Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Picture- 2006 FEI Reining Gold Medalist, Duane Latimer

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 

announced today.  

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 

President, WCRA 

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. 

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