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 – Mattie Willard
Mattie Willard is a senior at Texas A&M University majoring in Animal Science and pursuing an Equine Certificate. She grew up showing Morgan Horses in Saddle Seat Equitation at a national level. She also assisted her grandparents in breeding, raising, and training Morgans on their family farm. Mattie serves the Texas A&M Collegiate Horsemen’s Association as President and was a member of the reserve world champion Texas A&M Horse Judging Team. Mattie spent last summer teaching horsemanship clinics across the state of Texas through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Summer Horsemanship Schools. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a masters in equine reproduction and then enter the industry as a breeding farm manager.
Vice President – Emma Coffman
Emma Coffman is a sophomore Animal Science major at Texas A&M University and is pursuing her Equine Certificate. She is from Temple, Texas where she grew up showing livestock and competing in barrel racing. She is currently serving as the Texas A&M Collegiate Horsemen’s Association’s Director of Communications. Emma volunteers her time with the Special Olympics of Texas as a certified Equestrian Assistant Coach and is currently starting her own business as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist. After graduating, she plans on pursuing her dream of owning her own commercial sheep operation, growing her small business, and coaching her own Special Olympic Equestrian Team.
Secretary – Rachel Parrish
Rachel is a junior majoring in Animal & Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Equine Studies at West Virginia University. She has been a member of West Virginia University’s Collegiate Horsemen’s Association for three years. Rachel has served as Secretary and is currently leading the chapter as President. Rachel started riding when she was twelve and grew up as an active member of her 4-H program. 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 expand her hands-on experience in the horse industry.
Treasurer – Amy Kowalski
Amy Kowalski is a junior studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University 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 three years, and currently serves as Vice President. In addition to horses, she loves studying, hiking, and going to football games. After graduation, Amy hopes to earn a doctorate in Physical Therapy and pursue a career in therapeutic horsemanship.
Director of Communications – Taylor Bruce
Taylor Bruce is a senior at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, GA pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Agribusiness. She is a founding member and the current President for the ABAC Collegiate Horsemen’s Association. Taylor grew up in Jacksonville, FL riding trail horses before transitioning into barrel racing. She currently works on a breeding and training farm specializing in barrel horses. After graduation, Taylor plans to earn a Masters in Agribusiness Management and work as an office manager for a major agribusiness.
Representative – Zachary Wilson
Zachary Wilson is a sophomore Poultry Science major at Texas A&M University. Zachary is involved in the Texas A&M Collegiate Horsemen’s Association where he serves as Representative. Zachary grew up in New Braunfels, Texas on a cattle operation. He got his first horse in elementary school and has been hooked on horses since. Along with his studies, Zachary works part-time at the Equine Reproduction facility at school. He hopes to attend veterinary school after graduation, with a goal of practicing large animal medicine while carrying on his family’s’ cattle operation.