NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship

The University of Georgia's McKenzie Lantz wins the collegiate title at the National Reining Horse Association Derby.

By Marie Klimova
National Reining Horse Association
July 15, 2013

University of Georgia's McKenzie Lantz wins the 2013 NRHA Reining Collegiate Championship aboard Spook Goes Hollywood, Waltenberry photo courtesy of NRHA

Riding Spook Goes Hollywood (owned by Matthew Armenta), the University of Georgia's McKenzie Lantz wins the 2013 NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship, which was hosted at the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City. (Waltenberry photo courtesy of NRHA)

The National Reining Horse Association Derby hosted 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, four from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and four selected by NRHA.
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 of Whitesboro, Texas. Spook Goes Hollywood, a 2008 bay gelding by Smart Spook-Dun By Command by Hollywood Dun It, was bred by Mackie Love, Jr. of Winnipeg, Manitoba. McKenzie and the bay gelding 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, Michigan, Lantz represented NCEA in the championship.
Rebekah Irish (University of Findlay) placed second in the championship scoring 146 with Brilliant Guns, owned by Charley Thiel of Dublin, Ohio. Bred by Wayne and Stacey Jones of Franklin, Kentucky, Brilliant Guns is by
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) and Austin Griffith (Ohio State University).
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 National 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).
NRHA and the National Reining Horse Youth Association 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 – 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