This is the wonderful story of Mighty Flying Major and his life after racing.
He was bred by Lex and Heather Williams from Waimate, prepared for the 2013 Sale Of The Stars by Trent Yesberg and Stacey Markham, and sold for $65,500 to Dunedin owner Steve Thompson.
Mighty Flying Major – Photo Supplied
Mighty Flying Major was trained initially by Ken Barron then Ken and Tony Barron when that partnership was formed.
He won ten races from thirty six starts and was placed another twelve times, banking $139,425.
He last raced in New Zealand in November 2017 running seventh in a Free For All race won by The Fixer.
Throughout his New Zealand career he ran in a number of Group races finishing second in the 2014 Sapling Stakes, fourth in the Sires Stakes Final (2014), third in the Group Two Alabar Classic in Auckland and third in the 2016 Kaikoura Cup.
He was sold to Australia in December 2017 but only started three times there.
The letter below picks up on the Mighty Flying Major story and was passed on to me (Editor) by Lex and Heather who bred the Art Major gelding.
Hi Lex and Heather,
I hope you don’t mind me contacting you but I just wanted to let you know I am the owner of Mighty Flying Major and I wanted to let you know he is well and doing great things in the show world here in Australia.
I was given him by Lauren Tritton after he broke down with a branch ligament injury in January 2018.
I have slowly rehabbed him and started doing some Led classes at shows. Being extremely successful he is currently Australian National Champion High Point Led Gelding 2018/19.
I started him slowly under saddle and in March he did his first show ridden at the Standardbred State Championships, coming home with many Reserve Champions.
Since then he’s done just a few shows, weekend before last winning Supreme ridden Standardbred at his 4th show under saddle.
The weekend just gone has been a major breakthrough as we competed for just his 5th show at The Newcomer Horse of the Year where he is the first Standardbred to qualify for the Southern Cross Show Horse Championships 2020. Very exciting!
Above all those wins I have to say he is just the sweetest and most honest, kind hearted horse.
I absolutely love him to bits and he has a forever home here with me.
I have to thank you for breeding such an amazing boy.
Forgotten Valley Stud