Horse Trainer Mike Major

Photo courtesy Road to the Horse

Horse trainer Mike Major cannot remember a time he was not horseback. At the tender age of seven, he broke his first colt and quickly fell in love with the challenge training presented. With a deep understanding of a horse’s mind, the patience to teach and a strong attention to detail in the show pen, success has followed Major throughout his career.

“It has been great,” Major said of his accomplished career. “I have met a lot of neat people. It has been fun, of course, success makes it fun. I think you learn how to win, but it’s not about beating anybody because I don’t think I have ever competed against anybody other than myself. You just have to be very diligent on everything you do in a show pen.”

His list of accomplishments includes the 2009 and 2010 American Quarter Horse Association Open World Championship Versatility Ranch Horse title on his 1999 bay stallion, Smart Whiskey Doc. Major also claimed the 2010 Battle in the Saddle Ranch Remuda Challenge and the 2012 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Open World Championship on Whiskey’s daughter, Black Hope Stik. Most recently, he was named this year’s Road to the Horse winner, but it all began on his father’s ranch north of Magdalena, NM.