Tom and Karen Freund grew up in different parts of the country but met in Ohio and were married in 2008. Between the two of them, the Freunds have 3 grown daughters and two grandsons. 

Not long after Tom and Karen were married, they both decided to get back into the love and passion they both have for horses. What started with a few riding horses for their personal use has grown into a successful breeding program. Not only do the Freunds breed beautiful horses, but they enjoy participating in shows. Mount Hope Stables has traveled to the ApHc World Show in Fort Worth, Texas in 2014 and again in 2016 where they had stallions place in top five FPD halter class and this year their stallion, Legend, placed World Champion FPD Halter Stallion.

Mount Hope Stables, named after a church that used to sit at the back of the farm, is located in a small town 45 minutes west of Pittsburgh, Pa. called Bloomingdale, Ohio. In August of 2017, we found our dream home with a little over 133 acres to move our beloved herd to east Texas. We are located close to a small town called Pittsburg, Tx. Not to be confused with Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Love our new home and the horses have settled in quite nicely

In this small town the Freunds enjoy sharing their love of the Foundation Appaloosa and offer free farm visits as well as setting up for free group visits such as local 4H groups. The guest not only get to see the beautiful herd at MHS, but they are provided an excellent education and sometimes lunch is provided as well.

Karen works in the local emergency department where she has seen her fair share of heartache from the drug epidemic and that is when they decided to reach out to local 4H groups and allow the kids to free lease one of there beatiful herd members. Tom and Karen enjoy being a part of the local community and hope to provide alternative ways to learn and spend time. What better way to spend the day then on a farm with a horse that you can choose to ride and work with. Kids are required a behavior contract and learn responsibilities of horse ownership.