Jordan Basset ~ Life, Family and Training
27-year-old Jordan Bassett from Dewey, Arizona knows what it takes to be a winner in the arena. The blonde bombshell is the daughter of John Bassett, Hall Of Fame Quarter Horse Racing Trainer who won the All-American Futurity 2x, and Ann Bassett who has a long resume of training outstanding barrel horses. Bassett is also the granddaughter of Joe Bassett who was a World Champion Team Roper and well known Quarter Horse Racing Trainer. With family blood like that running through her veins, it is no surprise that Bassett herself is already a renowned barrel racing trainer at such a young age.
“Horses are in my blood and my family’s life revolves around horses. I went through the ranks of jr. rodeos, highs school rodeos and college rodeos before I started my barrel futurity career,” Bassett explained.
Although Bassett has trained futurity horses for herself the past several years, this is her first year training futurity colts for the public.
“In the past, I have owned the horses I ran. I think it has helped growing up with a father that trained for the public for 40 years. There is pressure involved and I want to do the best that I can for my owners and their horses. When you do, it is a feeling that is unexplainable.”
Bassett states that she is always trying to learn something new every single day and isn’t afraid of going to others for help and guidance if she is hitting a wall.
“I believe that becoming a trainer is all about trial and error. You can learn something new every day and I love picking other trainers brains on what they think. I feel that my program is focused on keeping horses happy and healthy and not using every bullet in the gun before getting to the futurity,” Bassett said.
“I have learned that training colts is like raising teenagers. It can sometimes be an emotional roller coaster and it is all about the timing and praying that your colts peak at the right time. My goals this year are to keep my horses consistent and consistent horses win.”
Over the years, Bassett has had several horses that have helped pave her way to success. A few of those horses are Cocomo Jo, Buggin To Be Fab and the latest superstar in her barn, Mimis On Firewater owned By Butch and Stephanie Webb.
“I have been so blessed over the years to have such great horses and parents that kept me mounted on the best horses they could find.”
The horse that jumpstarted Bassett’s futurity career was Cocomo Jo. He was her first futurity horse that Bassett competed on outside of Arizona. Bassett and the tall, leggy Dash Ta Fame gelding won the PacWest Futurity in 2014 and went on to make about $30,000 and qualified Bassett to the Turquoise Circuit Finals.
“Cocomo Jo was such a blessing. After such a fun first year, I never imagined that I would have another one like that, but so was born Buggin To Be Fab’s and I amazing year.”
Buggin To Be Fab, son of the infamous Frenchmans Fabulous, was a multiple futurity champion and slot race champion, who won over $80,000 his futurity year. Bassett and the beautiful palomino gelding were a force to be reckoned with wherever they showed up.
With the 2017 futurity season just beginning, Bassett has seen more success than ever; and aboard another stunningly beautiful palomino dance partner!
“This year has so far been the year of my dreams. Mimis On Firewater has made over $51,000 in just 2 weeks of the start of her career. It is such a surreal feeling and something that I am truly so grateful for,” commended Bassett.
Bassett knows that the key to success is a healthy and happy horse and one must also do whatever they can to keep their horse comfortable and feeling their absolute best. That is where CoolAid comes into play. CoolAid was born to help the equine athlete alleviate pain, dissipate heat and reduce inflammation. And while CoolAid is looking to be the hottest product of 2017, Bassett is already sold on the product’s ability to help her horses cool down after a workout, and she uses it on every horse in her barn.
“Cooling down your horse is one of the most important aspects that a lot of competitors do not do. Growing up on the racetrack, we always had an ice machine in the barn and ice boots were put on every horse after a race. Ice is such a simple and easy way to prevent and heal injuries on horses and CoolAid has come up with a more simple, fast and effective way to keep inflammations at bay.”
Today there are many products on the market that claim to help reduce inflammation and keep horses cool, and while Bassett has tried many of the competitor’s products, she is completely sold on CoolAid.
“I have tried all sorts of icing therapies and CoolAid is the best that I have ever used! The cold lasts longer and the wraps stay in place and don’t slide down. My favorite CoolAid product is the leg wraps. They give your horse a good cold compression that will stay in place. I also love the blanket because you can use it on hot days to cool your horses entire body or use it to help reduce inflammation and soreness over a horses back,” said Bassett.
Written By: Hope Sickler-Raley