by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Rita Crundwell and Execute
“I wanted him to have a chance,” says longtime breeder and exhibitor Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois. “Him” is her homebred stallion Execute, a 2004 son of Mr Touchdown Kid and out of Forever Coolest by Coolest.
For the last three years running, 2007-2009, Rita has won the amateur performance halter stallions with her homebred stallion Good I Will Be. She qualified both “Willie” and Execute for the 2010 finals, and when it came down to which stallion to show, Rita decided on Execute.
It was a good decision - Rita led the horse out of the pen with the 2010 world championship in amateur performance halter stallions.
She showed Execute to the 2005 world championship in amateur yearling stallions – the same year she showed his embryo-flush twin brother, Coolest Touch, to the reserve in yearling geldings. Rita also showed Execute to the 2006 reserve 2-year-old stallions title.
After his halter championships, Rita sent Execute to the roping pen.
“He was always very handy and so correct and balanced,” she says. “We ride all the horses, halter horses or not, and he seemed like he had a lot of ability. We just thought we’ll try something different so we sent him to (AQHA Professional Horseman) Clay and Connie Logan (of Granbury, Texas). They’ve had him for the roping.”
Execute hauled in to the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show straight from the Paint World, where, according to Rita, he just won the reserve world championship in heeling. The stallion will show with Clay in the heeling at the World Show, too.
Execute has sired a few foals and is already a multiple world champion halter sire. Rita is showing four of his weanlings; two of them, a filly, Execute Pretty (out of Phenomenal Miss) and a colt, Execute A Score (out of She Scores), won their respective Masters Halter classes at the 2010 All American Quarter Horse Congress.
Is it hard to get the stallion to shift gears from the roping pen to the halter arena?
“No,” Rita laughs. “(Clay and Connie) take really good care of him. They’re always worried about his hair coat and tail!”