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.
President – Kaden Strom
Kaden Strom is a senior at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. She is majoring in Animal Biomedical Science. She grew up outside a small town called Dawson, ND on a beef cattle ranch and started showing horses at a very young age, competing in all-around events with her paint horses in American Paint Horse Association shows, 4-H shows, and local horse clubs. She is involved in a variety of clubs on her campus and holds various officer positions including vice president of the NDSU Horsemen’s Chapter, community service chair of NDSU’s Pre-Vet Club and serves as an Ag Ambassador for the college. She is a team member of NDSU’s Western IHSA team. After graduation, Kaden plans to attend veterinary school and focus on a mixed animal practice with an emphasis in Bovine.
Vice President – Emily Purvis
I am an Agriculture and Animal Science major at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. I am from Ambrose, Georgia. I am currently the President of my faction. I am also on the college shotgun team at ABAC and compete nationally with the NSCA. I have the pleasure of being a certified coach for high school and 4-H divisions. I am a senior hoping to attend veterinary school at the University of Florida. My biggest passions are reading, drawing, video games, and animals. I have six dogs, four cats, and a horse. My equine specialty is Tennessee Walkers Paso Finos, and a great love for Mustangs and Arabians.
Secretary – Jensen Swartz
Jensen Swartz is a senior at West Virginia University majoring in Animal and Nutritional Science with a minor in Equine studies with an emphasis in Equine Assisted Therapies. She grew up in the small town Williamstown, WV where she first discovered her love of horses. Jensen currently has an internship with Sunnyside Farms in Clyde Park, MT working with Fjord horses and disabled children. She has hopes of becoming a PATH certified Equine Assisted Riding Instructor after graduation.
Treasurer – Klarissa Williamson
Klarissa Williamson is a senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA. Originally from the panhandle of Florida, Klarissa is majoring in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science and grew up showing in 4-H and the Arabian Horse industry. She also serves as the vice president of her local Horsemen’s Association at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and vice president of the Agronomy club. After graduation, her plan is to apply to veterinary school and specialize in the Animal Chiropractic field. She currently has an internship working with an animal chiropractor that travels around the panhandle of Florida and hopes to have her own practice in the future.
Director of Communications – Morgan Dutton
Morgan Dutton is a senior at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. She is from Steele, ND where she grew up showing horses and goats from a young age. Morgan grew up riding mainly western events in 4-H shows but also branched out into English disciplines. She currently rides for the NDSU IHSA western team. At NDSU, Morgan is pursuing a degree in Animal Science with the hopes of starting veterinary school in the fall of 2022. As a veterinarian, she intends to be at a mixed animal practice, an equine clinic, or be involved with small ruminant reproduction. Morgan is also involved in several other clubs on campus including NDSU pre-vet club and Saddle and Sirloin.