American Collegiate Horsemen's Association


Kassidy Langlinais

National President – Kassidy Langlinais

Texas A&M University
Email: [email protected]

Kassidy Langlinais is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in agrifood sales. She was born in the Cowboy Capital of the World, Bandera, Texas before moving to the outskirts of a small town named Boerne. It was here she found her love for the outdoors, animals, and agriculture. Kassidy was an intern at the Lazy E Ranch at the Heritage Place sale and assisted in fitting and preparing yearlings for sale. Her leadership skills are put to practice as President of her local Collegiate FFA chapter and as the Sales and Marketing Officer for the Animal Science Ambassadors and her local ACHA chapter. Kassidy plans to work in sales, marketing or public relations for an animal-focused agriculture company after graduation and run a small cattle operation. Kassidy is excited to help ACHA grow over the next year as they help other schools learn about the professional development opportunities in Collegiate Horsemen’s. 

Maria Franks

National Vice President – Maria Franks

North Dakota State University
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Maria Franks is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science with double minors in psychology and equine assisted activities and therapies at North Dakota State University. She is from Roseville, Minnesota and grew up trail riding. Maria now competes on NDSU’s western IHSA team and serves as the Vice President of the NDSU Collegiate Horsemen’s chapter. She plans to complete a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor program and pursue a career in residential equine-assisted activities and therapies. Maria looks forward to getting more students involved in ACHA and helping move the club forward.

Marian Harrell

National Secretary – Marian Harrell

Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College
Email: [email protected]

Marian Harrell is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness at Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College. She grew up in Jeffersonville, GA and spent a lot of time working on her grandparent’s farm. Marian fostered her love of horses through reading The Color of Horses by Ben K. Green and Darol Dickinson. She read it so often she knows it by heart and considers it one of her prized possessions. Marian is a member of several clubs at ABAC, such as Sigma Alpha, Phi Theta Kappa, Agripreneurs, and the Choir. She also serves as chaplain of her local ACHA chapter. After graduation, Marian plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Agribusiness. Marian looks forward to fostering communication with ACHA members across the country through timely meeting minutes, organizational updates and more.

Rebecca Thompson

National Treasurer – Rebecca Thompson

West Virginia University
Email: [email protected]

Rebecca Thompson is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management with a minor in equine studies. Rebecca grew up in Ripley, WV and was an active FFA member, competing in CDEs, speaking competitions, and showing replacement heifers, market steers, and meat rabbits at the local fair. She also gives back to her community by helping with the Passion for the Purple Preview Show. Rebecca is the current equine events management intern at the WVU JW Ruby Research Farm and is in her second year of serving as Treasurer for her local ACHA chapter. After graduation, she would like to work in the Thoroughbred industry in a hands-on career. Rebecca looks forward to helping grow the ACHA treasury through corporate sponsorships and planning next year’s convention.

Karlie Patterson

National Communications Officer – Karlie Patterson

Murray State University
Email: [email protected]

Karlie Patterson is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Business Management at Murray State University. She grew up in a small town west of St. Louis, Missouri. Karlie has been showing at a national level in AQHA and APHA all around events since she was six years old, and her love of horses has continued to grow from there. She recently started competing in ranch and reining as well and is very passionate about learning that side of the sport. Karlie competes on both the hunt seat and western IHSA teams at Murray and serves as an assistant barn manager at the equine unit. Karlie serves as her local ACHA chapter Historian and manages the ISHA teams’ social media which brings together her love of photography, communications, and equine media. Karlie looks forward to helping ACHA increase their social media presence and bring more schools, faculty and students to ACHA.

Megan Carnahan

National Representative – Meghan Carnahan

Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College
Email: [email protected]

Meghan Carnahan is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Livestock Production at Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College. She was born and raised in Avon Park, FL and moved to the panhandle before starting college. Meghan has worked in a hands-on role on a cattle ranch and interned with equine and large animal veterinarians to gain valuable experience. Although Meghan has ridden a variety of disciplines she is passionate about teaching her current horse to barrel race. She hopes to parlay this experience into starting her own boarding and training business on a ranch with horses and cattle. Meghan is the current Vice President of the ABAC Collegiate Horsemen’s chapter. She looks forward to recruiting new schools, faculty and students to ACHA to increase the overall reach of the organization.

The national officers constitute the executive committee of ACHA. To learn more about the duties of the national officers refer to the Constitution & Bylaws, Paragraph I.

ACHA individual members in good standing with a GPA of 2.0 or better are eligible to run for a national officer position. You can apply by  detailing your previous leadership and club experience and an unofficial transcript no later than check-in at national convention. 

Submit your national officer nomination here.


Dr. Chelsea Sinclair

Senior Lecturer of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
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Dr. Crystal Smith

Teaching Associate Professor in Equine Management
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