Stephanie Haymes Roven picked up her first-ever Mercuria Non-Pro win when she piloted Card Trick to a 223.5. The gelding (Lizzys Gotta Player x Moms Stylish Babe x Docs Stylish Oak), owned by Reata Cutting Horses and bred by Drummond Land & Cattle, of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and his rider garnered $10,410 for the performance.
“This is pretty unheard of for me. I am always the check-getter, very rarely the winner,” Roven said. “This horse has given me a tremendous amount of confidence.”
This win moved Roven, of Weatherford, Texas, up one spot to No. 3 in the NCHA Non-Pro World standings. She has ridden Card Trick, Mercedes Smoothe and Im Stuck On You to approximately $37,000 since the beginning of the 2015 season. Her goal is to stay in the top five.
“My goals this year are just to keep showing as well as we did tonight and bring my showmanship up a notch,” Roven added. “I am trying to improve on doing my job every time, and he’s giving me a chance to improve on myself.”
A 222 earned Jeff Barnes, of Wilton, California, and Spookys Cat Deville (High Brow Cat x San Starlight x Grays Starlight) the Mercuria Non-Pro Reserve Championship and a check for $8,213. The 12-year-old homebred gelding boasts lifetime earnings of nearly $200,000, according to Equi-Stat.
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