by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, showing Cowboys Style to the 2011 AQHA amateur aged stallions world championship. (The American Quarter Horse Journal photo)
The aged halter classes in any big show usually have familiar faces – especially at an AQHA World Championship Show.
But 2006 stallion Cowboys Style, aka “Cowboy,” made his World Show debut in 2010, winning the open reserve title.
He entered a World Show arena again November 5, this time in the amateur class and led by Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Illinois, and earned Rita a gold trophy. He was the unanimous winner at the top of all five judges’ cards.
The son of Kids Classic Style is a homebred for and still owned by Roger Chappell of Brodnax, Virginia.
“I leased him from Roger Chappell and Sue Page, and I bred all my mares to him,” Rita says. “This is my first time to show him… I think this was the first time he was ever shown in the amateur.”
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Cowboy’s dam is Van Valley Te Lady, a 1981 daughter of the legendary Te N’ Te and out of My Lucky Baca by Baca’s Hard Luck. The tail-female line includes Leo, Sugar Bars and Question Mark breeding.
Rita showed another of the mare’s sons, Van Valley Mr, a 1998 gelding by Mr Conclusion, to the 2004 Select world championship in aged geldings.
“He’s just a real, pretty, elegant, N/N stallion, and he’s a good cross on my mares, especially my N/H mares,” Rita says, of her decision to lease and breed the stallion. “I approached them, and they said, ‘Yeah, we’ll try it.’”
It’s often no small chore to show a stallion, especially when they are feeling good.
“He’s a stud but he’s not mean,” Rita says. “You know how they are. My 2-year-old stud was naughty, but he was scared to death in there.” Rita and Acoolest Touchdown finished third in the class.
“It doesn’t do any good (to get rattled when a horse won’t show),” Rita says. “The more upset you get, it’s not going to help the horse. You just keep your patience; it’s hard sometimes.
"Some are more work than others.”