2019-2020 Officer Team


Annaliese Colacicco


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I come from Tonganoxie, KS. I am a Junior majoring in Animal Sciences and Industries, with the Pre-Vet Option, as well as having early admission into Kansas State's College of Veterinary Medicine. This will be my second year in Horseman's Association and I have enjoyed every minute of it. Although I don't have a lot of experience with horses, I enjoy expanding my knowledge with fellow members. 


Vice President:

Paige Leslie

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I am from Baldwin City, a small town in northeast Kansas, and I am currently a junior at K-State. I am majoring in Animal Science with a business option and plan to graduate in December of 2020. Currently, I have two dogs that are enjoying Manhattan with me during my college years and a wide variety of animals back home that are a great source of therapy when I stress about school. Since I have grown up and worked around horses my whole life, I have learned to appreciate and enjoy sharing my love for horses with others. As this will be my third year in the Horseman's Association, I will continue to enjoy learning more about horses of all disciplines with members old and new. 


Hannah Spriggs

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I am from the small town of Baldwin City, Kansas. I am a junior majoring in Animal Science with the Pre-Vet option, and I am working towards my equine certificate. Because of my love for horses I hope to specialize in equine veterinary medicine. I began riding when I was 4 and showing in western events since I was 7. This will be my third year in Horseman's Association and I am very excited to continue learning about horses and participating in the many fun events throughout the year!


Emily Hudson

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Emily Hudson is a senior in Animal Science and industry. She plans pursuing a masters degree in equine nutrition. Emily was a member of the 2018 Horse Judging team. She enjoys spending time with her AQHA gelding Rockstar and working at the LSU Dairy.

Webmaster: Walter Meyers


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I come from Smithtown, New York which is on Long Island and about an hour from New York City. I am a Junior majoring in Animal Sciences and Industries with a Pre-Vet option. I have also received early admission into Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. Although my experience is limited for the past three years I have been working with an organization that uses horses to provide therapy for disabled children. I hope to give and expand my knowledge or horses in the years to come with the Horseman's Association.


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Community Service/Philanthropy Chair:

Julie Heslop


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Hello! I am from the small Kansas town of Melvern. I am a senior majoring in Animal Science and Industry with the Pre-Vet Option, minoring in Business, and also on track to getting the Equine Certificate. I have loved horses for as long as I can remember. I started riding western when I was about 10 years old and competed in a few youth rodeos, but prefer to just ride for pleasure. I have really enjoyed my time with Horseman’s and seeing different aspects of the equine industry. I am looking forward to being the Community Service/Philanthropy Chair this year because helping others (especially animals) is something I am passionate about.

Ag Council Representative: 

Elaine LaRoche


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Hello! I was born and raised in Topeka, KS. This year at K-State I'll be a sophomore majoring in Animal Science with a Pre-Vet Option. This will be my second year in Horseman's Association. About three years ago I started really getting into horses through a horse camp I had been working at and starting competing in the Kansas Hunter Jumper Association. I've loved being around horses and learning more about them and I can't wait to share all that knowledge with you! 

Ag Council Representative: 

Jocelyn Baltzar 


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I am from Kansas City, Kansas, and I'm currently a Senior majoring in Animal Science with Pre-Vet option. Upon joining the Horseman's Club I had little to no experience with horses but throughout the club, my knowledge and experience with horses has grown and continues to do so with the many activities done within. I hope to continue to expand my experience with people and animals.

Club Mascot/Pet



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Somewhere close to Elizabeth, usually


I am 8 years old. I am half standard and half mini Australian Shepherd, and from Oklahoma City.  I have traveled around the country to horse shows, helped herd horses, and even ridden a couple times. My hobbies include being petted, sleeping, eating, and enjoying nature.  My arch nemesis is the squirrel.  

Club Advisor:

Dr. James Lattimer


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Dr. James Lattimer is a native of Newton, KS. He graduated with his B.S. in Animal Science from Kansas State University in 2002. He began his graduate career in equine nutrition at Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2002. After completing his M.S. in the summer of 2004, he moved to Ocala, FL and taught equine science courses at the College of Central Florida. In the fall of 2009, Dr. Lattimer came back to Kansas State University to work on his Ph.D. in comparative nutrition. Following graduation in May 2012, he joined Nestle Purina in St. Louis, MO as a Technical Nutritionist. He returned home to Kansas State University in the spring of 2015 as an Assistant Professor with an 80% teaching and 20% research appointment. His current responsibilities include teaching undergraduate equine science and nutrition courses, coaching the Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team, advising the KSU Horseman’s Association, conducting equine nutrition research and mentoring graduate students who are pursuing advanced degrees with an equine emphasis.


Dr. Lattimer’s research program focuses on carbohydrate digestion and metabolism in the horse. Specific areas of interest are post prandial glycemia, prececal digestibility of feedstuffs, preventing hindgut overload of starch, the equine microbiome and its immunological effects, and substrate utilization in the performance horse.


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