Nov. 29, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia has signed one of the top riders in the nation in Mikailla Waltos to the fall 2012 signing class, it was announced today by head coach Meghan Boenig. Waltos will compete for the Georgia’s Western team in Reining.
“I am super excited to have Mikailla join our Reining squad,” assistant coach Mary Meneely said. “Mikailla is a bright, talented, and terrific athlete. Along with her athletic strength she brings outstanding academic vigor to Georgia. She is a fantastic athlete and an incredible individual. I look forward to her carrying on her winning ways and continued success at UGA.”
Waltos, a native of Portland, Ore., is a member of the National Reining Horse Association, The United States Equestrian Federation and the Arabian Horse Association, where she is a national champion in reining. She currently remains the president of her regional Arabian club and promotes equine education and youth involvement.
Waltos is an honors student who is maintaining a 3.90 average at Jesuit High School, the same high school as UGA’s Maria Salazar. Waltos is passionate about her philanthropic endeavors and works countless volunteer hours within her community and abroad. She will be in Ecuador soon for an immersion program gaining valuable experience and understanding.
When not competing, she enjoys traveling, cheering on the Seattle Seahawks, reading and mentoring to young children.