by Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, takes the amateur performance halter stallions championship. (Journal photo)
An interesting leasing experiment eight years ago turned into a world championship November 10.
Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, led Touchdown Cali to the gold trophy in amateur performance halter stallions at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.
In her winning run interview, Rita told the Journal that she leased some mares from Terry Stevers of Sulphur, Oklahoma, including a Skipper W-bred mare named Cali Accord.
“I leased Terry’s mares for two years, and I got all the colts out of them, then I put them in foal, and he took them back,” Rita explains. “This horse is from one of the first crops. He’s by Mr Touchdown Kid, and he won the 3-year-old halter here last year in the open and the amateur.
“Then we took him out and showed him in the western, and we’ve got trail points and western pleasure points to get his ROM.”
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Touchdown Cali’s dam, Cali Accord, is by Cordero. She also traces to Skipper W on the bottom side. Her quality of movement is what prompted Rita to cross her on Mr Touchdown Kid.
“Mr Touchdown Kid is such a good mover himself as an individual,” she says. “His mother is really a nice individual. She has a lot of muscle, and we thought it would be a good cross.”
Touchdown Cali placed at the top of three judges’ cards in the finals November 10.