Smart Whiskey Doc Dies

Multiple world champion and sire Smart Whiskey Doc died October 21.

Ranch Horse Journal

World Champion Smart Whiskey Doc. PHOTO: Journal Photo

Multiple world champion and sire Smart Whiskey Doc was euthanized October 21 due to cancer-related health concerns, reports Western Horseman magazine.

The 18-year-old stallion was owned by AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major and his wife, Holly, of Bowie, Texas, since he was a yearling. The stallion was bred by the Scott family’s S Ranch Ltd of Custer, Montana, and is by Paddys Irish Whiskey and out of the Smart Little Aleck mare Smart Little Carol.

Smart Whiskey Doc earned his first AQHA world championship in 2006, when Mike – who had not yet become a professional trainer – captured the amateur working cow horse title at the AQHA Select World Championship Show.

The pair stepped into open competition and were open reserve world champions at the 2008 AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships.

They then captured the VRH world champion title for two years in a row, becoming the first horse to become a repeat AQHA VRH world champion.

Smart Whiskey Doc went on to become the first AQHA VRH world champion to sire an AQHA VRH world champion when his daughter, Black Hope Stik, carried Mike to the trainer’s third AQHA VRH world championship in four years.

The bay stallion was third in open ranch riding at the AQHA World Championship Show, and in 2015 was the Stock Horse of Texas all-around world champion. He ultimately earned 177 AQHA points and more than $20,000 in competition.

As a sire, he has 129 registered foals that have performed across disciplines that include reining, cow horse and ranch competitions. In addition to Black Hope Stik, who was also the 2015 AQHA VRH amateur world champion with Holly aboard, he is also sire to Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals winner Riskey Irish Whiskey and Ranch Horse Association of America champion Gray Hope Stik.

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