Each year, the ACHA holds a national convention open to all dues paid schools affiliated with the horse industry. National convention is hosted by a different university each year. The host school coordinates horse industry tours, networking sessions, social activities, and professional development opportunities for students in attendance. Awards are presented to honor outstanding members, scrapbooks, and more!
2022 National Convention
Planned for April 6th – April 9th 2022 by Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Will be held in Ocala, Florida. More information to follow!
2021 National Convention
Cancelled due to Covid-19
2019 National Convention
The 2019 National convention was held in Charleston, South Carolina. Students toured Middleton Farms, a carriage ride facility and took guided tours in Charlotte, and visited Mullet hall where they got detailed information about the history of Marsh Tacky’s as well as a farrier demonstration. They were networked with equine professionals in marketing, saddle fitting, hippotherapy, mounted shooting, and breeders.
2018 National Convention – Texas A&M University
The 2018 National Convention was held in College Station, Texas. Students toured the TAMU Large Animal Veterinary Hospital, ROCK Ride on Center for Kids, Equicare Certified Equine Rehabilitation Services, and visited Rodeo Austin. They also networked with industry professionals in marketing, events management, and veterinary medicine.
2017 National Convention – Murray State University
The 2017 national convention was held in Lexington, KY. Students toured stud farms, racetracks, veterinary clinics, and horse show facilities. They also networked with professionals from college rodeo, equine law firms, and a panel of international equine professionals.
2016 National Convention – Oklahoma State University
The 2016 national convention was held in Stillwater, OK. Students toured Lazy E Ranch, watched Quarter Horse races at Remington Park, toured the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and visited OSU’s equine center for social and leadership activities.
2015 National Convention – Texas A&M University and Sam
Houston State University
The 2015 national convention was held in College Station, TX. Students toured Center Ranch Cutting Horses, attended the Houston Stock Show & Rodeo, and visited the Hildebrand Equine Complex for professional development and social activities.
2014 National Convention – Clemson University
2013 National Convention – Kansas State University
2012 National Convention – University of Florida
2011 National Convention – Texas A&M University
2010 National Convention – Colorado State University
2009 National Convention – The Pennsylvania State University