After 32 years in the manufacturing business and the last 20 years as the President of Bass Pro, Jim Hagale’s post-retirement life is anything but typical, thanks in part to a conversation with daughters, Jamie and Jennifer. “I guess two years ago or so they came and said, ‘Dad, we want to start showing [horses] again,’” recalls Hagale. “So, we got back into it—started a little bit kind of slowly and then I guess over the last year, it’s really developed.”
At around 8 years old, twins Jamie and Jennifer began showing horses in regional competitions in and around southwest Missouri. “And then one thing led to another, and they want to go to bigger shows, and they wanted hotter horses and here we are,” he says. Things changed for the family with the acquisition of their stallion, Mamage, who just passed away in December at the age of 32. “That horse really changed everything for us back in the, I guess, early ’90s,” Hagale says. “He’s a stallion, and he brought a lot of national champions. So, he was a really important catalyst for us in terms of really getting committed and much more involved.”
The Hagale family’s return to the world of Arabian horses began with the purchase of a few horses before making their largest—and arguably most impactful—purchase: SF Aftershoc +, one of the leading sires in the Arabian breed.
“That kind of changed everything for us when we bought him 18 months ago or so,” says Hagale. “He’s kind of the new catalyst. He’s very, very well known in the breed. He’s siring a lot of national champions and reserve national champions.”
Although SF Aftershoc + hadn’t been in the show ring for a decade, in February of 2021 the family decided to show him in the Liberty Class at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. SF Aftershoc + received two perfect scores by all five judges.