THE TEAM BEHIND THE COMMITMENT

JIM CHIAPETTA

Principal | (staying out of the Achieve Equine Team’s way)

Riding: Starting in Penning, Sorting, and the Reined Cowhorse with my new horse, Gunner. 

Fun Fact: Essential food groups: pizza and red wine.

MICHELLE CHIAPETTA

Principal | (helping wherever needed)

Riding: I’m just getting to know a brand new Andalusian mare named Liberty.

Fun Fact: My other career for the last 30 years has been as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Yay CRNAs!

HANNA HARTMAN

Director of Operations

Riding: My 15-year-old quarter horse, Playboy CJ (“Red”), and I have fun competing in ranch horse versatility events.

Fun Fact: When I was a kid, I had a pig and her name was ‘Stanley’.

ANN LUTNUCKI

Office Manager | (Annie-thing you need)

Riding: All my life I have cared for and played with horses – too many to name. Imagine how exciting it was for me to go to work with the maker of FLAIR® Equine Nasal Strips several years ago. I have the pleasure of designing our limited edition Strips.

Fun Fact: My administrative assistant is my 7 lb. terrier, Tonka Toy. He protects all of us at the office from the scary delivery truck drivers.

ALLISON NORDVALL

Customer Service Representative

Riding: I compete in the Reined Cowhorse events as well as Sorting, Team Penning and Ranch Rodeos. I have 4 horses: Taz, Sassy, Delta and Cadillac.

Fun Fact: My horse Taz and I have a common favorite food: Smores Pop Tarts.

KATE LOECKEN

Administrative Services

Riding: Although I don’t ride, I do love animals. I have a rescue Pekingese Primm and a Sheltie Hampton. Midge the Hedgehog is the newest addition to the family. I also enjoy traveling and photography.

Fun Fact: If one of Jim and Michelle’s pets are in the office, I probably let them in!

BOO

Office Celebrity | Draft Cross

Everybody loves Boo. He has starred in two small films, one of which premiered at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Jim’s proudest moment was when Boo galloped down the driveway without bucking off his co-star. Like most movie stars, Boo loves attention. But beware, if you get too close, he has been known to empty a glass of wine with one efficient swirl of his tongue. 

GUNNER

New Guy on the Block | Quarter Horse

Gunner is Jim’s newest addition. Gunner is a mellow guy and is proving to be very tolerant (Jim’s words) of his new owners. Gunner also loves attention and has been a patient subject in FLAIR® photo shoots. 

BAILEY & NALA

Welcome Committee | Chiweenie & German Shephard

Jim and Michelle’s dogs, Bailey and Nala, are frequent office visitors. Bailey thinks she’s the “big dog” while Nala is content to let her believe it. Bailey loves riding on the tractor with Michelle and sneaking into the chicken coop for scraps. Nala loves greeting staff and can often be found perched at the office door hoping to be let inside. This duo has been known to hop into UPS trucks and to resurface with an unsuspecting driver’s pizza box. 

LIBERTY “LIBBY”

New Gal on the Block | Andalusian

Libby is Michelle’s newest addition. She’s an 11-year-old princess from Montana. As a former range horse, Libby is curious of her new environment, including the mirror in the arena. Like most princesses, she has a love/hate relationship with the mirror. She’ll run towards the mirror, but then be startled by her own reflection. Libby stands her ground amidst her new barn-mates Boo and Gunner. Though Gunner could use a lesson or two on how to act around a lady, Boo has her back as peacekeeper.

TONKA TOY

Assistant Office Admin | Jack Russell/Miniature Pinscher Mix

Ann’s sidekick “Tonka” is a dedicated staff member. He can be found buried under a blanket in the crate below Ann’s desk or perched in the office window. Tonka often helps Ann make USPS drops. Tonka has an unrequited love for Nala.