MckKenzie Lantz, Lauren Tieche and Mary Meneely
June 28, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – McKenzie Lantz became the first-ever two-time champion of the National Reining Horse Association Collegiate Reining Championship when she took home the title on Saturday, June 28 at the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Also competing was Lauren Tieche, who finished right behind Lantz, taking home the Reserve Championship, her best showing at the event.
Lantz defeated 11 of the top collegiate riders in the country, posting a score of 145.5, while Tieche notched a score of 145 on her way to the Reserve Championship.
“McKenzie and Lauren rode beautifully today,” Associate Head Coach Mary Meneely said. “Utilizing their skill, timing, talent and collegiate experience, both Lantz and Tieche outshined the nation’s top Reiners. I am extremely proud of these ladies and their representation of what it takes to be a top rider not only at Georgia but also in the NCEA. Competing on an unknown horse with only a five-minute warm up takes the ultimate amount of feel and patience to get the job done. These ladies did just that!’
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.