AQHA Ranch Versatility World Champion Mike Major Takes Top Honors at Road to the Horse 2022

Road to the Horse 2022 made its triumphant return to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena for the first time since 2019. Master colt-starters Brandi Lyons, Mike Major, Pat Parelli and Glenn Stewart treated fans to an educational journey and an amazing display of horsemanship as they formed partnerships with horses from the 6666 Ranch. Ultimately, Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, took home top honors claiming the World Championship of Colt Starting title and his share of the $125,000 purse aboard YELLOWHOUSE CANYON (#8, Jesses Topaz x Last Call For Gin, by Bet Hesa Cat)

“Every moment was magical,” stated Texas horseman Mike Major. Major let his horsemanship take priority throughout the competition. “I let the horse lead me to where we’re going. It gets easy, when you listen to the horse and let that horse tell you exactly what you need to do next. Road to the Horse is such a great production and this win means a lot to me.”

Mike Major claimed both Round 1 and Round 2 victories receiving a $5,000 bonus for each round win. Canadian horseman Glenn Stewart displayed a strong finish on Championship Sunday, adding a $5,000 Round 3 bonus check to his earnings. In total, Mike Major finished the event with $85,000 in earnings. Glenn Stewart finished in second place, adding $20,000 to his $5,000 Round 3 winning, for a $25,000 total payout. Pat Parelli was awarded $10,000 for his third-place finish and Brandi Lyons, $5,000 for her fourth-place finish.

The Road to the Horse 2022 Remuda from the 6666 Ranch featured eleven three-year-old colts, representing the world’s best AQHA bloodlines. Brandi Lyons selected the red roan gelding GUTHRIE MAYOR (#3), Pat Parelli picked NATURAL STYLISH (#11), and Glenn Stewart selected METALLIC WRAPPER (#2).

Additionally, Dr. Glenn Blodgett was tasked with the honor of selecting the Jack Brainard Horsemanship Award Winner, in memory of the late legend Jack Brainard. Dr. Glenn Blodgett selected Mike Major of the recipient of this inaugural award for his outstanding ability to observe, analyze and apply horsemanship methods that best suited his colt.

“Road to the Horse 2022 was packed with talent. From our Championship Competitors, to our entertainers and guest clinicians, fans were treated to world-class horsemanship from start to finish,” stated Morris Equine Group President Tina Battock. “It was a privilege to watch each horseman and woman perform. The event was an amazing reflection of everyone’s unyielding love of the horse.”

Complete Road to the Horse 2022 scores are available at Road to the Horse 2023 takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 23-26, 2023. Tickets are available at or by calling 800-514-3849. Follow Road to the Horse on Facebook for the latest information.

About Road to the Horse
Founded in 2003, Road to the Horse strives to inspire people to reach a higher level of horsemanship and develop unity with a horse based on trust and not fear. We believe that through education and entertainment, we can change people’s ideas and create a better world for the horse. The purpose of Road to the Horse is to identify the superior colt starter who accumulates the highest score throughout the competition. Judging focuses on the competitor and the effectiveness of their horsemanship methodology to communicate, educate, and build a partnership with their colt based on trust. Fans witness the entire journey, from colt selection to the final obstacle challenge. Purchase tickets and see the event schedule at

About Morris Equine Group
Morris Equine Group consists of some of the industry’s most recognized brands, including Western Horseman, Quarter Horse News and Barrel Horse News. The group also includes business-to-business publication Western Lifestyle Retailer and EquiStat, a statistical service offering detailed information and earnings for the performance horse industry. Morris Equine Group is also home to the Nashville Stampede, the National Barrel Horse Association, the West Coast Barrel Racing Association and the World Championship of Colt Starting, Road to the Horse.

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