Director of the Appaloosa Horse Club since 2008 and has served on the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center Board of Directors for the past 19 years, serving as Treasurer for the past 17 years. She and her husband William, a retired 20-year Army veteran live in Garfield, WA, and presently own 3 registered Appaloosas plus an interest in the Appaloosa stallion Stolen Identity.