Hall of Fame
He was a STALLION…he was BLACK…and he was a BEAUTY! Sired by the legendary Major Bonanza and out of the Tiger Leo (AAA, AQHA Champion, ROM Racing, Reining and Cutting) daughter, Tiger Rene.
Ridden by Bob Avila, Major Rene was the 1984 Oregon Quarter Horse Association Champion in Senior Cutting. Major Rene’s show career may not have been the page after page computer printout record brag book that we are so used to seeing. He was not a bold-as-brass, in-your-face kind of stallion. He was that elegantly attired gentleman in the black tuxedo famous for his impeccable manners, with champagne glass raised, toasting that most beautiful woman across the crowded room with his eyes. One look from him and you melted.
He lived the better part of his life quietly, serenely going about his business with his beloved mares at MacDonald Quarter Horses in Springbank, west of Calgary. Gordie MacDonald rode Major Rene whenever there was cow work to do on the ranch. Rene was the most powerful horse Gordie has ever ridden. He was a superior athlete, versatile, with a keen mind and sensitive disposition. AND (here’s the clincher) what he did have was that one rare quality that every breeder, whatever breed of horse, prays and hopes for – that their stallion’s bloodline runs true…and true it did. The versatility in performance events and wonderful disposition ran right into the hearts of his sons and daughters. His offspring have been winners in Reining, Working Cow Horse, Cutting, Roping, Cattle Penning, Barrel Racing and Jumping. They are the ones that did their Daddy proud!
His get have won the Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurities in 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1999!!!! Some of his winners include:
Major Dynamo – 1986 finalist in the CCHA Non-Pro Derby and Champion of the 1987 BCCHA Cutting Classic.
Olds Major Doc – 4/5 1989 World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity in Las Vegas; Champion Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurity; Champion Wyoming Snaffle Bit Futurity; Champion Montana Snaffle Bit Futurity; 1990 World Championship Show qualifier in Reining and Working Cow Horse.
Dynamic Major – Finalist 1990 World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada; Champion Billy Miner Days Snaffle Bit Futurity; Champion Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurity; Champion Wyoming Snaffle Bit Futurity. Ridden by Dave Manning in the 1996 Legends in the Fall.
Major Rambo – Tied for 3rd Preliminary Herd Work 1991 World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity, Reno; Champion Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurity; Reserve Champion Wyoming Snaffle Bit Futurity.
Major Scandal – Reserve Champion of the $10,000 Limited Open at the 1992 World Championship Reined Cow Horse Futurity, Reno; Champion Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurity; Champion Canadian Supreme Reining Futurity; Finalist $50,000 Barrel Racing Finals, Calgary Stampede.
Minnie Majors – Champion 1995 Canadian Supreme Reining Futurity.
Society Major – Champion of the 1999 Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurity.
Major Pepinic – son of Olds Major Doc Champion of the 1999 Canadian Supreme Open Snaffle Bit Futurity.
A highlight of the Canadian Supreme for the foals sired by Major Rene would be 1989 when Olds Major Doc, after placing 4/5 at the World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity in Vegas, came back to Alberta and was the winner of the Open and Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurity; Emerald Major and Major Escapade were the Co-Reserve Champions of the Canadian Supreme Snaffle Bit Futurity; and Nikita Major won the Canadian Supreme Cutting Futurity with Olds Dee Bar being third.
Major Rene died peacefully in his sleep March 10, 2003. He will be missed for the outstanding disposition and versatility of his foals.
Thank you for the honor of including Major Rene in this Canadian Supreme Hall of Fame Induction.