by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Three different geldings stood at the head of the judges’ lineups at least once in the amateur 3-year-old geldings class November 5: Employee Number One, JMK Real Deal and Im Sacreds Touchdown.
The overall scoring gave the world championship to Im Sacreds Touchdown, the top pick of judges Steve Lackey and Bill Coffman. The gelding was second under judges Casey Devitt and Greg Hale.
Im Sacreds Touchdown is a homebred for Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, who led the sorrel gelding to her second gold trophy of the day.
Im Sacreds Touchdown is a 2008 gelding by Mr Touchdown Kid and out of Sacred Sierra by Sierra Te. He was a stallion until he was gelded during the winter.
“He only had one testicle,” Rita says. “I showed him as a yearling here, and then I couldn’t show him as a 2-year-old because he hadn’t dropped. This year, he made his debut as a gelding.”
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He had $1,461.56 in earnings before the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show. He’ll receive the winner’s share of the $4,452.45 purse for the class and is pointed toward the 2012 aged geldings class.
“Unless I sell him,” Rita says. “They’re always for sale.”
His dam, Sacred Sierra, a 1997 chestnut mare, was open world champion mare as a 2-year-old and as a 3-year-old. She was third in open and amateur aged mares in 2002. She has produced three world champions and one reserve world champion, and her offspring have earned 1,181 AQHA points.
The reserve world championship in amateur 3-year-old geldings for 2011 was Employee Number One, owned and shown by Vernon Habighorst of Phoenix, Arizona. The 2008 sorrel gelding is by Self Employed and out of Haleys Bling Bling by Call Me Phenomenal. He was bred by Chuck Fairbanks Jr. and was the top choice of judges Casey Devitt and Kelly McDowall.
Third place in the class went to Cristy Heck of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, showing JMK Real Deal, a 2008 sorrel gelding by JMK Supernatural and out of Im So Irresistible by Mr Conclusion. He was bred by Rodger Shabel of Decatur, Alabama, and was the top pick of judge Greg Hale.
Im Sacreds Touchdown and Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, won amateur 3-year-old geldings.