Good I will be - he's true to his name! this talented stallion  WINS his THIRD straight honor roll & stars in a new video

This 3x World Champion just added a new honor to his list with the 2009 Honor Roll win in Amateur Performance Halter Stallions - his third straight! With so many accolades already to his might wonder what's next for this show ring superstar? Well Rita Crundwell and her team have sounded the answer loud and clear with this new web video.


Second World Champion for Execute when I execute class takes home the gold at the 2009 World

Rita Crundwell showed her homebred filly, I Execute Class, aka “Classy,” to the win in amateur yearling mares on Thursday, November 12, at the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show. It was Rita’s last of three halter classes for the day: She also won reserve in amateur weanling mares with Call Me Acoolest and placed fourth in yearling stallions with Im Sacreds Touchdown. The filly's not done with her world championship aims - AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney of Cherryville, North Carolina, will show Classy in the open yearling mares class on Saturday, November 21.


- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Becky Newell


Acoolest takes home his first Amateur Aged Stallion CHampionship and sixth World Title

Acoolest is the coolest in Rita Crundwell’s eyes. And it's not just because he won the gold trophy in amateur aged halter stallions on Wednesday, November 11, at the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show, or because it's his sixth career world title. It's because she bred and raised him – she has known him since before he was born and that's when their bond was formed, a bond that has been nurtured during the four years she and her trainer, AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, have shown the 4-year-old sorrel stallion. And now, Rita is getting to know his babies – the first crop of his foals are yearlings, and she can't wait to see how they show.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Becky Newell


Good I Will Be take home his third world championship

Good I Will Be probably needs no introduction. The big bay won the first amateur performance halter stallion world championship in 2007, defended his title in 2008 and has come back to win it again in 2009. Not bad for a 5-year-old. But don't think of him as a one-trick pony -- er, one-trick 16-hander. "Willy" competed with his owner, Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, in the amateur hunter under saddle earlier this week and will be competing in junior hunter under saddle next week. If Rita has her way, by next year, he'll be qualified in even more events next year. Rita spoke with the Journal just moments after winning amateur aged stallions with Acoolest and performance halter stallions one more time with Willy.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Larri Jo Starkey, Field Editor



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For the fifth year in a row, Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, won the Oklahoma City Leading Owner Award at the 2008 AQHA World Championship show. Her 54 entries earned 191 points in the award tally.

Rita led her horses to seven amateur World Championships: Acoolest, 3-year-old stallion; STKS Coolest, yearling gelding; Good I Will Be, performance stallion; Jewel By Execute, weanling gelding; Subtle, yearling stallion; Bob Bob Barann, aged mare; and Shes Promiscuous, 2-year-old mare.

When asked her what the show’s highlight was for her, she mentioned her homebred Acoolest doing so well, especially winning unanimously under all five judges in the amateur, and her aged mare, Bob Bob Barann, finally earning a World Championship.

“All of them, it was kind of like a fairy tale,” she said, “Unbelievable. A lot of their mothers and fathers, I showed and won with. Now I’m showing their get. It’s been really extra special to me.”

Anyone connected with Rita knows how much she cares for her horses and the people who take care of them for her, from AQHA Pro Horseman Jim McKillips and the folks back home who take care of her Meri-J Ranch to the trainers across the country who train the hunters, halter horses and all-around horses and the veterinarians who handle the breeding.

One visit to her stalls at the World Show or any big show will tell you her horse operation is truly a family.

“It’s a great group behind us,” Rita said. “It’s a big undertaking, and we’re fortunate to have really good people.”

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Christine Hamilton, Field Editor


ACOOOESt - now a five-time World Champion

In 2006, Acoolest was the unanimous World Champion yearling stallion. In 2007, he was the World Champion 2-year-old. This year, with AQHA Pro Horseman Ross Roark at the shank, he was named World Champion 3-year-old.

Acoolest was also the amateur World Champion 2-year-old and swept the board in amateur 3-year-old stallions, placing first with all five judges with owner Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois.

Acoolest is out of Rita's three-time World Champion mare Attest who was bred by Percott Co.

This will be his second year to stand at the Meri-J and he already has an exciting foal from on the ground.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Larri Jo Starkey, Copy Editor


RITA CRUNDWELL Takes Home New Amateur World Championships

It was like a lucky pull on a slot machine during the 2008 Amateur World Championship Show for Rita Crundwell. Her lucky number for the week was 7...7 World Champions that is. Plus, 5 of these 7 World Champions are homebred by the Dixon, Illinois native.

Top honors went home with Rita in:
Amateur 2-Year-Old Mares
Amateur 3-Year-Old Stallions
Amateur Performance Halter Stallions
Amateur Weanling Geldings
Amateur Yearling Stallions
Amateur Yearling Geldings
Amateur Aged Mares

Prior to the 2008 World Show, Rita had bred 11 World Champions; as an amateur exhibitor, she had earned 20 World Championships. 



