June 30, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Georgia equestrian McKenzie Lantz took home the 2013 NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship title on Saturday, June 29 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
“I am so proud of McKenzie and how she represented the University of Georgia,” associate head coach Mary Meneely said. “Despite her stirrup breaking during the first stop, McKenzie showed why she is recognized as one of the top Reiners in the nation. She finished her ride in championship form, completing the rest of the pattern with style. She is a terrific competitor and really rose to the challenge today.”
Riding fifth, Lantz scored a 148, edging out 11 of the top collegiate Reiners in the nation. Lantz was one of four riders selected to represent the NCEA in the collegiate challenge. The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and the NRHA in the event selected the other eight riders competing.
Lantz was a First Team All-American and All-SEC honoree and was also named the SEC Rider of the Year in Reining. A two-time SEC and NCEA Rider of the Month, she finished the 2012-13 season with a 13-3 record that included four MOP honors. She entered the NCEA Championship on a 12-meet win streak and posted a season-best score of 74 against Texas A&M to close out the regular season before posting a 2-0 mark in the SEC Championship.