Nicole Smith ’19 named ACHA Horseman of the Month
Judson College junior Nicole Smith of Lowndesboro, Ala., has been named the American Collegiate Horsemen’s Association (ACHA) Horseman of the Month for June.
ACHA is a national organization supporting local chapters at colleges and universities across the country. The Judson College ACHA chapter was organized last year, and Smith serves as its president. In this role, Smith coordinates student volunteers for on-campus Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) shows and organizes interdisciplinary events on behalf of the chapter. In addition to her service in the Judson ACHA chapter, Smith exemplifies ACHA’s emphasis on leadership, education, and community service by serving her neighbors in the Marion, Ala., community through volunteering with Judson’s Office of Faith-Based Service and Learning and as youth volunteer at Siloam Baptist Church. This summer Smith will be serving at Camp Arrowwood, a residential Christian camp for children in Sevierville, Tenn.
Smith serves her College as a Resident Assistant and as a representative on the Honor Council. She is a member of Judson’s IHSA Hunt Seat team, and she has also participated in timed events, equestrian drill team, cutting horses, colt starting, and trail rides.
Smith is a double major in Equine Science and Psychology. “My passion for horses began at a young age,” Smith says, “and I cannot wait to share this passion with others through my future career!” Smith plans to enter the field of therapeutic horsemanship and serve patients with mental disabilities. In her free time, she enjoys teaching riding lessons, training her own therapy horse, and preparing to obtain PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) certification.
Smith was recently named a 2017 President’s Scholar at Judson and is a 2018 recipient of the Alabama Horse Council Scholarship.
For more information about the Judson ACHA Chapter, contact Dr. Pamela Mitcham, Assistant Professor of Equine Science at Judson and national co-advisor for ACHA, at 334-683-4052.