The reining community and the rest of the world lost a very special man on March 29, 2013. At the age of 82, Dr. Archibald (Arch) C. Wagner of Livingston, MT, succumbed to a seven month battle with cancer. Arch moved to Montana from Virginia when he was 60, after a successful career as a radiologist. He started Reining shortly thereafter and owned the well-known AQHA stallion Sailor Sam Silver. “Sammy” was immortalized by the scarecrow freestyle routine that can be found on Waltenberry’s “Most Outrageous Freestyles” tape.
Arch spent nearly 20 years involved in Reining and was a board member for the Yellowstone Reining Horse Association as well as the Montana Reining Horse Association. He especially loved showing in the freestyle classes and supported and loved the sport of Reining and his horses until the very end. Arch was also an author of several short books, essays, and poems. His humorous piece called “The Rhyme of the Ancient Reiner” was published in the February 1994 issue of the NRHA Reiner and is attached below. An avid fly fisherman and accomplished banjo player, Arch was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Wagner (1995), and is survived by his wife Gwen of Livingston, MT, four children (Susan, Amy, Stuart, and Alec), two grandaughters (Claire and Montana), and stepdaughter, Melanie Handl.