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Ranch Horse Versatility
Ranch Horse Versatility A Winner's Guide to Successful Rides

Written by multiple American Quarter Horse Association world champion Mike Major, Ranch-Horse Versatility helps prepare you to participate in the equine world's fastest growing event, no matter which competitive association you prefer. Major's training tips can improve your horse's performance in all aspects of ranch-versatility competition, and the expertise he shares, gleaned both in the show arena and from real ranch work, can help polish anyone's horsemanship skills.

Maybe you compete in versatility ranch-horse events or plan to meet that challenge and want to take advantage of every opportunity to polish your performance. Perhaps cattle work can put a fresh perspective on your riding program, or you simply want a handy, responsive horse, no matter what your day’s ride might bring. 

Whatever your interest in Ranch-Horse Versatility, Colorado horseman Mike Major is uniquely qualified to provide the information to take your horse program to the next level. A rancher by profession and a competitor by choice, Major has developed the horsemanship expertise to be successful in both venues, in large part because he draws no real distinction between his show horses and ranch horses. A Major Cattle Company horse might well work on the ranch today and compete in the arena tomorrow, a dual-purpose approach that has proven successful.

Major and his stallion, Smart Whiskey Doc, have claimed multiple national titles—American Quarter Horse Association 2006 Bayer Select Working Cow Horse World Champion, World’s Greatest Versatility Horse at the National Versatility Ranch Horse Association 2008 and 2009 National Finals, and AQHA 2009 and 2010 Versatility Ranch Horse Open World Champion. Plus, in 2010 Major rode Black Hope Stik, a daughter of Smart Whiskey Doc, to become the inaugural Battle in the Saddle Ranch Remuda Champion and the first Project Cowboy Champion.

 American stock-horse associations were founded on the backs of such talented horses, and versatility competition has brought a renewed appreciation for these all-around athletes. In his book, Major shares how he develops such responsive, maneuverable horses. His understanding, how-to tips and thoughtful insights in Ranch-Horse Versatility can help you sharpen your skills to ride effectively, compete successfully and show your horse to advantage. Copyrighted Review:-

A great guide to this ever growing sport, this book will help you to succeed at this sport. Mike major does an excellent job of providing you with all the tools and information you need to develop your horse with lots of great photos and illustrations throughout. There is a clear and concise layout, the writing is very good and very easy to follow and understand, and importantly, very engaging. A great title.

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About the Author
Mike Major, ranch-raised in New Mexico, grew up working cattle and riding everything from race horses, saddle broncs, and bulls to cutting and roping horses. As a result of that varied experience, training horses for ranch-versatility competition was a natural progression—and the results have been impressive. Major and his stallion, Smart Whiskey Doc, have earned three AQHA world championships in cow-horse and versatility competition, including the 2009 and 2010 Versatility Ranch Horse Open World Champion titles.


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