Mon, 20 March 2023
OFI 1656: How To Build A Nationwide Horse Treat Business | FFA SAE Edition | Allie Koss | Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center (AAEC PV) FFA Chapter
Allie Koss is the owner and creator of Happy's Horse Treats. She is also a sophomore in high school and the FFA Chapter Sentinel at the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center of Paradise Valley, Arizona, which is a charter school specializing in agriculture. All students at the AAEC are FFA members, but there are different levels of activity for each of them.
Allie has grown up in the city, and her parents are not experienced in agriculture. However, at age 4 Allie said she wanted to take horseback riding lessons. Being wise parents, they did not just let Allie jump right into full blown lessons. For one year they took her to the Phoenix Zoo where she could get exposure to horses and some experience riding to gauge if her level of enthusiasm was genuine. It turned out that it was, and Allie has been riding horses ever since.
One day, at the barn that she rides at, a veterinarian was floating the teeth of a horse and showed Allie how to do it. From this point she was hooked and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. This led to conversations with older people at the barn and the discover of the AAEC. Ultimately, this led her to the agricultural charter school and the FFA. It also led to her experimenting with making horse treats, her friends telling her that she should start a business and eventually, the birth of Happy's Horse Treats. Today, Allie sells horse treats from coast to coast and plans on growing her business through the end of high school, but possibly until she begins veterinary school in several years.