With a score of 431.5, Kelby Phillips rode Carico Blue Boon to win the Limited Open Hackamore at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Hackamore Classic, held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado.
Phillips and the 4-year-old stallion marked a 144 in the rein work, and a 140 in the cow work. The win netted owned John Filippini, of Crescent Valley, Nevada, a check for $2,100 and a C.R. Morrison plaque. Carico Blue Boon is by Duals Blue Boon out of Midnight Blue 001.
"The reining was pretty good. He did well and stopped big. He might not have circled as well as I wanted him to but he was still pretty good," he said. "The cow work was definitely not as good as he is capable of - but we'll work on that and be better next time."
Phillips, who won the Limited Open Hackamore on Carico Blue Boon at the NRCHA Stakes, works as an assistant trainer for Zane Davis. "I thank Zane, Don Murphy for all his help, and John Fillipini for givining me the opportunity to ride this horse," he said.
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