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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.

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