National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby hosted the North America’s top collegiate riders in the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship. The championship consisted of 12 riders: four from the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), four from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and four selected by NRHA.The
This year, the riders selected from the pool of collegiate NRHA members were Rebecca Murray (Texas A&M University), Lauren Tieche (University of Georgia), Jenna Blumer (Oklahoma State University), Austin Griffith (The Ohio State University).
The NCEA sent its top four reiners from the 2012-2013 season to the championship: McKenzie Lantz (University of Georgia), Katy Krshka (Oklahoma State University), Indy Roper (Auburn University) and Laura Dunlavy (South Dakota State University).
IHSA was represented by riders who placed in top four places in Open Reining at the IHSA Finals: Rebekah Irish (University of Findlay), Blair Childress (North Carolina State University), Leah DiGioia (State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill) and Caleb Roberts (Ohio University Southern).
One entry rose above the rest of the field to win the championship title: Mckenzie Lantz and Spook Goes Hollywood, donated to the competition by Matthew Armenta. They marked a 148 for the win. Lantz will be a senior majoring in sports management at the University of Georgia this coming fall. A native of Fremont, Mich., Lantz represented NCEA in the Championship.
Rebekah Irish (University of Findlay) placed second in the championship scoring 146.0 with Brilliant Guns owned by Charley Thiel.
NRHA and the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHYA) would like to thank the following horse owners who donated their horses for the NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship:
Matthew Armenta – Spook Goes Hollywood
Charley Thiel – Brilliant Guns
Brett Walters – Crank Up The Band
Mindy Truex – Streakin Catalyst
Clark Reining Horses, LLC – Rowdys Pistol
Traci L McDavitt – Per Capita Chex
Gina B Cherry – Jessiesstarlights
Joey B Andrews, Donette Bammann – Smooth Talkin Dan
Torpey Performance Horses – Wunder Bread
Lipps Horse Training – “Joe”
Frank Costantini – Wranglers Derby Dayz
Bill (William M) Bradley – Squeeze Me Lightly
Miller Wade Smith – Hickador