At the ACHA, we strive to involve more schools and students each year in the organization to gain lasting knowledge and connections in the equine world. We are open to all levels of equine experience, whether it means a deep familiarity with horses stemming from life-long involvement, or perhaps just an interest to learn more while starting from knowing absolutely nothing about them. Don’t hesitate to send an e-mail our way for more information if you have any questions, we’re always happy to lend another horseman a helping hand.

Officers

President – Amy Kowalski
Amy Kowalski is a senior at Clemson University majoring in Animal & Veterinary Sciences with a concentration in Equine Business, and a minor in Business Administration. Amy is from Myrtle Beach, SC where she found her love for horses after helping at a farm that cared for Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede horses. Amy has been involved in the Clemson University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association for four years, and is currently serving as President. In addition to horses, she loves studying, hiking, and going to football games. After graduation, Amy hopes to go to graduate school and earn a Masters degree in Equine Science to pursue a career in equestrian event management.

Vice President – Emma Coffman
Emma Coffman is a sophomore at Texas A&M University majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Ag Economics, and pursuing her Equine Certificate. She is from Temple, Texas where she grew up competing in 4-H, showing livestock, and riding horses. Emma is a past officer of the Texas A&M University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association, is on the Horse Judging Team, and coaches county 4-H livestock judging teams. Emma owns her own photography business, is a passionate Special Olympics of Texas Equestrian Assistant Coach, and is working towards an Equine Sports Massage Therapy license. After graduation, she plans on pursuing her dream of growing a club lamb and commercial beef cattle operation, continuing her small business ventures, and coaching her own Special Olympics Equestrian Team.

Secretary – Rachel Parrish
Rachel is a senior at West Virginia University majoring in Animal & Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Equine Studies. She is from Chester, Virginia where she was an active hunter rider and member of her 4-H program. Rachel is serving her second term as President of the West Virginia University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association. Rachel works her way through school as a full-time veterinary assistant, and is a working student at the JW Ruby Research Farm, home to WVU’s horse unit. Upon graduation, Rachel hopes to move to Lexington, Kentucky to work in a hands-on or service provider role in the horse industry.

Treasurer – Carley Snyder
Carley is a senior at Clemson University majoring in Animal and Veterinary Science with a concentration in Equine Business. She grew up in Lancaster, South Carolina in a riding family. She competed in multiple disciplines, both English and Western, later deciding to focus on barrel racing and hunter jumpers. Carley has been a member of the Clemson University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association for three years where she currently serves as Vice President. She spent this past summer training and instructing at Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center in Chester, South Carolina. After graduation, Carley hopes to combine her passions for training young horses, teaching, and horse show management into a business.

Director of Communications – Fallon Ryan
Fallon Ryan is a junior at North Dakota State University pursuing a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Sciences. She grew up showing Paint horses in a variety of disciplines from all-around pleasure horse events, to ranch riding and drill teams through the Minnesota Pinto Horse Association and Minnesota 4-H. Fallon has also been an active member in horse judging from an early age, earning many regional and national titles including Reserve National Champion at Arabian Nationals in 2016. Fallon currently serves as Vice President in her local chapter and rides on both IHSA teams through North Dakota State University. Fallon also works part time at NDSU Dairy Research Facility and runs her own small business of farm-sitting for multiple species and operations. She plans on pursuing a career in the dairy or beef cattle industry after graduation.

Representative – Misty King
Misty King is a senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College pursuing a degree in Agricultural Education. Misty’s journey with horses started by working at a local trail ride establishment. She advanced her riding and landed an opportunity to work at a cutting horse ranch where she excelled in working cow horses. At the age of 19, she accepted a position at The Ranch at Rock Creek where she would train project horses, rodeo, and take guests out on rides through the Rocky Mountains in Western Montana. Misty serves as the President of her local Collegiate Horsemen’s chapter. After graduation, Misty hopes to spread the good word about agriculture in the classroom.

Advisors

Dr. Pamela Mitcham

Assistant Professor of Equine Science
334-683-4052
pmitcham@judson.edu

Dr. Crystal Smith

Teaching Associate Professor of Animal & Nutritional Sciences
304-980-3040
crystal.smith@mail.wvu.edu