by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
On November 5, Pizzazzy Lady stepped into the Jim Norick Arena at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show.
At the shank was owner and exhibitor Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois. The duo had one thing on their mind – to defend their amateur aged mares world championship from the previous year. In fact, they did just that, totaling Rita’s world championships for the day to five.
As she wrapped up the first day of competition at the World Show, Rita was looking forward to the next day, when she would lead “Pizzazzy’s first baby,” Pizzazacute, into the show pen for a go at the amateur weanling stallions world championship.
Like his dam, the sorrel stallion placed first under four of the five judges and second under the fifth judge.
So what was it like for Rita to show Pizzazzy’s first baby?
“It was exciting,” Rita says with a smile. “He was kind of naughty at first; he was afraid of the flowers and the people, but after he settled down, he was good.
“He’s by Execute, a horse that I raised and showed as well,” she adds. “So this win is really extra special for me.”
Execute, a 2004 sorrel stallion by Mr Touchdown Kid and out of Forever Coolest by Coolest, was the 2010 open and amateur performance halter world champion. But Execute’s talents aren’t limited only to the halter pen – he also boasts a Superior in junior heeling.
Pizzazacute wasn’t the only foal out of Pizzazzy Lady in 2011; the mare produced another foal by Execute, one by Mr Touchdown Kid and one by Acoolest.
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“We do embryos (crossed) with all of my studs, just to see how (Pizzazzy Lady) crosses and so far she’s really worked on all of the horses, but she’s such a nice individual that it’s easy for her to produce,” Rita says. “She looks like she’ll be a producer.”
But does it look like Pizzazzy Lady puts more of a stamp on her foals or does Execute?
“They’re both such good individuals,” Rita says. “(Pizzazacute) has got a really pretty hip and is really good in his back. And both (Pizzazzy Lady) and Execute has those same qualities – they’re really good backed and he just kind of looks like both of them.”
Like his dam, Pizzazacute placed first under four of the five judges and second under the fifth judge. (Journal photo).