Wayne Latimer - 2018 Reiner of the Year
Presentation by Holly Kowblick, Reining Canada Vice-President
I am honored to be here to present this year’s award to a gentleman whom is firstly a long standing individual within the sport of reining but one that is well rounded in what he’s brought to sport through the horses, the people and of course Reining past, present, and future.
I am pleased to say that Wayne Latimer is this year’s recipient of 2018 Reining Canada Reiner of the Year Award. Wayne has worked, coached and mentored in so many areas of the horse world. It’s been a long time coming in my opinion and I’m happy to be here to be recognizing him for his efforts and contribution to the sport.
Success has come for Wayne in all facets of equine sport. It started at an early age and I believe it’s safe to say he’s a ‘lifer’. It began with rodeo and calf roping and later Quarter horse shows. In 1963 Wayne started doing Quarter Horse shows, travelling from show to show training and showing in attempts to make the next champion. Back then a ‘champion’ was the all-around horse that qualified in halter, pleasure and other categories. It was through that all-around competition that Wayne gravitated to reining. The Latimers were a family to reckon with as not only was Wayne a successful trainer and showman he also proved that his knowledge ran deep demonstrating his skills and the feel it takes to be a great horseman. As we are all aware and fortunate enough this weekend to learn from his sons, two very accomplished horseman themselves Duane Latimer, 2 million dollar rider and Dean Latimer, NRHA Professional and NRHA judge. I am honored to be here to present this year’s award to a gentleman whom is firstly a long standing individual within the sport of reining but one that is well rounded in what he’s brought to sport through the horses, the people and of course Reining past, present, and future.
Wayne has not only contributed to the Canadian reining scene as a trainer and rider but his sons Dean and Duane have also left their mark on the industry. Duane himself was the recipient of the Reining Canada Reiner of the Year in 2006 after capturing the Individual Reining Gold Medal in 2006 at the Aachen FEI World Equestrian Games. Wayne has also been an instrumental part of up and coming Canadian Trainer Amanda Antifaev’s success. Amanda has been riding with Wayne since she was a young youth rider working with Wayne since March 2008.
Wayne has been involved with horses for his entire life and at the age of 78 captured the Reining Canada Western Canada Affiliate Championship title as Reining Alberta’s top Open Rider. Wayne has been in the Canadian horse business for over 50 years. He has made 21 AQHA Champions; Won the AQHA World in Halter in 1978 with the horse Crimson War; Won the Canadian Supreme Open Reining 3 Year Old Futurity on Chics Major Secret and A Chic by Male; Won the Canadian Supreme Open Reining 4 Year Old on Prescribed By Major. Wayne has won multiple NRHA titles including Saskatchewan Stakes and Reining Futurity 3 year old trailer 4 times, the most recent in 2006 on Who Whiz This Kid.