Horseman of the Month
ACHA wants to recognize a Horseman of the Month. Does someone in your chapter consistently go above and beyond at club meetings, activities, and community service? It might be a new member that has become actively engaged in club activities or an older member that stepped up to take on new challenges. ACHA wants your chapter President to send a picture and a short write-up describing how your candidate exemplifies what it means to be a Collegiate Horseman! Please email submissions by the second Sunday of each month to ACHA President Mattie Willard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Smith – June 2018
Nicole Smith is a junior at Judson College and is double majoring in Equine Science and Psychology. Nicole began riding when her mom carried her around as an infant; since then, her love for horses has not stopped growing. She has competed/participated in timed events, equestrian drill team, cutting horses, colt starting, hunt seat equitation, and trail rides. In her free time during the summer, she enjoys teaching riding lessons and preparing herself to become PATH certified along with training her own therapy horse. On top of being Judson’s ACHA Chapter President, Nicole works as a paraprofessional Resident Life Staff by being an Resident Assistant and is a representative on the Honor Council.
As Judson’s ACHA President, Nicole encourages the members to get involved in the community by partnering with Faith Based Service and Learning to help with service projects, coordinates show volunteers for Judson’s IHSA western show, hosts movie nights at the barn, and sets an example in the classroom. This past semester, Nicole spearheaded the organization of a Hobby Horse “Competition” to which the entire campus community was invited and had participants from other departments outside of Equine Science. She is also a recent recipient of a scholarship from the Alabama Horse Council. The Judson College Equine Club couldn’t be prouder of Nicole and her leadership!