West Coast Classic Will Welcome WEG Finalists!
The members of Team Canada, who will compete at the World Equestrian
Games in Kentucky in September will be chosen at West Coast Classic, it was
This means that reiners such as NRHA Futurity Winner and Million Dollar Rider
Duane Latimer may well be competing at our show this year. Duane won the
Individual gold medal at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. After winning the
Junior Reining at the 2009 AQHA World Show on Shiners Lena Dust, he said
he’d like to take the 6-year-old to Kentucky to defend that title. If he wants to do
that, he and his horse will have to come to Heritage Park in July!
WCRA’s West Coast Classic has been chosen as Canada’s World Equestrian
Games Selection finals, Sharon Hall learned in a phone call today from Ottawa.
After WCRA voted at its AGM in November to make the pitch, Sharon got busy
and put together a first class proposal that EC found too good to turn down.
The World Equestrian Games, at which all the FEI disciplines decide their
World Championships at one time and place, were first held in Stockholm in
1990. Like the Olympics, WEG happens every four years and it wasn’t until
2002, in Spain, that reining was included for the first time—the only western
discipline that has a place in the FEI world.
This year the games come to North America for the first time, to the newly
refurbished Kentucky Horse Park, and Canadian reining will have its best
opportunity ever to showcase itself to the world.
Reiners who want to represent Canada at WEG in September have to first
qualify by obtaining a score of at least 68 at three CRI competitions. Then they
must vie for the coveted team positions at the Canadian WEG Selection finals.
Each rider can compete on up to three horses.
So – we’re over the first hurdle. We’ve won the bid. Now we need to roll up our
sleeves and get to work. Fund raising is going to be “Job One” so start thinking
about what you can do, and how you can help. We look forward to hearing from
you and to working together with everyone in this great club, to make this show
a tremendous success.
~ Kathleen Keating
This is the WCRA's premier show. The 100 Mile Sliders Chapter is pleased to offer up an Air Ride Saddle Pad as a prize to the winner of the Beginner A WCRA class at this year's show.