AQHA Recognizes Local as 50-Year Breeder – Mike Major

The American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo – The American Quarter Horse Association honored this year’s 50-year breeders at a ceremony September 25 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo. Mike A. Major of Bowie, Texas, was honored as a cumulative breeder.

Each year, AQHA honors breeders who have dedicated their livelihoods to maintaining the integrity of the American Quarter Horse. These horsemen and families see their biggest accomplishments and proudest moments in the horses they breed.

“What has intrigued me has always been the horses,” Mike says. “They have been a big part of my life and it’s neat to be able to have horses that go back to some of the horses that we started with when I was a kid.”

This year, the honorees included 13 legacy award winners and 11 cumulative award winners. Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years. Cumulative breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 years cumulatively.

“Fifty-year breeders are the backbone of the American Quarter Horse industry,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “They have dedicated so much of their lives to the American Quarter Horse, and they make the vision of our founders a reality through their knowledge and dedication.”

Honorees ranged from people who have bred American Quarter Horses for reining, racing, cutting, ranch and rodeo. All have dedicated 50 years to taking their best and making it better.

For more information on the 50-year breeders, visit


Photo courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal. From left to right: AQHA President Ralph Seekins and Mike Major. 

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