Championship Competitor – Mike Major

“To me, the Road to the Horse competition is an amazing event that brings horsemen and women together from a variety of disciplines to showcase each one’s unique ability to prepare young horses. It’s about preparing these colts to go on and become the best horses they can be in their chosen discipline,” Mike Major stated. “Road to the Horse takes this knowledge and shares it with the rest of the world and that’s why I’m honored to participate in this coveted event.”

Mike Major has a long list of accomplishments—a reflection of his dedication to his training program. In 2006, Mike Major rode Smart Whiskey Doc to a Working Cowhorse World Championship at the AQHA Select World Championship Show. Then, in 2009 and 2010, he and the stallion won the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Open World Championship, along with the first-ever Battle in the Saddle Ranch Remuda Challenge. Major then rode Black Hope Stik, a daughter of Smart Whiskey Doc, to win the 2010 Project Cowboy and the 2012 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Open World Championship. Major and his wife, Holly, operate their training facility in Bowie, Texas. The couple continually strive to build and improve their horse program, aiming to produce top-quality horses in the performance and ranching industry. 

Although horses are a huge part of the Major’s operations, the ranch is a working cattle ranch. Every year, Mike and Holly Major operate a large yearling cattle operation on the Flying A Ranch and on the Rio Puerco Ranch in Belen, New Mexico. Like the horses, the cattle have always been a main component of all the ranches.  Learn more about Mike Major at

Road to the Horse 2022 takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 24-27, 2022. Tickets are available at or by calling 800-514-3849.