Museum Leadership



Michael Fredrickson, Seat 8. Elected in 2016 - 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. Elected in 2018 - 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 has been lifelong. Mr. Hatley is married with two children and so far two grandchildren. Owner of Hatley Logging Company LLC 

Lynette Thompson, Seat 4. Elected in 2016 . At Large - Acting ApHC CEO
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 4 registered Appaloosas plus a share in the Appaloosa stallion Stolen Identity. 

Iola Hatley, Seat 3. Elected in 2016 
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, Elected 2017 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 starting working as the Executive Assistant at the Appaloosa Horse Club in July of 2016. She previously worked at the U of I Prichard Art Gallery as the Education Outreach Coordinator. 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.


Gaye Pierson, Seat 1, Elected 2018 - - 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 come full circle with her youngest daughter, Elaine Pierson, becoming the new Director of Marketing and Public Relations for The Appaloosa Horse Club. 

Steve Taylor, Seat 9
Mr. Taylor is the CEO of the Appaloosa Horse Club for the past 10 years; graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives. Also involved in leadership roles with the Idaho Horse Council, American Horse Council, National Pedigreed Livestock Council and Color Breeds Council. 

Juli Thorson, Seat 7. Elected in 2017
Juli Thorson is a retired magazine and book editor who grew up with Appaloosas and served as editor of Appaloosa News (now Appaloosa Journal) early in her career. She lives near Moscow, Idaho, and is a longtime board member and donor for the Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center.