by Laura StevensThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Rita showed I Execute Class to the top today on three judges’ cards, earning her the world championship.
The 2-year-old mare was the 2009 open and amateur world champion yearling filly. “We started out great!” Rita said.
Rita and I Execute Class, whom Rita calls “Classy,” have a winning history; Rita bred the bay mare. Before that, she showed both Execute, the filly’s sire, and Im About Class, the mare’s dam.
Im About Class, a 2003 mare, earned Register of Merits in open and amateur halter. She had multiple top ten placings at the AQHA World Championship Show, including a 4th place finish in 2005 in the open 3-year-old mares.
Classy’s sire, Execute, kicked off the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show with a win in amateur performance halter stallions. The sorrel stallion will show next week in the heeling, with AQHA Professional Horseman Clay Logan of Granbury, Texas.
It will be a busy few days for Rita and her string of homebred horses. She’ll show several more Execute offspring this week.
“I’d have to thank everybody,” Rita said. “Because everybody pitches in and helps!”
‘Everybody’ includes her trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Jim McKillips, AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark, and AQHA Professional Horseman Clay and Connie Logan.
Next year, Rita plans to show “Classy” again. “I’m sure if I don’t sell her then I will show her again,” Rita said, smiling.
Rita Crundwell and I Execute Class