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Major League Passes Away



Major League, 12-year-old stallion, owned by Carolyn Rutner passed away Wed., Nov. 11, 2004 on the way to Dr. Ed Murray with a twisted colin. The stallion had colic on Tuesday and was taken to a veterinarian where he spent the night. He appeared fine for a while and then the pain returned. He died before he made it to the operating table.

The beautiful chestnut stallion is best known for his recent wins with Carolyn Rutner of Northport, Alabama. He was shown by Carolyn Rutner in 2003 and 2004 with many wins including blues at the Bedford County 4H Harvest Festival, the International, Mississippi State Charity, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and multiple wins at the Alabama Jubilee two consecutive years. Jack Way and 5-Way Farms of Tuscaloosa, Ala., have trained Major League since his purchase from Jo Ann Dowell of Canton, Ohio.

At the recent Alabama Jubilee held the end of October, this team captured both the WHAA Amateur 50 Years and Over and the Amateur 50 and Over Specialty classes.

Previous to this, Major League was shown by both Sue Ann Dowell and Tim Gray. Major League was the 1997 Four-Year-Old Stallion Reserve World Champion with Gray. Major League also claimed Championship Stake victories at the Maury County Charity in Columbia, Tenn., and Woodbury, Tenn., as well as numerous amateur victories along the way. Major League was also one of the industries premier breeding stallions. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Jack Way said they appreciate the phone calls and support they have received since his death.

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