James Melvin Kifer of Hartselle, Alabama, and JMK Bodacious won 3-year-old stallions at the 2012 Adequan Select World.
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by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
James Melvin Kifer and JMK Bodacious have been knocking on the door of an AQHA world championship for years. On August 26, they realized that dream and walked out of the Amarillo National Center toting a gold trophy.
“It’s never too early to win,” said the Hartselle, Alabama, horseman and long-time leading breeder, referring to his early morning win at the 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
As the fog rolled in, surrounding the Sunday morning halter competitors and their slicked-out American Quarter Horses, James reminisced on the legacy that has unfolded from his stallion, JMK Supernatural – sire of JMK Bodacious.
“It’s hardly ever that I keep one this long – I show babies,” James told the Journal during his Journal Winning Run interview. “But he’s so nice that we’ve kept him this long.”
JMK Bodacious, a chestnut stallion, is a great specimen from James’ breeding program. Out of the Enlightened mare JDK Why Not Me, JMK Bodacious has been difficult to let get away, James said.
The 3-year-old stallion’s accolades include a fourth-place finish at the AQHA World Championship Show in amateur 2-year-old stallions, a third-place finish in amateur yearling stallions and an amateur yearling stallions reserve world championship.
JMK Bodacious is just one of JMK Supernatural’s many winners; his offspring have earned five world championships and eight reserve world championships, and JMK Bodacious’ win adds one more to that total. JMK Supernatural’s 67 point earners have won 1,898.5 points combined, plus nearly $55,000 in AQHA World Show earnings.
“I raised him from a baby and he’s N/N – I’m always proud of the N/N’s that have the halter look,” James said. “All of the ‘Supernatural’s’ can be N/N and still have that kind of rippling, muscle look and thighs and pretty, pretty backs to them.
“(From his dam) I think he got a really pretty neck and head. She has such a pretty neck and head; the length of neck that came from the Enlightened side.”
For James, every win is just as sweet as the first.
“It’s always great,” James said. “It’s hard to say because I’ve won quite a bit of things, but every one is like it’s the first time.
“It’s just a rush, especially if you’ve raised it from a baby.”