JFK’s Top Aide was laid to rest on March 15, 2010, following a severe bout with colic. This talented nine-year-old blue roan gelding was raised and buried at the home of owners Dick and Sally Reiley of Lewisburg, Tenn. He was foaled on June 21, 2001.
JFK’s Top Aide began his show ring career under the guidance of Scott Benham. As a two-year-old, he won six blues with either Benham or Sally Reiley in the irons. As a three-year-old he also won six blues in California and Florida, sometimes in aged classes. In 2005, he returned to Tennessee and was shown successfully in performance, show pleasure and limited performance (now park performance) classes. He showed exclusively in the park performance division in 2006 and won his reserve world championship that year. Under the guidance of Jackie Bryom he continued winning in this division. Last season he claimed six blues and ended the season by winning the Amateur Park Performance at the Southern Championship.
JFK’s Top Aide will be missed by his family and fans, but he left many wonderful memories behind.