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Hackamore Classic Intermediate Open Champion
Cayley Wilson hopes the exchange rate will work in his favor when he heads back up to British Columbia at the conclusion of the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity where he won big at the Hackamore Classic. Marking a 440 on Peptosboonshakalaca, owned by Jenta Madsen, Wilson won the Intermediate Open Hackamore Classic and $3,431 and was the reserve champion in the Hackamore Classic Open which was worth $11,201.
"It's a very exciting win. We go to a lot of these shows and there's a very good group of horses here so I'm tickled to be able to compete at this level against some really great horses," Wilson said.
In the herd work, Wilson felt that Peptosboonshakalaca was 'comfortable' when he marked a 148 to have the second highest score.
"It felt like I cut soft cows but everything worked out nice and he had a good look," Wilson said. "My help, Todd Bergen, Boyd Rice, John Swales and Mark Luis, were amazing and I wouldn't have been able to get it done without them."
In the reining, being tidy and clean delivered a score of 146.5 to be second.
"Before I got in the arena I thought the ground was going to be tougher to stop in but he handled it really well and it was a tidy little reining run," Wilson said.
A gentle cow made wowing in the cow work hard to do but Wilson got the job done to mark a 145.5.
"It didn't want to box much and I had a little bit of trouble circling it but I felt like my horse rated pretty good and wanted to listen to me," Wilson said.
Peptosboonshakalaca (Peptoboonsmal x Arosesuchaclatter x Smooth As A Cat) was bought out of the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Sales as a yearling. He has been in training with Wilson ever since.
"He came along nice from the beginning. He was a really nice 3-year-old last year and he's only 4 now so we can bring him here next year again," said Wilson, Abbotsford, British Columbia.
The reserve champion was SJR Reygun (Dual Rey x Playguns King Badger x Playgun) owned by Gary Ewell and ridden by Brady Weaver. They marked a 439 to win $2,745. They also split third and fourth in the Hackamore Classic Open to win another $8,214.