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Givens' Time Is a Winner

David Morris Published: December 11, 1996

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Ember Givens sat in the State Fair Arena stands, watching rider after rider bolt from the gate and return sporting a time slower than her's.

Givens, riding Jet A Beam, earned a $1,679.04 paycheck for 15.457 seconds of work. Her win came in the first go-round of the Derby at the 11th Annual World Championship Barrel Racing Futurity, Sweepstakes and Derby at State Fair Arena.

It marked her first Derby win in Oklahoma City.

"It feels good," Givens said. "I was hoping, but I didn't know if I would do good. I just tried to be smooth, calm and focused. If I move a lot, it scares her, so I have to be quiet.

'Jet A Beam is consistent and she tries hard. She gave me a really smooth ride today. Once you are smooth, the time comes. Being smooth comes from calmness, being ready and focused. When you're smooth, you're fast."

Oddly enough, Jet A Beam might feel more at home in the fairgrounds than Givens.

"I got her two years ago when I was in Oklahoma City," Givens said. "She likes this pen really well."

Jet A Beam, a six-year-old mare of Jet Of Honor, was trained by Ed and Martha Wright.

"I call her 'Reba' because she's a red head from Oklahoma," Givens said.

An owner of five horses, Givens will ride Jet A Beam's half-sister, Elvira, an eight-year-old mare, in the Sweepstakes.

Derby entries are limited to five or six-year-old horses, while the Sweepstakes entries can be any age.

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