Playing With Rey and trainer David Dillman landed in a familiar place at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Derby – getting their picture taken after winning the Limited Open Championship.
“She’s just been really consistent,” said Dillman, of Calhan, Colorado. “She won the Limited at the Hackamore Classic, and then the Limited at the Cow Horse Classic Derby at the World Show, and she’s just been good.”
He and the 2013 mare by Play Dual Rey earned the win on Saturday, June 16, with a composite of 645.5 (214 herd/215 rein/216.5 cow). They collected a first-place check of $4,078, bumping her lifetime Equi-Stat record to more than $24,000.
Although her barn name is “Sunshine,” the mare owned by Dillman could be nicknamed “Miss Consistency.” The mare bred by Rancho Picante Quarter Horses is always the same, doing the best to do whatever her rider asks, Dillman said.
“If something goes wrong, it’s usually my fault [for] not getting her to the right spot,” he said. “She just tries really hard every single time. Anything I tell her to do, she does.”
Dillman, who switched from reiners to cow horses in 2010, operates out of facility roughly 80 miles from Denver. He plans to continue to show the mare in derby classes, including in August at the Colorado Reined Cowhorse Association Mid-America Classic.
“I don’t think she owes me anything anymore,” he said. “So, anything else is just kind of icing on the cake.”
Playing With Rey is one of two money-earners out of ARC Holly Cee Lena, a daughter of Smart Little Lena out of Hickorys Holly Cee (by Doc’s Hickory). ARC Holly Cee Lena’s other earner, Hot Little Rebel, is a 2012 son of Walla Walla Whiz with an Equi-Stat record of $1,975 in reining.
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