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.
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.
One unique characteristic of our club is our meeting content: not only do we bring in professional speakers throughout the year, but we encourage our members to present an equine-related topic to the club. This gives members an opportunity to gain experience in public speaking and educates other members about different disciplines in the industry.
We cannot wait to begin our new year this fall, and we look forward to making more lasting connections through ACHA in the years to come!
The Washington State University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association
The Washington State University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association joined the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association in 2017. Washington State University is located in Eastern Washington in the beautiful rolling wheat hills of the Palouse region, the origin of the Appaloosa horse. We are proud of our accomplishments as a fledging group. Some of our most exciting activities last year included attending a training clinic by nationally acclaimed duo, Steve and Francesca Rother, touring Pegasus Training & Rehabilitation Center, a world-class equine facility near Seattle, Washington that uses cutting-edge exercise therapies and medical treatments to rehabilitate equine athletes, and touring our own top-ten ranked veterinary school equine division and learning about their research. We also sent a member to the ACHA National Convention for the first time! This year, we are working hard to increase our memberships and become more involved in our community. We are excited to volunteer at Orphan Acres, a local horse rescue, attend more clinics, and gain hands-on training from local barn managers. As a group, we aim to build professional contacts and prepare our members for their futures in the equine industry.