2011 Select World

3-Year-Old Geldings

He bounced right back.

Rita Crundwell and Il Be A Touchdown

Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, and her 2011 Select world champion in 3-year-old geldings, Ill Be A Touchdown. (Journal photo)

Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, won the Select world championship in 3-year-old geldings with her homebred bay Ill Be A Touchdown. He’s a son of Rita’s stallion Mr Touchdown Kid and out of HH Ill Be Great by Cluevosity.

Rita led the gelding to the 2010 amateur reserve world championship in 2-year-old geldings, but this is his first Adequan Select World Championship Show.

The horse is fit by AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney of Cherryville, North Carolina.

“He really is a neat horse to be around, good minded,” Buddy said. “He’s headed to the (AQHA World Championship Show) in the open (in November).

“He tried to die on us, in the summertime,” he added. “He stayed at (North Carolina State University) for about two weeks, but snapped right back.”

It was Rita’s second halter world championship at the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show – her first was in performance halter stallions with Good I Will Be.

Rita’s goal is to show homebred world champions, but she is even more satisfied watching one of her homebreds earn a world championship for someone else. To that end, she’s founded a new breeding incentive program for Meri-J Ranch homebreds.