Skip to content

Equine Obituary - JFK




Three-time World Grand Champion, JFK passed away October 6, 2017 at Nelson Animal Hospital and was laid to rest at Cedar Tree Farms in Hamilton, Alabama. The 27 year old stallion was a legend in his own time. Sired by Pride's Generator and out of the top producing Count's Silver Lining, breeder Ray Beech of Belfast, Tennessee rightfully expected great things from JFK from day one and great accolades he would achieve. 

After claiming top honors in his show ring premier with Wink Groover in the irons, JFK was purchased by the partnership of Kilgore and Castleman and place under the direction of trainer Billy Gray. In his inaugural campaign, JFK would culminate an undefeated  show season with the title of Two-Year-Old World Grand Champion. JFK was purchased by Willam and Sandra Johnson following his two year old season and placed under their heralded Waterfall Farms banner where he would remain for the next two decades. JFK's accomplishments only escalated under the Johnson's ownership. As a three-year-old, JFK once again found himself undefeated and under the spotlight claiming the title of Three-Year-Old World Grand Champion. Continuing this pattern of success, JFK subsequently claim yet another World Grand Championship as a four year old with Tim Gray in the saddle. 

With his show ring legacy firmly cemented in Walking Horse history, the Johnson's choose to forego JFK's aged career and fulfill the wishes of so many by placing JFK directly into the breeding barn. JFK quickly rose to the top of the breeding world becoming a popular choice for even the most selective breeders. Over the next two decades, JFK produced over 50 individual world champions that claimed hundreds of world and world grand championship titles including show ring stars Mr. Heisman, John FK's Pusher, John FK's Delight, JFK's Monopoly, Oh My Darlin, Mistress, Lil Wayne, JFK's Irish Dream and a host of others.  

 In his golden years JFK was purchased by John Fikes, Roger Richards Jr., and Michelle Cranford to stand stallion at Cedar Tree Farms in Hamilton, Alabama where he was clearly a farm favorite maintaining front stall status with his best friend and companion Joe the goat.  

JFK will be greatly missed by Cedar Tree Farms and would like to give a special thanks to vet Jamie Nelson and Mike Farley for comforting JFK when he needed it most.

More Stories

  • Trainers gather for pre-Fun Show meeting

    A light crowd of about 20 gathered for the annual pre-show meeting among members of the Walking Horse Trainers’ Association at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Blue Ribbon Circle on the Celebration grounds. The meeting served as the official opener of weekend events in conjunction of the Spring Fun Show.  Read More
  • LIVE from Spring Fun Show

    The Report will be providing LIVE coverage from all three nights from the Spring Fun Show on ReporTV this weekend. Highlights from the show will be posted the following day. There will also be LIVE results and judges' cards. Read More
  • EP outbreak doesn’t include TWHs

    A recent outbreak in Equine Piroplasmosis (EP) in Middle Tennessee has not been reported to include walking horses, although horses located in Bedford County are among the 22 horses that have tested positive for the blood parasite... Read More
  • Bedford County To Get New Upscale Community Designed For Adults 55 and Up

    H Global Investments and American Home Inc., announce plans to develop new community geared toward adults desiring luxury living with an eye toward their retirement years. Fieldstone will be situated on property located along Highway 231 North and Midland Road... Read More
  • FAST awards grant to Arab Football Booster Club Summer Classic

    FAST is pleased to announce that they are awarding a $1500.00 Grant to The Arab Football Booster Club Summer Classic. This show will be June 15, 2019, and is put on by The Walking Horse Association of Alabama. The FAST Board voted unanimously to approve this grant request. Read More
  • Palmetto Saddle Club Show rescheduled

    The Palmetto Saddle Club Horse Show, originally scheduled for May 18, has been rescheduled for November 2, 2019. Read More
  • WHOA Spring Classic at Harlinsdale Farm

    The Walking Horse Owners Association Spring Classic will be held this Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10 am at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee. This is a dress code show and concessions will be available. Read More
  • Alexander, Blackburn introduce Legislation to Protect the TWH tradition

    United States Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) today introduced legislation to protect the Tennessee Walking Horse tradition... Read More
  • Third Graders Meet the TWH

    Third grade students from Thomas Magnet Elementary School in Shelbyville, Tennessee toured the city of Shelbyville last week with one stop being the Celebration grounds. Celebration CEO Mike Inman spoke to the kids explaining the significance of the Celebration to the local economy... Read More
  • NCWHLA Show canceled

    The North Carolina Walking Horse Association Ladies Auxiliary Show, scheduled for May 11, has been canceled due to weather.  Read More