Shown in every class from halter to hunt seat equitation to trail, Majestic Scotch earned multiple year-end top five placings in all divisions.
Majestic Scotch was foaled in 1994 in Iowa, born to be a show horse.
For years, he dominated the show pen at an elite level in every division. From 2002 until 2010, he earned 10 world championships in western pleasure and western riding, along with seven reserve world championships in those classes, plus showmanship. His first Youth World Championship title was earned in 2003 in western riding with Amanda Addy Gerald aboard.
The flashy sorrel gelding was a son of One Scotch Delight and out of the Two Eyed Punk mare Two Eyed Natches, bred by Donald and Jean Bangasser of Ackley, Iowa.
In 2005, “Dickie” won a youth world championship title in western riding with Sharnai Thompson of Pilot Point, Texas. They went on to combine for three more gold trophies in youth competition and two reserve world champion titles.
“When we bought him, he really just did the pleasure and the western riding,” Sharnai says. “We added a few other events and took our time with that. He was every girl’s dream, and we went on to do great things, but the fact is, he was a great horse when we bought him. He was my dream horse.”
In his lifetime, Majestic Scotch earned 3,848.5 points in all divisions, 13 Superiors and $60,276.68 through the AQHA Incentive Fund. “Every person who has been near him has been successful, and he made a lot of people’s dreams come true,” says AQHA Professional Horseman Jason Martin. “We’ll probably never come across another one like him that can be so successful in western riding and pleasure and love his job like that.”
Dickie’s last trip to the World Show was in 2010, when he was fifth in amateur western riding. He had been Select world champion in western riding just two months earlier. He retired in 2012 to Sharnai’s home, where his many demands for peppermints were graciously granted.
“He made me who I am today,” Sharnai says. “It transferred to my career and education. Dickie taught me how to win and that if you’re second, it’s OK to be mad and take that and make yourself better. Winning isn’t everything, but he made me live to a higher standard.”
He was euthanized February 14, 2013, and is buried at Highpoint Performance Horses. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2017.
Biography updated as of March 2017.