by Samantha EckertThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Rita Crundwell and her yearling stallion, Execute A Score, with their new AQHA World Championship trophy. (Journal photo).
Rita Crundwell has had quite the time at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show. It’s only Day 2 of the show and she has already raked in seven world championships.
As she led in her yearling stallion, Execute A Score, she did so with her signature natural grace and poise.
The 2010 sorrel stallion is no stranger to the winners circle – he was the 2010 open and amateur weanling stallion world champion.
“Last year, we showed him in the Masters at the Congress,” Rita says. “He won there. And then he won the open and the amateur in the weanling class here.”
The competition in yearling stallions was stiff. The class included the newly crowned champion in open and amateur yearling halter stallions from All American Quarter Horse Congress, PF Credibley Supreme.
Execute A Score is by Rita’s multiple world champion stallion, Execute, and out of seven-time AQHA world champion, She Scores.
“He’s out of She Scores,” Rita tears up and says. “It makes me cry because she is one of my favorite mares. She’s just a great mare. She has won seven world championships, and she just has a special place in my heart.”
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There is no doubt that Rita can lead a horse around the show pen, but she also is working on giving back to the people who own Rita Crundwell-bred horses through her own incentive program.
“Well, I just wanted something that would get people involved in the halter. The different halter futurities were put together, and I kind of looked at them and thought ‘Well, they were paying about $20,000, so if were to put all my studs in the pot, it was going to cost me $25,000.’ So that’s where I came up with that number. So I decided to just do that and see how it went over or if it didn’t.”
Right before the placing of the amateur yearling geldings class, Rita awarded Debby Brehm a check for $25,000. Debby earned it for being the highest-placed amateur exhibitor with a Rita Crundwell-bred horse in the weanling halter class. Debby led MTK Shez Elusive to sixth place in the amateur weanling mares November 6.
“We had a really good response this year so we will probably see if it works again next year.”