About Us

Cayuse Shop’s beginning

The Cayuse Shop is a family owned and operated equestrian business that was established in 1989 in Sauk City, Wisconsin.  It was established by Sandy Lochner when see realized a need for a quality tack shop in the Midwest. Being an equestrian herself she found it difficult to find the products she needed and thus started a tack shop in the basement of the family owned ACE Hardware.  The Cayuse Shop began as ACE’S Cayuse Shop but later was able to stand on its own as Cayuse Shop. In the last 20 years the Cayuse Shop has grown and is the premier tack shop for all your western and English needs. Stocking a full inventory in western and English saddles, western and English apparel, western and English tack, hats, boots, helmets, belts and everything else an equestrian needs. Many wonder what a “Cayuse” is and how the store got its name. A “cayuse” is a small native rang horse so the store was called Cayuse Shop to reference “horse” shop.

 Cayuse Shop’s employees

 Sandy Lochner

Sandy Lochner is the one who started it all. She started the Cayuse Shop in 1989 when she realized the need for a tack shop with knowledgeable staff and people ready and willing to help the everyday horse person.

Sandy also competes on the professional rodeo circuit so she understands the importance of quality products to support her lifestyle. With over 20 years experience in the business she is also a saddle fitter and will accept any saddle fitting challenge.

Dani Johnson

Dani Johnson has been working at the Cayuse shop since 2006. Dani works in both the English and Western saddle departments and has been working with horses for over 15 years. She currently competes on the Arabian/Half Arabian and Saddlebred show circuits. She is also a skilled saddle fitter and would be happy to assist you with western and English saddle fitting issues.  

Melissa Neal

Melissa Neal comes to us as a part-time employee.  Melissa joined the Cayuse team in 2007 and is a fashion guru.  Melissa’s love for fashion and horses makes her a great match; she’ll make anyone look great well riding down the trail or in the show ring. Melissa leaves the competition behind and enjoys going for trail rides. Melissa is happy to help you with any questions you may have.


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