Duane Latimer Wins Bronze

Duane Latimer. Photo Courtesy: Kalina Rutledge, Equine Canada

Duane Latimer of Bienfait, SK won the individual bronze medal today at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), which are being held in Lexington, KY September 25–October 10, 2010. Latimer had a great run riding Dun Playin Tag, Lance Griffin’s Canadian-bred six-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, to a score of 222.5, securing the bronze medal finish. “It feels great to do something for your country. Parts of our run were really, really good,” said Latimer, who just started working with Dun Playin Tag in April to prepare for WEG. “I thought my horse ran his large fast circles awesome, and he stopped great three times out of four. We stayed clean today, and he was very good.”

Shawna Sapergia. Photo Courtesy: Kalina Rutledge, Equine Canada

Shawna Sapergia of Cochrane, AB, and This Chics On Top, a seven-year-old bay Quarter Horse mare owned by Outrider Ranch Ltd, received a score of 218.5 to finish in eighth. “My first stop was amazing and her back up was great. We had a little bobble in our second spin, but she was trying her absolute hardest out there. I don’t think I have ever run her that hard or asked that much of her before. She was there for me every step of the way,” said Sapergia.

Medal Presentations for Reining. Photo Courtesy: Jenn Webster

The gold medal was won by American Tom McCutcheon riding Gunners Special Nite, and the silver medal went to Craig Schmersal, also of the United States, and Mister Montana Nic.  “We are enormously proud of Duane and Dun Playing Tag.  Their performance was truly world class, and has upheld our country’s record of medalling at every World Equestrian Games Reining Championship ever held,” said Akaash Maharaj, CEO of Equine Canada.
For more information on the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, including live results, please visit www.alltechfeigames.com.
For additional information on the CRC and its programs, including selection criteria, please visit the Equine Canada website at www.equinecanada.ca or e-mail reining@equinecanada.ca.

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