by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, led Im Sacreds Touchdown to the world championship in 3-year-old geldings. (Journal photo)
Im Sacreds Touchdown was on a roll at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show. The flashy sorrel gelding by Mr Touchdown Kid and out of the highly successful mare Sacred Sierra by Sierra Te rounded up two world championships at the event.
“He was fit by (AQHA Professional Horseman) Jim McKillips of Meri J Ranch,” says AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas. “They asked me to show him here and, of course, I think he’s a very good individual, so I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity.”
Im Sacreds Touchdown captured the amateur 3-year-old geldings world championship with owner and breeder Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, during Bank of America Amateur Week.
Back in 1999, Ross led Im Sacreds Touchdown's dam, Sacred Sierra, to the 2-year-old mares world championship. After that, the rest was history: she was crowned the 3-year-old mares world champion and 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.
“I won the world with Sacred Sierra here,” Ross recalls. “She was a special mare. She was a good mare.
“No,” he retracts. “She was a great mare. Chip Knost showed her the next year and won it, and her offspring are doing good.”
Ross says that the mare’s success and also that of her offspring speaks highly of Rita’s breeding operation.
“She’s an (awfully) good mare in a great program. They do the right things and have good studs and they get started on them early and that’s why they have so much success,” he says.
When it comes to Im Sacreds Touchdown, Ross says that the gelding has all of the parts that make a world champion.
“I think he’s just a balanced, overall, pretty horse,” Ross starts. “He’s very good on his feet and legs. He has no issues. You can’t really just pick him and say that you don’t really like this horse here or there. Like I say, he’s very balanced, he’s pretty, he’s low-hocked and jointed. And then being a (sorrel) with three white legs, that catches their eye also.”
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Ross was doing well on November 17 at the World Show. In addition to Im Sacreds Touchdown, he also led Obviously OT and RPL My Te Cheerful to world championships.
“I just want to thank Rita for letting me have the opportunity to show horses like that,” Ross says of Im Sacreds Touchdown. “It’s competitive out here right now and you want to get your hands on the best individuals, and I was just fortunate to get the opportunity to show him.”