Performance Profile: GOODNESS AND MERCY - Qualifier to 2020 American Semi-Finals!
Jordan Harrell and GOODNESS AND MERCY are no strangers to the pay window. The grey mare is by Ivory James and out of the Royal Quick Dash mare, Royally Streak. After a successful futurity season in 2018--ending the year by winning 6th in the first go of the BFA Futurity and 6th in the average--the team came back for a strong Derby season placing 2nd in the consolation round (just behind Tiany Schuster and Toast To Dirtydashin) at the 2019 Old Fort Days Derby. They have continued to have a successful 2019--consistently clocking in the 1D across the country and qualifying for BOTH the 2020 Jr. American Semi-Finals and the 2020 AMERICAN Semi-Finals! We thought it was time to catch up with Jordan and learn a little more about her incredible mare affectionately know as "Ivy."

Can you tell us a little about her history and how you came to own her? Ivy started out on the track and was later consigned to the Heritage Place sale. Mikey Callahan bought her and just a few days later we were headed to his house in Union, SC to pick her up. She started her futurity out great winning her first barrel race in February of 2018. She won multiple races back to back including the No Bull Grand Slam 1st and 2nd go in Lexington, VA out of over 400 horses. Ivy has exceeded our expectations ever since!

Tell us a little about: her personality, trainability, strengths and weaknesses, something interesting that others may not know unless they spent time with her (if anything), etc. Ivy has a great personality! She's sweet and loves attention. Ivy was extremely trainable as a 3 year old. She was put on the back burner and not ridden consistently. Every time I got back on her, she was the same horse which is hard to find in a young horse. She's always been an overachiever with the want to win. 

What is one short term goal and one long term goal that you have for the two of you? My short term goal will be run her in the BBR Derby this December and possibly the Old Fort Days Derby next year since she seems to like that pen. My long term goal is to make her a solid, consistent, and long lasting open horse.

What is your favorite thing about her? My favorite thing about Ivy is her heart and grit. She's sweet, but she means business as soon as she steps foot into a holding pen. She wants to win as bad as I do and gives it her all every run.