June 23, 2014
THENS, Ga. - McKenzie Lantz and Lauren Tieche will represent the University of Georgia at the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship Saturday, June 28 in Oklahoma City, Okla. It will mark the third-straight year that the two riders will have competed in the event. Lantz won the title last year, while Tieche finished as the Reserve Champion in 2012.
Lantz received an automatic bid to compete in the event, having been named the MOP at the 2014 National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship. She finished the 2013-14 season with an overall record of 12-5 and averaged a score of 71.1, the highest average of any Georgia Reiner. She also led the team with seven MOP honors, including one in the NCEA Championship. The Freemont, Michigan native was also named the Southeastern Conference Rider of the Year, an All-SEC selection and a Second Team All-American. Lantz was named the SEC Rider of the Month in February.
Tieche was selected as an at-large participant by the NRHA. She finished the season with an overall record of 11-5-1 during the 2013-14 season. The Ocala, Florida native averaged a score of 69.5 and defeated her opponents by an average of 5.2 points. Tieche also earned two MOP honors during the season.
The NRHA Derby runs for one week each summer in Oklahoma City and showcases the world's best reining horses in the four to six year age range. Thousands of spectators, exhibitors, and horses attend the event each year. The Derby is one of two major events presented by the NRHA each year in Oklahoma City. For more information on this year's Derby, visit www.nrhaderby.com.