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 2015 - Vice PresidentJohn 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 - Treasurer
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 - Secretary
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.

Nicolette Farenbaugh, Seat 5. Elected in 2016
Nicolette joined the board in 2016. Owning her first Appaloosa at the age of 14 sparked her passion for the breed. After graduating from Washington State University in 2013, Nicolette decided to make the Palouse her permanent home. She currently owns Wonder Stables in Pullman, WA where she continues to foster and inspire a love for the Appaloosa Horse through her riding program. 

Todd Kimsey, Seat 1. Elected in 2016
Todd was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon and lived in Lakeview, Oregon as a small child on a small ranch, then moved to Lewiston, Idaho and finally to Kooskia, Idaho where he spent his childhood and attended Clearwater Valley High School. Growing up on the Nez Perce Reservation and having a lot of friends in the Tribe, Todd was exposed to the Appaloosa horse at a young age and regularly growing up. He also worked at the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery on weekends and vacations and got to interact with a lot of tribal folk in that job as well. After high school and some time as a sawmill laborer, Todd enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantryman. He served four years active duty in the Marine Corps including a stint in Desert Shield / Desert Storm. Upon leaving active duty, Todd moved to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho with his wife and worked in an aluminum smelter. After a couple years, Todd went to college to study civil engineering. He graduated from the University of Idaho and began a consulting engineering career. After several years, Todd’s illnesses associated with his service in Kuwait became too disabling to continue working.He was retired by the VA in 2005 and spends his time volunteering and helping around my home as he can when my health allows. Todd is currently the Regional Supervisor for Big Sky Region Pony Clubs and Riding Centers which is the chapter of United States Pony Clubs, a youth equestrian organization with over 800 clubs and 80 riding centers in the US. Todd’s son is in the US Army serving as an infantryman and his daughter is in high school locally, she is very active in 4-H and Pony Club as well as volleyball and school activities. “We enjoy the Palouse and are very fortunate to be involved with the Appaloosa  Museum.”


Lauren McCleary, Seat 6, Elected 2017

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.

Steve Taylor, Seat 9. At Large - ApHC CEO
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.