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 – Rachel West
Rachel West is a senior at West Virginia University Potomac state College, she has obtained an associate in Equine Production and Management and will Graduate in May 2021 with another associate in Business Technology and a Bachelor of Business Management. She is from Petersburg, WV where she rides for fun through her 4-H program where she is an active member. Rachel works her way through school as a part time veterinary assistant and receptionist. Upon graduation she plans to continue working at the veterinary office.
Vice President – Gabby Lee
Gabby Lee is a senior at Murray State University in Murray, KY, majoring in Equine Science. Gabby is from Elgin, IL, where she began taking riding lessons at age 8. Her love for horses only grew, competing in hunter-jumper shows locally and learning everything she could about horse care and the sport. She is currently captain of the hunt seat equestrian team and President of the Horseman’s Association at Murray State. After graduation, her goal is to attend graduate school to continue her studies in equine science, and eventually work in equine rehabilitation.
Secretary – Molly Grace Register
Molly Grace Register is a senior at Judson College in Marion, AL. She is double majoring in biology and equine science and minoring in chemistry. She grew up in Oneonta, AL where she lives on a 20-acre farm with chickens, goats, two cats, and three dogs. She has a service dog, Baloo, that aids her with a variety of health issues. She participates on the IHSA Western Team at Judson and trail rides often on her horse, Banjo. She serves as Vice President of Ambassadors for Judson as well as being a member of her local chapter of the ACHA. Molly hopes to attend veterinarian school after graduating from Judson focusing on large animals as well as household pets.
Treasurer – Adrianna Fetterman
Adrianna Fetterman is a junior at Clemson University majoring in Equine Business with a minor in Youth Development. She is from Massachusetts and grew up eventing through the United States Pony Club. Adrianna currently serves as Treasurer for her local chapter of ACHA and Philanthropy chair for her local chapter of Sigma Alpha, a professional agricultural sorority. She is also a member fo the Clemson Collegiate Eventing Team. She currently has an internship with the South Carolina Cooperative Extension working with local agricultural producers. She plans to start her own equine rescue that will work with at-risk youth, helping horses and youth both have the best chance for success.
Director of Communications – Kaden Strom
Kaden Strom is a sophomore 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 reporter of NDSU’s Pre-Vet Club, reporter of the NDSU Horsemen’s Chapter, 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.
Representative – Emily Purvis
Emily Purvis is a senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural college in the State of Georgia. She is currently studying Animal Science and Agriculture with hopes of getting accepted to Veterinary school. Emily is currently President of her local faction and Treasurer of the Shotgun Team at ABAC. She also helps her community by being her former high school’s shotgun coach and a coach for Coffee County 4-H.