2012 Select World
by Allison GraysonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
In his short time owning JMK Absolute, Emil Searcy of Mount Vernon, Indiana, could not be happier with the results.
JMK Absolute placed third in the weanling stallions class at the 2011 Bank of America Amateur AQHA World Championship Show with James Melvin Kifer.
Emil and “Lute,” a 2011 palomino gelding by JMK Supernatural and out of the Entitlement mare Entitled Cool Lady, became a team in December of 2011. They’ve had a successful string of wins ever since.
“Mr. Kifer sold him to me a month or two after he got back from the open world,” he said in his Journal Winning Run interview. “We’ve had (him) out three or four times.”
“(Lute) is really a great horse,” he said. “He hasn’t been defeated yet.”
The success continued in the yearling geldings class at the 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show. Emil and Lute are leaving with the gold trophy.
“I think I have tears in my eyes,” he said of his winning run. “If I don’t, I should.
“(We) came here hoping to be in the Top 10, and I saw there were nine, so I was hoping for the Top 5,” he continued. “When we got down to the Top 2, I said, ‘Oh my… maybe we won!’ ”
During Emil and Lute’s first trip to the Adequan Select World, Lute managed to stay calm in the show ring.
“We are really, really proud of him,” Emil said. “He stood better than maybe I thought he would.”
Emil credits his trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Chris Arentsen, for much of his and Lute’s success.
“If it hadn’t been for Chris, we probably wouldn’t be here,” he said with tears in his eyes.
Emil also thanks his family and friends for helping with the win:
“We’re with a wonderful bunch of people, clients of Chris," he said. "Thanks to Mr. Kifer for selling the horse to us. Thanks to Anna Marie (his wife of 57 years), for standing by me.”
Buy class videos on DVDs or as digital downloads from Equine Promotion. You can buy individual runs and complete preliminary and finals classes. Pricing information is available at aqha.com/selectworld and at Equine Promotion’s booth on the Amarillo National Center Concourse. This year’s webcast sponsored by Zoetis is free – simply go to aqha.com/selectworld.
Emil Searcy of Mount Vernon, Indiana, and JMK Absolute win the yearling geldings class at the 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show.