Performance Profile: IVY JAMES--Top 5 Fastest Qualifier to the BBR World Finals Short Go

The 2019 BBR World Finals in Oklahoma City was a great success for 7 year old Ivory James daughter, IVY JAMES, and owner/trainer Kim Slemp of Gracemont, Oklahoma. They secured a 4th place win in Race 1, running a 15.338 in the Jim Norick coliseum to win $2,143. BBR World Finals, notoriously known for its large volume of entries, was no different this year. Of the 3,340+ qualifying runs, Kim and “Ivy” ran the 5TH fastest time of all qualifiers and made it back to the short go amongst some of the best horses and trainers currently running today.

Even though this team is just getting started on their career, they’re no stranger to winning barrel races and running with tough competition. The weekend before BBR Finals, they won a race in El Reno, OK with 144 riders. Prior to taking a break this winter, they placed 2nd out of 150 in Vernon, TX, 2nd out of 335 in Shawnee, OK, and 1st to win the 1D Buckle at a big race in Chickasha, OK.

After BBR Finals, Kim was kind enough to answer a few questions about Ivy.

Can you tell us a little about Ivy's history and how you came to own her? I bought her as a 2 year old in race training at Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Her owner had a heart attack and was selling his 2 year olds.

How is her personality? Trainability? Strengths and weaknesses? Ivy is so sweet and is always willing to please. I believe her greatest strength is that she is really fast and powerful! I honestly can’t think of a weakness… She will give me 100% every time. Most of the time, if we have a bad run, it’s because of me not riding her right!

What is one short term goal and one long term goal that you have for yourself and Ivy? Short term, I would say, is to go to several races and get our timing down a little better. Long term is to maybe go to some American qualifiers and a few pro rodeos.

What is your favorite thing about Ivy? She is so loyal to me. We have a special bond. She’s level headed and has a BIG heart!