Meet the man behind those “JMK” American Quarter Horses.
James enjoys showing his product to others in the Quarter Horse community. Journal photo.
From The American Quarter Horse Journal
Piano player. Stock trader. Scholarship athlete. Business owner. Philanthropist. Family man.
At some point, all those labels have fit after the initials of J.M.K, aka James Melvin Kifer of Hartselle, Alabama.
Of course, if you’re into American Quarter Horses, you’d add “leading breeder” to that list. Horses with a “JMK” in front of their names have consistently sent James to the top of the list of leading halter horse breeders.
Truth is, it’s difficult to put just one label on James Kifer, and that makes him one interesting horseman to meet.
Man of Many Caps
“I’m not sure who I’m going to be every day until I get up and decide, or I see what the day’s problem is,” James says. “It just depends what kind of cap I’m going to get up and put on, if I’m going to be a farmer or golfer or piano player or horse breeder or trade the stock market or run my machine shop.”
James lives with his wife, Rita, on a 300-acre farm outside of town, about 30 miles south of the Tennessee line. On any given day, you might find him following stocks via the Internet, changing the oil in his tractors, on his bulldozer helping a friend or local church with a landscape project, or foaling out a mare. His breeding, stallion and show barns are just a short walk from the house, and he can see most of the mare pastures from there, too. Read the rest of this entry »