July 3, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – Several members of the Georgia equestrian team have had successful summers, competing, and often winning, at horse shows around the country. Here is an update on how the riders are doing.
McKenzie Lantz took home the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship title, beating out 11 of the top collegiate Reiners in the nation. 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.
Kelsey Thatcher claimed the championship in the A/O Hunters at Lamplight. She also won the A/O Hunter Classic and the High A/O Jumper Classic. Thatcher also placed second at the Weathertech Grand Prix and won a Grand Prix title at the Ledges Horse Show. In addition, Thatcher won three out of five Amateur Owner classes and landed a score of 87 in the first round of the 3’6” Amateur Owner Division at Showplace Productions’ Spring Spectacular II. Completing the second round over Skip Bailey’s derby type jumps, Thatcher scored a 79 for a total of 166 to clinch the win.
Audrey Gallagher was named the winner of the Ariat Adult Medal at both the Atlanta Summer Classic II and the Brownland Farm Summers, scoring an 85 on both rides.
Kendall Fately took home the Ariat Adult Medal at the Brandywine Valley Horse Show.
Also competing at the Brandywine Valley Horse Show was Emily DuPont, who was named the Low A/O Hunter Grand Champion. DuPont also competed at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, winning the Adult Amateur Hunters championship.
Alyssa Mansfield was named the champion at the Wills Park Horse Show.
Incoming freshman Liza Finsness took home the Adequan Grand Prix title at the Atlanta Summer Classic for the second year in a row. Fellow incoming freshman Madison Beasley took home the AQHA Region 10 Title.
Louise Ashley, riding on Georgia’s own Chantal, has been competing all summer in 4-Feet Jumper shows across the country.