by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, showing Sacreds Executionist to the 2011 amateur 2-year-old mares world championship. (The American Quarter Horse Journal photo)
To say the new amateur world champion 2-year-old mare, Sacreds Executionist, comes from a good family is a bit of an understatement.
Leading halter breeder and exhibitor Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, showed the mare to the title November 5 in the first finals class of the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show. At the 2010 World Show, Rita showed the mare to the amateur yearling mares title.
Sacreds Executionist’s dam is Sacred Sierra by Sierra Te, who won open world championships at 2 and 3, and was youth reserve world champion aged mare in 2003.
Rita purchased Sacred Sierra in 2003 and has raised 16 foals out of her, to date. Three have earned world championships, one a reserve: Hez Sacred (2006, by MH Supremo); Sacreds Package (2008, by The Package), Sacreds Executionist (2009, by Execute); and Sacreds Supreme (2006, by MH Supremo).
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“She’s worked on all of (the studs we’ve bred her to),” Rita says. “The 3-year-old gelding I showed today was out of her, but by Mr. Touchdown Kid. I breed her to all my studs and just switch them back and forth – we’ve been really lucky.”
Yet another of the mare’s get showed in the November 5 halter finals – Sacreds Supreme with Josh Weakly in the amateur aged mares, finishing third.
Rita also bred, showed and still owns the mare’s sire, Execute by Mr Touchdown Kid-Forever Coolest by Coolest, a multiple world champion stallion. His most recent titles were the 2010 open and amateur world championships in performance halter stallions; he also qualified in senior heeling at the 2010 World Show.
Sacreds Executionist is the first Execute foal out of Sacred Sierra.
“She’s fun to show,” Rita says fondly. “We just call her ‘Sacred,’ she’s a little, baby Sacred.”
Watch for Little Sacred during Fed Ex Open Week with AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney of Cherryville, North Carolina.