He rode 11 futurity horses last year, seven of which are among the top 50 futurity horses.
His top horse, LA Fame, is the No. 4 futurity horse, and her full sister, Lady La Dash, who ran in the $100,000 Champion of Champions Futurity at the Run for the Bucks, is No. 42. Both mares are by Dash Ta Fame out of LA Cassia, by Lucky Aces N Eights. He is the first futurity rider to win two futurities on full sisters in the same year. LA Fame won the Old Fort Days Futurity and Lady La Dash won the Run for the Bucks Futurity.
Bauserman, 35, was the leading rider overall with total barrel racing earnings of $283,526. He was the leading derby/maturity rider with $31,251 and ranked 20th among divisional riders with $19,605.
A native of Ohio, Bauserman grew up with horses. His father, Russ, who worked in construction, operated a small boarding facility and did a little horse trading on the side. Although his mother, Elaine, wasn’t involved with the horses, she helped support Cody financially after she and Russ divorced.
“I started running barrels when I was 7 or 8,” Bauserman recalls. “I had a pony that I did walk-trot with an older sister. I just started out trotting the barrels on that pony.”
He got his first “real” barrel horse when he was 11 or 12.
“That first horse cost $4,500, which was a lot of money for a horse back then,” he says. “He won one of those automatic-type horses. He won a lot locally but was out of it when you went off to the big stuff.”
Bauserman’s true education as a trainer began when he made the transition from youth competitor to open rider.
“It was a drastic change for me from youth to open,” Bauserman says. “It was a struggle for about three to four years. I was buying $2,000 horses and trying to train them and make them better. I just kept riding those hard-knocking horses that no one else would mess with.”
In 1997, Bauserman got his big break with the stallion, Nik Dell, who is owned by his longtime girlfriend, Stephanie Frei. Bauserman’s handling of the stallion impressed Talmadge Green, who paired him with the mare Likely Fuel.
The ornery, but wickedly fast mare got Bauserman his first futurity win at the Country Boys before making him a household name in the barrel racing industry with a then-record-breaking win at the Old Fort Days Futurity.
“She didn’t want to turn the first barrel,” Bauserman recalls, “but I got her to work for a couple of months. One of the times she just happened to turn a good first barrel was at Fort Smith [Old Fort Days].”
Bauserman’s career earnings now stand at $1.1 million.
“It takes a lot of outstanding horses to accomplish something like that, and I would like to thank their owners –Sharon Bryant, Victory Farms, Anthony [Willy Bear] Barresi and Lori Weitz, Donna Morgan, Ashley York, Rhonda and Buddy Straw, Charles and Nita Brock, Junior and Teresa Follin, Carolyn Uhler and the numerous other owners who have given me the opportunity to try their young horses,” Bauserman says.“I also want to thank my sponsor, Bar F Boots, for keeping my horses’ legs safe and protected. Lastly, but most importantly, I would like to thank all those behind the scenes–Stephanie Frei, Denny Dawson, McKay Equine Hospital and Dr. Trent Stites, Brad Mulligan [blacksmith], Sallisaw Equine Clinic, Dave and Barb Kelly [equine dentist], Brian Ford, Dwight and Destry Graham [blacksmith] and Jackie, Brad and Bailey Nash for taking care of all the horse while I’m on the road. Thank you all so much.”
TOP 100 RIDERS ALL AGES ALL DIVISIONS
1. CODY BAUSERMAN (OK) $283,526
2. TROY CRUMRINE (OH) $252,132
3. LESLIE A SHUGART WILLIS (SC) $208,298
4. KAY BLANDFORD (TX) $173,135
5. KENNA SQUIRES (OK) $159,753
6. LANCE GRAVES (OK) $130,419
7. KASSIE M MOWRY (OK) $120,274
8. KELLY ANN YATES (TX) $108,818
9. LATRICIA DUKE (TX) $95,095
10. JOLENE LYNNE STEWART (OK) $94,095
11. MARNE LOOSENORT (KY) $90,733
12. DANYELLE CAMPBELL (CA) $85,160
13. COREY BREEDLOVE (TN) $79,914
14. BO HILL (KS) $73,699
15. BRETT MONROE (GA) $72,363
16. CHRIS COFFEY (KY) $65,400
17. MESA LEAVITT (IA) $56,980
18. SUSAN R SMITH (ID) $52,865
19. ALONA JAMES (OK) $51,319
20. DUSTY GILDER (MO) $44,904
21. JIMMY CAGLE (TN) $44,778
22. TYRNEY STEINHOFF (OK) $43,987
23. TERRI WOOD GATES (UT) $40,731
24. KEITH (KEBO) ALMOND (GA) $40,583
25. TALMADGE GREEN (SC) $39,767
26. KENDAL OWEN (OK) $38,380
27. JANNA BEAM (OK) $37,118
28. JAMIE COOK (CA) $35,507
29. CRAIG W STRITZKE (WA) $35,117
30. BRITTANY POZZI PHARR (TX) $33,109
31. DANA R HAAS (MS) $32,542
32. KATIE BROWN (TN) $32,446
33. RYAN LOVENDAHL (TX) $31,051
34. CHARLOTTE L CUNNINGHAM (TX) $30,827
35. CINDY L SMITH (NM) $28,384
36. RAYLEE A EDWARDS (CN) $28,360
37. MICHAEL ADAM ROPER (VA) $27,985
38. TODD HOLDER (KY) $27,038
39. BLAISE BERCEGEAY (MS) $26,776
40. ADDISON G WADDELL (OK) $25,494
41. JAMIE HODGES (GA) $25,198
42. RE ANN ZANCANELLA (OK) $25,160
43. KELLI TOLBERT (UT) $25,087
44. SABRA O’QUINN (FL) $23,935
45. CHRIS DODD (IL) $23,495
46. P J BURGER (OK) $23,396
47. CHARMAYNE JAMES (TX) $21,581
48. LINZIE WALKER (WA) $21,084
49. LANITA POWERS (OK) $21,044
50. LINDSEY BANGS (WA) $20,997
Grand Total $13,948,387