by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Execute and AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark
Execute topped a solid class of performance halter stallions in the first class of FedEx Open Week competition at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.
The class included his barn mate and multiple performance halter world champion Good I Will Be, who placed third with AQHA Professional Horseman Buddy Laney. Both horses are owned by Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois.
AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark of Monahans, Texas, led Rita’s homebred Execute.
“He’s a super horse,” Ross said after the win. “From head to toe, you can’t hardly pick on him. He’s balanced; he’s got a beautiful head for a stud; he’s very correct in his feet and legs. He’s low-hocked, and he’s got some substance to him. He’s a pretty horse, and that’s what we’re looking for.
“I think his future is being proven now with his offspring. His babies and his yearlings and his 2-year-olds are tough right now. They are exceptional individuals.”
Rita led the stallion to the 2010 amateur performance halter stallions world championship November 7. According to Ross, Shawn Darnell is showing the stallion in the senior heeling; the prelims are November 17 and the finals are November 20.
Execute was 2005 amateur world champion yearling stallion, 2006 amateur reserve world champion 2-year-old stallion and the 2009 reserve world champion performance halter stallion. He earned his open performance Register of Merit in 2008 and an open Superior in heeling in 2010.
“I don’t believe (that) if they are in the halter they can’t ride,” Ross said. “I think we got so specialized it’s taken (some of that) away, but I think there are halter horses that can ride and performance horses that can do good in the halter.”
He pointed out that the stallion is a product of the years that Rita Crundwell has put into her breeding program.
“I just want to thank Rita,” Ross said. “She’s a super lady, and is great for the business. She wants to win and goes the extra effort to win. She gets the caliber horses. (She) listens to people, listens to (AQHA Professional Horseman) Jim McKillips who, in my opinion, is a great horseman, and their program is the best there is.
“It’s been a lot of hard work, a lot of time … the cream is to the top now, it’s starting to show.”