Following team silver and individual gold at the last World Equestrian Games in Aachen, the Canadian Reining Committee (CRC) has named the riders who will be aiming for the podium once again in Kentucky.

The riders, who were chosen after a head-to-head selection trial, are:

  • Lisa Coulter
  • Duane Latimer
  • Shawna Sapergia
  • Vernon Sapergia

Coulter will be riding Western Whiz, a seven-year-old Quarter Horse gelding owned by Robert Thompson. Coulter represented Canada at the 2009 Reining Kentucky Cup CRI 4* held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, where she won individual and team silver.

Latimer, the current FEI Reining World Champion, will be looking to defend his title riding Dun Playin Tag, Lance Griffin’s Canadian-bred six-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. Latimer also posted the score that secured Canada the team silver medal the 2006 World Championships in Aachen.

Shawna Sapergia, team and individual silver medalist from the 2002 Jerez WEG, will be riding This Chics On Top, a Canadian-bred seven-year-old Quarter Horse mare owned by Outrider Ranch Ltd.

Shawna’s father, Vernon Sapergia, will be making his Canada reining team debut at the World Equestrian Games riding Its Wimpys Turn, a six-year-old Canadian-bred Quarter horse mare also owned by Outrider Ranch Ltd.

“Without a doubt, we have four outstanding athletes and horses representing Canada reining at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. We should feel confident that we will have a place on the podium,” said Bob Thompson, chair of the CRC.

“We are very lucky to have such a strong, talented and experienced team, and we are looking forward to an exciting and tough competition,” added chef d’équipe, Wendy Dyer.