Reining cemented its place on the world stage this afternoon when 8,000 spectators gave Canadian Duane Latimer a standing ovation as he took individual gold. The Canadian won on a score of 228 after an exciting ride-off against America’s Time McQuay, an unusual occurrence at top-level reining competitions.

The two were equal on scores of 230 after the individual final, meaning each had to ride again. Afterwards, Duane said it had been his “lucky day”.

Duane Latimer (CAN) aboard Hang Ten Surprize. Pictures by Kit Houghton

“My horse is very consistent — but it’s his first major competition,” he said. “The crowd didn’t phase him.”

Tim McQuay, part of America’s gold-medal winning team on Friday, took home silver on a score of 206, and his compatriot Aaron Ralston took bronze.

“My horse is a really good family horse, he keeps coming back and winning competitions,” said Aaron of the 12-year-old Smart Paul Olena.

Britain’s Francesca Sternberg scored 217.5, and although finishing well down the leader board, said she was “delighted” to have been in the final.

Seven weeks ago the Brit had a fall in France which resulted in bruised ribs and concussion, and said it was a miracle she was in WEG.

“But I went in there and thoroughly enjoyed myself,” she said.