Meet the AAHC team

Amanda McCoy and Commonwealth TRF

Amanda McCoy

Creator and Founder

I started the page on a whim over a decade ago to connect to the other horse people in the greater Athens area. I’m a local horse trainer and farm services provider.  

My first goal with horses and riders is to provide the tools for better communication and trust. I love training dressage, but also enjoy trail riding, jumping, and foxhunting.  Educating kids and adults is a high priority for me, and I am fortunate to be involved in Hilltoppers Pony Club as the secretary and in Oconee 4H as the horse team coach.

I work out of my family farm Allison Creek. My mother has been training horses for decades and I was fortunate to learn at her knee. We train horses and offer lessons, but we also provide farm services – working on horse trailers, custom gates, fencing installs and repairs, barn builds, pasture rehab and maintenance. Whatever service you need on your farm, we can help – let us be your farm hand. Allison Creek Farm and Services wants to help keep you and your horses happy, healthy, and safe.  

My goal for this page is to encourage growth of the local horse community. I want to inspire people to get out and ride (or just spend time with their horses -whatever your fancy). I’m excited to have Cathy and Lexy on (more on them in later posts!) the team for events and to encourage growth among our youth and under-served areas of the community. I’d love to get some headway on land-conservation (if you are inspired to carry that ball locally HMU! I’m a little too busy unfortunately.) But really, I want the community to grow as it sees fit. Think of AAHC as the fertilizer for the local community. It’s growing great on its own, but a healthy dose of some aged manure can really make it blossom. Feel free to reach out to me with your ideas and suggestions. Or with any questions really. Let’s build the community together

My herd:
  • Dobby and Winky -the pups
  • Chocky, Freckles, and Maxx – the horses
  • Brett and Amelia – the husband and daughter
Cathy Micali

Cathy Micali

Show Coordinator

I joined the AAHC admin team after Amanda bought a saddle pad from me this summer and we got to talking. An unplanned job change (sorta like an unplanned dismount!) pushed me out of a scientist career and farther into the horse world. 

Although I went to UGA, it wasn’t until I came back to Athens for my scientist job in 2018 that I began to get more involved with the horse community here. I was fortunate to meet some lovely people who got me into field hunting, and I have many of them to thank for a lot of the opportunities I have been exploring since June 2020.

My dream has always been to have a career centered on horses, but with my food science background, I had figured it would be an industry career, working for a big name feed or supplement company. Instead, I found myself giving horse nutrition advice and resources to my friends (and anyone willing to listen!). I was already exercising and hunting horses, so I doubled down on that, and started giving myself the time and space to create things I had never had before. I take pride in creating, and I especially love creating functional, beautiful things, so I taught myself how to sew saddle pads and do some leather sewing. Amanda shared her idea of organizing more local events, so, with a lot of help from my mentors, I put together the Athens Area Horse Community Schooling Series which features fun and unique schooling opportunities year round!

After being thrown into a tailspin due to COVID, my long term goals have shifted. I want to improve the lives of all equines I come into contact with, and their humans. We have such a fun, knowledgeable, and vibrant horse community here, and I am grateful to be part of building an even tighter network.

My Herd:
  • Sam – horse
  • Landon and Nova – pups
  • CB and Adrian – cats
  • Nick – partner
Lexy Bridges

Lexy Bridges

Community and Inclusion Coordinator

I’m a classic case of a girl with a lifelong pony obsession. It started as a kid in downtown Charleston forcing my mom to take me to the carriage barns so I could feed the mules and horses peppermints, moved to pony rides at the zoo, grew to lessons and competitions through school. And now at 28 I’ve just purchased my first horse, so I guess I’m in it for the long haul! For most of my childhood, I thought I would end up an equestrian professional, and while I did work full time as a groom for a while, I’ve transitioned to a day job in education counseling (if you need help with college planning, I’m your gal!). Along with my passion for horses, I have a passion for bringing people together and improving my little corner of the world as best as I can.

That brings us to how I got involved with AAHC- Cathy (who I met through the AAHC fb group!) knew about my love for all things community building, so she and Amanda invited me to come on board as the Community and Inclusion Coordinator to continue building our wonderful group of riders and horse lovers, and at the same time expanding our partnership with the wider Athens Community. My goal in this position is to make sure that everyone in Athens knows what we know: that our lovely community is welcoming to all and that everyone could benefit from a little pony therapy! I haven’t lived in Athens long, so I’m still getting to know everyone. Don’t ever hesitate to introduce yourself if you see me out and about or to reach out to me if you have ideas for community engagement!

My Herd:
  • Momento – horse
  • Cypress and Shelby – pups
  • Terry Crews and Grandma – cats
  • Patrick – fiance

Lexy Bridges
Lexy Bridges and her new horse

Lexy Bridges