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.
Tennessee Collegiate Horsemen’s Association
Tennessee Collegiate Horsemen’s Association is a group dedicated to providing exposure to the equine industry for any student who is interested in learning more about horses regarding care, health, sport, etc through events, trips, and seminars.
The North Dakota State University Horsemen’s Association
The North Dakota State University Horsemen’s Association has been on campus for over ten years providing both riding and leadership opportunities to its members. Here at NDSU, club involvement is an important part of student success. Due to our large size (40+ members), our students can explore many philanthropy, fundraising, and industry-centered events in order to gain experience in the professional world.
The NDSU Horsemen’s Association has served the community through multiple annual philanthropy events including Salvation Army bell ringing and hosting the North Dakota State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging and Hippology contests. For the past two consecutive years, the NDSU Horsemen’s Association has received a service award for the most volunteered hours out of 300+ NDSU organizations.
Our members’ favorite club event is a fundraiser called “I Wish I Had a Horse Camp”. This day camp is offered to 4-12 year olds in beginner and intermediate sessions. During this event, our members teach campers about equine science, safety, grooming, tacking, and in-hand trail. Campers also have the opportunity to ride multiple horses and explore multiple disciplines under saddle.
Our club also fundraises by working shifts in concessions for NDSU NCAA athletic events. This opportunity allows club members to spend more time together while also raising funds for the club.
Many of our members also participate in the IHSA Western and Hunt Seat Teams: an extension of the club. The riding teams offer many riding and leadership opportunities year-round both regionally and nationally.
Leadership is extremely important to the NDSU Horsemen’s Association. We provide many opportunities throughout the year for our members to gain experience including officer positions, committee chairs, event coordinators, national convention delegates, team captains, and many more.
ABAC Horsemen’s is nestled in the quaint town of Tifton, GA. Within our club you can find our members actively involved whether it be helping grill at the Ag Club picnic, recruiting perspective students at Stallion Day, or helping put on our monthly jackpot barrel races. At our meetings we have hosted members of the Georgia equine commission, renown horse trainers, farriers, and also equine acupuncturists. Once a year, our members are given the opportunity to go on an industry tour. This past year we traveled to Ocala, Florida to exhibit various thoroughbred and race horse facilities. Along with hosting our monthly jackpot barrel racers, we also host ropings and NBHA shows. These events are premier opportunities for members to fundraise for national convention.