RSO Spotlight MSU HA

December 2, 2020

RSO:

Founded in 1999, Michigan State University Horsemen’s Association (MSU HA) is dedicated to educating and inspiring those with an interest in horses. This Registered Student Organization (RSO) is open to all majors and all levels of horse experience (including none at all) and is home to about 30 members and seven executive board members. MSU HA was developed to cater to those who have a passion for horses, but may not desire to compete. Originally, when the MSU Polo Club was created, MSU HA became its umbrella organization and liaison between the Polo Club and other equine competitive teams at MSU. In 2016, MSU HA stepped away from being the umbrella organization of competitive teams to focus more on developing skills out of the saddle.

Some MSU HA members are involved in other horse and animal focused clubs, and some have never interacted with horses. In addition to horses, this RSO offers opportunities to meet potential employers and people with similar interests, while having fun. MSU HA leadership tells students not to feel shy, but get to know them and the club; they would love to have you join.

MSU HA with Sparty

Leadership:

President - Rachel Postello

Vice President - Shelby Glessner

Secretary - Torey Fischer

Treasurer - David Lindsay

Director of Communications - Natalie Hauswirth

Fundraiser/Merchandise Chair - Caylyn Mira

Historian/ Public Relations/Social Chair - Malary Thorsby

How can Students Connect:

Students can find more information about the organization by contacting MSU HA via email or direct messages on social media. If you are interested in joining, simply ask to be added to the email list, where you will be sent reminders about meetings, events, etc. Joining is free.  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/msuhorsemens/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/msu_horsemens/?hl=en

Email: msuhorsemens@gmail.com

Website: http://msuhorsemens.weebly.com/about-us.html

Program/Events

MSU HA is a club focused on connecting students with professionals in the equine industry and connects students with horses outside of just riding or handling. The club also works on developing skills to improve student professionalism and understanding what goes into running a horse business, such as a show business. 

During a normal academic year, MSU HA holds general meetings featuring speakers from various equine professions. This RSO also hosts a yearly Green and White Fuzzy Show in the fall at the MSU Pavilion, which often sells out. There are community events, such as Horsemen’s Weekend and Horsein’ Around at MSU, where youth and community members get connected with students and professionals in the equine industry through clinics and activities. Additionally, at the end of the school year, members have the option to take an equine-related trip. Past trips have included Fantasia and Texas A&M.

MSU HA at Texas A&M

Currently, a fundraiser is being planned to donate to a nonprofit horse organization in Michigan.

COVID-19 Changes

The biggest change since COVID-19 has forced MSU HA from holding an in-person horse show this fall or community events in the spring. MSU HA continues to host meetings with speakers over ZOOM. MSU HA is looking at online alternative options for spring semster, should they be needed due to COVID-19. Thanks to the organization's speakers, advisor and members, MSU HA members are still able to learn about the equine industry, just a little differently.

 

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