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Hackamore Classic Limited Open Champion David Dillman/Playing With Rey

NRCHA  | Published on 10/13/2017
When David Dillman bought Playing With Rey in August of her 2-year-old year, his plan for the mare who'd had just a handful of rides, was to buy, ride and sell. When the youngster proved to be a quick study, the plan changed and just over a year later, she claimed the championship at the Limited Open Hackamore Classic to earn $2,742 for marking a 432.5 on three events.

Playing With Rey (Play Dual Rey x ARC Holly Cee Lena x Smart Little Lena) got her run off to a great start when she marked 145.5 in the herd work.

"This mare is really cow smart and really good on a cow. Everything was smooth. I cut good cattle and I had great help," said Dillman, Calhan, Colorado who went on to mark a 142 in the reining. "The reining was really good. She's really broke and steady and easy to show. She always circles good, she changes good and she runs really good to her stops but I didn't get her run to the stop as good as I'd have liked in the second stop. She's a big stopper and she's got quick feet in the turns."

A 145 on the cow, delivered Dillman the Limited Open Hackamore Classic win. Their composite score also split 14-16 in the Hackamore Classic Open and fifth in the Intermediate Open.

 "She was excellent on our cow. She boxed really good and had a good read on that cow. I left the corner well and she rated. It was a good cow. She made two good turns and circled," Dillman said.

Looking on from the sidelines was Dillman's wife, Reanna Dillman.

"I thought they worked their cow great. Everything came together and that doesn't happen very often," Reanna said. "She has such a good read on a cow that she can get hung up on the shoulder and not get by but she was spot on and went by right on time every time he asked."

The reserve championship went to No Big Dual (Dual Spark x Unos Charm x Smart Little Uno), owed by  Becky Smith and ridden by Robert Smith III. They had a score of 427.5 to earn $2,270.