ACHA Chapter Spotlights
One of the most valuable things about national convention is networking and sharing ideas about how each chapter gets involved in the horse industry, networks with industry professionals, raises funds for club travel, and impacts their local community. Each month we will feature local chapters on the website and on social media so this valuable sharing of information goes on year round.
Saint Mary of the Woods College
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) is a small Catholic liberal arts college located on a beautiful 67-acre wooded rural setting in western Indiana. CHA at SMWC was established only 3 years ago. As a fledgling chapter, we wanted to enhance the education of our members about the equine industry by learning from a wide variety of speakers and clinicians. One of our highlighted visits was attending a Buck Brannaman clinic. This coming year we are slated to host an even wider variety of organizations, namely the 6th Ohio Calvary, a group of Civil War reenactors, and the Iron Riders Mounted Archery Club. As part of our service to the community, we are in the process of adopting the stretch of highway that is in front of our college to help with the beautification of our roadsides. Our fundraisers have included co-hosting a tack sale and having regular baked goods for sale at our Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association competitions. We are currently in the process of publishing a regularly scheduled newsletter that will feature interviews with local industry professionals and provide information on a variety of news worthy equine topics.
Clemson University is nestled on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western South Carolina. CCHA was established about 10 years ago. We recently won the bid to host the 2019 National Convention in Charleston, SC which will be the second convention we have hosted! Along with Convention we will be hosting our annual Trotting Round the Tree Show which consists of a 2 day open horse show and is our largest fundraiser of the year. During the year we have multiple guest speakers, participate in local farm tours, and help with horse shows including the JD Massey Saddlebred Show. A favorite past time for the club is Saturday Night Lights at Tryon International Equestrian Center which hosts jumping competitions throughout the fall months. This year CCHA will be partnering with Clemson’s Equine Assisted Therapy program, local IEA shows, and Clemson Equestrian Center to further our service and fundraising efforts. As CCHA embarks on another year we hope to create new traditions and opportunities for our members.