American Collegiate Horsemen's Association


Sammy Travis President

National President – Sammy Travis

Texas A&M University

Sammy Travis Jr. is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in equine studies at Texas A&M University. Sammy comes from Calhoun, Louisiana where he carries on a family legacy of horsemanship. He grew up an avid equine enthusiast and comes from a long line of cowboys. During his time at TAMU, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and served as the head trainer for Parsons Mounted Cavalry. After graduation, Sammy plans to complete a Masters of Agriculture at TAMU and wants to open an equine facility focused on horsemanship skills development. Sammy is looking forward to expanding the ACHA organization locally and nationally through advocacy and policy.

Brooklyn Laws VP

National Vice President – Brooklyn Laws

West Virginia University

Brooklyn Laws is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal & Nutritional Sciences with a minor in equine studies at West Virginia University. She was born in Oceanside, California, but was raised in the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio. She discovered her love and passion for horses through her family members that showed competitively. Brooklyn started riding at the age of 8 in hunters and jumpers. She also showed in IEA for her middle school and high school career. Brooklyn serves as President of her local ACHA chapter. She plans to attend Physician Assistant school  to specialize in cardiothoracic or transplant surgeries. Brooklyn looks forward to encouraging a positive atmosphere in the horse industry and hopes to get more students involved in ACHA locally and on a national level.

National Secretary – Haley Maro

North Dakota State University

Haley Maro is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science and Human Development with a minor in equine assisted therapies at North Dakota State University. She is from Monticello, Minnesota and grew up showing in 4H and in The North Central Morgan Horse Association. Haley competes on NDSU’s Western IHSA Equestrian Team and serves as captain. She also is the Treasurer for her local ACHA chapter. She looks forward to continuing to improve and widen outreach to other schools in the Midwest to encourage them to get involved in ACHA.

Rachel Widmaier Treasurer

National Treasurer – Rachel Widmaier

West Virginia University

Rachel Widmaier is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Nutritional Sciences at West Virginia University. Rachel grew up in Cambridge, Maryland and has been riding and showing horses since she was 5 years old in many disciplines including barrel racing, eventing, and more recently ranch riding and reined cow horse events. She was very active in 4-H up to the national level. Rachel works at a vet clinic when she is not in school and has found a passion for equine performance and sports medicine. After graduation, she plans on attending veterinary school and eventually owning her own practice. Rachel looks forward to fostering new relationships in the industry and growing ACHA.

Kevonna Isakson Dir of Comm

National Communications Officer – Kevonna Isakson

North Dakota State University

Kevonna Isakson is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design, as well a minor in equine science at North Dakota State University. Along with her Bachelor’s degree, Kevonna will receive a certificate in Advertising and Design at NDSU. She grew up on a farm between two small towns called LaMoure and Litchville, North Dakota. While she didn’t grow up with horses, she now gets to have those experiences by being a part of the NDSU Collegiate Horsemen’s chapter. Kevonna is the Secretary of her local ACHA chapter. After graduation, Kevonna plans to work in equine media in hopes of managing social media accounts or performing graphic designs. Kevonna looks forward to helping ACHA increase their social media presence and hopes to recruit more schools, faculty, and students to the organization.

Meghan Carnahan Representative

National Representative – Meghan Carnahan

Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College

Meghan Carnahan is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Livestock Production at Abraham-Baldwin Agricultural College. She was born and raised in Avon Park, Florida and moved to the panhandle before starting college. Meghan has gained hands-on experience as she has worked on a cattle ranch and a small animal clinic, as well as 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 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. Katheryn Cerny

Associate Professor of Animal Science
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Tara Swanson

Senior Lecturer in Animal Sciences
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