For the first time ever, nearly half of the barrel races listed among top 50 barrel events paid more than $100,000. Eleven of those paid out more than $200,000. The top four events paid out more than $300,000 each with the Barrel Futurities of America’s World Championships reigning supreme with a nearly $630,000 payoff.
Of the top 50 shows, 36 appeared on last year’s charts. Of those 36, 19 saw increased purses. The greatest gainer was the BFA World with a gain of $260,000.
The BFA’s decision to replace John Wainescott’s Pro Tour Futurity with a slot-race of theirown added $220,000 to the World’s purse. The BFA’s slot-race, dubbed the Super Stakes, was a first-run event for 3-year-olds, but unlike the Pro Tour, the event took 50 entries and paid 10 places instead of taking only 40 entries and paying four holes.
Other events making gains of more than $35,000 over their 2006’s purses were the Old Fort Days Futurity & Super Derby, Run For The Bucks, Silver and Gold Cups, Barrel Racers National 4D Northern Finals, National Barrel Horse Association’s Southern States Triple Crown, the All-American Youth and Valley Girls Barrel Racing Association’s Barrel Daze.
Of the 36 repeat events, 17 shows dropped in purse. Yet, nearly half of those events saw slight only slight decreases of $10,000 or less in total purse.
The two events with the biggest losses in total purse were the American West Finals and Mega. The American West Finals dropped in purse by $94,500. Their entries dropped by more than 400 and their added money decreased by $49,000. The Mega dropped by $84,700. It had $40,000 less in added money than in 2006.
Other events dropping by at least $31,000 in purse were the World Barrel Racing Productions Barrelnanza and the National Barrel Horse Association World Finals.
Of the top 50 riders, the overwhelming majority were futurity riders. Eight of the top 50 were youth riders– Corey Breedlove, who was the leading divisional rider; Mesa Leavitt; Dusty Gilder, the leading youth rider, Tyrney Steinhoff; Dana Haas; Katie Brown; Blaise Bercegeay and Lindsey Bangs.
Sallisaw, Okla., barrel horse trainer Cody Bauserman was Equi-Stat’s overall leading rider in 2007. Bauserman, an Ohio native, rode 15 horses to earnings of $283,526.
His horses include LA Fame, $86,118; VF Red Bully, $62,556; Dennis Ta Menace, $35,934; Ambiance And Alibis, $24,786; Pass The Bubbly, $18,613; Lady La Dash, $15,626; Toptoa Lady, $14,839; VF The Rock Crusher, $7,003; Poncho Streak, $6,676; Dellatte Fame, $3,814; Thisaintmyfirstrodeo, $2,956; Eyes Famous, $2,483; Marshmellow Man (PT), $1,194; BF Shenanigan, $704; and High Flyin Buds, $226. Seven of these horses are ranked among the top 50 futurity horses. VF Red Bully is the No. 1 derby/maturity horse.
Among his major victories in 2007, Bauserman swept the Old Fort Days Futurity and Super Derby. He rode LA Fame to victory in the Futurity and VF Red Bully to victory in the Super Derby. Aboard VF Red Bully, Bauserman also won the Speedhorse Gold Cup Derby, the NBHA World Finals and the NBHA Lightning Round. He won the Run for the Bucks Futurity with Lady La Dash.
Of the top 50 horses, 28 were futurity horses, eight were juvenile futurity horses, four were derby eligible open horse and 10 were straight open horses. The top four horses–Mulberry Canyon Moon, Talents Dark Angel, Bet Or Check (PT) and Hesa Dashing Boone–all won $100,000 first-place checks during the year.
Leading futurity horse Mulberry Canyon Moon (“Macy”) was the richest horse in 2007, according to Equi-Stat. The grey daughter of the Marthas Six Moons out of De Streaker, by Osage Streaker (TB), ran out $180,336 in combined futurity and open earnings for rider Troy Crumrine and owner Michael Boone. Macy was bred by Jim Rod and Pamela Gerhart, Merkel, Texas.
The bulk of Macy’s earnings came from the Lance Graves Pro Classic where she won the $100,000 Invitational Futurity. Her total futurity earnings were $141,713.
In open competition, Macy won the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Sweepstakes for $12,243 and the Champion of Champions Open at the Run for the Bucks for $25,000. Their open earnings totaled $38,623