Rita Crundwell opened November 14, the last day of amateur halter competition at the 2008 World Show, with another World Championship, this time in amateur yearling geldings with her homebred STKS Coolest (left). She led horses in two additional classes before taking the win in amateur aged mares with Bob Bob Barann, a mare she bought to eventually be a broodmare. Her last class of Bank of America Amateur Week, Rita led the mare around with her to throw her signed World Champion t-shirts to the crowd. "I’ve wanted to buy The mare for a long time. Finally, last year Jim Miller sold her to me. I actually flew him out here to watch me show her, and I ended up reserve. And he was tickled. We just called him to tell him I was World Champion, and he was crying. (She laughed.) It was very cool," says Rita.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Christine Hamilton, Field Editor


WF TWO THUMBS UP daughter takes home repeat gold

Eight former world champions were among the 15 finalists in open jumping November 16. Only one of them would go clear. In fact, only one horse went clear at all on the difficult Mike Christian-designed course. That was PRF Hitchn Fora Ride, sired by WF Two Thumbs Up and ridden by Hilary Carrel of Sheridan Wyoming. The pair earned gold honors in 2007 for their performance. "She’s a good jumper. She’s gone double-clean almost every class she’s gone in." says Hilary. Hilary's mother Nancy Carrel owns the 2001 chestnut mare.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Larri Jo Starkey, Copy Editor



Jewel By Execute, a son of Rita’s multiple World Champion mare, Jewels By Tiffany, took home the amateur weanling geldings World Champion title.

"He’s out of my good mare, Jewels By Tiffany, which I showed, and he’s by Execute. It was the first baby for both of them this year. He was born early, he was an embryo, and he just looked like he’d be a nice horse. He was N/H, so we cut him. He just kept coming, so we showed at the (All American Quarter Horse) Congress, and he did very well there. I won the amateur (weanling geldings) there, and he was second in the (Congress Halter Masters colts/geldings) division. We just had a really good show there. He got a little sick, but then he came out of it so we decided just to bring him here," says Rita.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Christine Hamilton, Field Editor



Another Mr Touchdown Kid son took the win in amateur yearling stallions. Subtle, is a N/N son out of Phenomenal Ms, one of Rita’s multiple World Champion mares.

"I also raised him out of Phenomenal Ms, who is also a several-time World Champion. We showed him just at two shows to get qualified so he was kind of unbroken, and by the end of the class he was mad, just ticked off and wanted to get out of there. (She laughed.) He’s a very nice horse, pretty correct. If somebody wants to buy him, I’ll sell him, otherwise we’ll keep him and breed him." says Rita.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Christine Hamilton, Field Editor


A REPEAT win for shes promiscuous Sired by MR TOUCHDOWN KID

Shes Promiscuous was the 2007 yearling mare World Champion. She is sired by Mr Touchdown Kid and out of multiple World Champion She Scores. This special mare is bred by Rita Crundwell and it was a meaningful win for the seasoned show champion.

 "It's very special to come back two years in a row. I showed both her mom and dad, and I raised her so it's extra special.." says Rita.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Lauren Sciba, Journal Intern


Good I Will Be repeats his title for the second year in a row

Good I Will Be made history in 2007 as the breed's first World Champion Amateur Performance Stallion. In addition to the inaugural win, he also took home the triple crown with a Congress Championship and Year-End High Point win. This year he returned to Oklahoma City to defend his title, and that is just what he did with near perfect results. The bay stallion earned four first and 1 second to take home the World Championship for 2008

"Good I Will Be (Willy) is extra special because I showed him in the hunt seat, too, the other night, and ended up sixth," says Rita.

- excerpt from AQHA's online World Show Coverage by Lauren Sciba, Journal Intern


Execute sires his first congress champion

Jewel By Execute, a son by Execute and Rita’s multiple World Champion mare Jewels By Tiffany took Congress Champion Amateur Gelding honors.

Earlier in the week Buddy Laney also led the young colt to Reserve Congress Champion honors in the Masters Weanling Gelding class.

Watch for this youngster headed to the World Show in Amateur Weanling Geldings.

Find out more about his World Champion sire Execute in our stallions section.

Good I Will Be earns double congress gold

Good I Will Be continued his winning year with two Congress Championships. Trish Yamber took him to top honors in the Open Congress Hunter Under Saddle Maturity.

and Rita Crundwell rode him to a win in the Limited Non-Pro Hunter Under Saddle Maturity.

Find out more about this Congress Champion, World Champion and High Point Champion in our stallions section.




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