Gayle Matson-Kozak - Owner, Instructor, Trainer
Gayle Matson-Kozak is a fully accredited riding instructor with
over 35 years of experience teaching and caring for horses. Gayle
enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge with others. Her
background is very diversified starting with 4-H, trail riding,
showing locally, for many years staring and showing young horses
for clients, hunters and dressage at college, riding and showing
saddleseat. At the present time Gayle chooses to not participate in
showing herself but enjoys preparing clients horses for them to
show and being there for them and to assist them with their showing
needs. She loves to learn and is constantly furthering her
education in her field. Gayle enjoys the variation of different
disciplines thus her reason for teaching and "all around" training
facility. Gayle holds an ApHC judging card and judges horse shows
throughout the US and Canada. Students of Hope Lock have been
successful in the show ring earning National and World titles as
well as year end titles in many different events. Beyond their life
with Hope Lock students have gone on with their own careers
teaching and training as well as other careers. Gayle's most
treasured moments are those of bringing a student and their horse
together as a team.
Susie Arnold - Instructor
Susie Arnold grew up riding and showing at Hope Lock Farm under
Gayle with her horse, Zip-N-Country. She has been teaching riding
lessons at Hope Lock Farm for over 15 years. She graduated from
Delaware Valley College with a degree in Large Animal Science and
worked full-time at Hope Lock for several years before pursuing a
career as a classroom teacher. She has a Masters Degree in
Education from DeSales University and currently teaches middle
school science at St. John Vianney Regional School in
Susie enjoys sharing her passion for horses with her students.
She finds it most rewarding to watch her students grow into not
only good riders, but good horsemen and horsewomen who develop a
relationship with the animals that they care for.
Kelsey Weingartner - Instructor
My name is Kelsey Weingartner and I have been riding at Hope
Lock Farm for 8 years and have loved every second of it! It is a
real privilege and honor to be able to work and connect with the
horses. Every individual horse has their own personality and
lessons that they can teach to us. Horseback riding has always been
my passion, and throughout the week you will most likely find me at
the barn riding and caring for the different horses at Hope Lock.
Although I do not own my own horse, I have had the wonderful
opportunity of working with many different horses over the years,
including both lesson horses and privately owned horses. I have
received training from both Gayle and Susie over the years, and I
now teach part-time, mainly on Friday nights. I love being able to
share my knowledge and passion for horses with my students and
anyone who is willing to learn. The most rewarding part of working
with horses for me is definitely watching a strong bond between
horse and rider begin to form, one where human and animal can trust
each other and work together in harmony.
Apr 1, 2014 - Summer Camp
We are pleased to announce the dates for our annual Summer Camp. The 2014 Hands On Horse
Camp will be held July 28-August 1, 2014. Please see our Summer Camp page for more information.
Link: 2014 Hands On Horse Camp
Jan 1, 2014 - Show Calendar
Show Team Members, please review the Show Calendar and let Gayle know which shows you plan to attend.
Link: 2014 Show Schedule
February, 2014 - New Teams
Congratulations to our new horse and rider teams this year:
* Abby Bicknell and Call Me Hot
* Erin Madden and Sertainly a Star
* Kendall Brown and Black and White Mister
July, 2013 - New Lease
Congratulations to Erin Madden on her lease of Sirtainly a Star "Thomas"
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
To ride a horse is to ride the sky.
I can always tell which is the front end of a horse, but beyond that, my art is not above the ordinary.
Do you take lessons with Susie? Do you want to show your friends a picture of the horse
you ride every weekend? Checkout the Lesson Horses page.
Link: Our Lesson Horses