By now, most of the Quarter Horse show industry have heard about the arrest of leading breeder and exhibitor Rita A. Crundwell on Tuesday, April 17. Understandably, many AQHA members who have bred mares to Crundwell’s stallions are concerned about what, if any, impact Crundwell’s arrest will have on obtaining breeder’s certificates or processing any other registration-related documents that may require her signature. Because it is so early in the judicial process, it’s impossible to predict the exact outcomes and how they could potentially impact any business.
While they are dependent upon a number of things -- including the outcome of the case, any court orders that are issued and notifications from law enforcement and regulatory agencies – AQHA does have procedures to process registrations at the direction of courts, legal authorities and representatives appointed by them. However, please note that as of April 19, AQHA does not know how Crundwell’s case will impact registrations of her stallions’ foals.
As of April 18, AQHA has not been contacted by authorities handling the case and has not received any court orders associated with horses recorded in Crundwell’s name or her business’ name. If official notices are received, AQHA will proceed in accordance with its standard operating procedures and the orders of legal authorities, which will include assisting our members that are potentially impacted with how to proceed with obtaining any required paperwork.
"Of course, our registration and customer service teams will work with our members who might be impacted by this situation," said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. "Naturally, this is a big issue to touch the industry. I think it's important to remember that legal proceedings take time, and as AQHA receives information, we will work with those people directly affected."
Not surprisingly, AQHA members have poured out concern for any potential impact this could have on the welfare of the horses involved. AQHA’s first concern is for the well-being and welfare of the horses. According to published reports, Crundwell was released on $4,500 bond April 18. In addition, sources close to the situation indicated horse operations at both Meri-J Ranch and RC Quarter Horses continue to function.
AQHA will continue to monitor developments in the case and provide information as it becomes available.
the titles for the horses should stand, as they were the best horses in the ring. No where in the AQHA rule book does it say that all monies spent on horse showing must be from a legal source. ( If that was the case....whoa...look out..how many horses are shown from monies from loan sharks, smugglers and wall street stock brokers and bankers?)
As for Rita's stand with the AQHA, I believe that is another thing altogether. In my my mind she should be put on AQHA suspension until the outcome of her trial. Then if found guilty, have her membership in the AQHA permanently voided. (Kicked out, shunned, and hissed upon in public streets).
I only wonder, how many more employees of Dixon county are involved?
phxbob44, qh lover........The titles are not Ritas they belong to the horse that won them............it is not like she ever rides anything..........horsemanship and so on. Leave the horses alone....she is the one that needs to be dealt with.....she is the guilty one.
If AQHA strips the titles from the Rita's band of horses it will crush the Horse sales market further. I understand the emotional side of this but I truly hope that AQHA ignores the "title stripping" mentality and looks at this financially. If Rita has close to 500 head, that is 500 head that are about to hit the market. An already degraded market.
When more intelligent minds did not prevail that got us into this circumstance, we need to be clear on the effects going forward.
This is deplorable and an embarassment to this sport. All titles and awards should be stripped as they do in most every other sport on the planet. My question is, how on earth did she get away with this for so long? Come on...a 2 million dollar mobile home? Sick
Clean your own closet and take a good long look at yourself and what you would have done had you been in her position. I am not saying that what she did was right, it was not! As for taking away her titles that is going to hurt the owners of foals and future foals. The woman obviously has a good eye for a horse. Don't take that away from her. I am not a personal friend of this woman and before this is over with she will find out who her true friends are. I have been involved with AQHA for 40 years and seen this industry go from good to bad but we all got started at this for the love of a horse. I have stood behind and in front of the best. There is so much jealousy and vindictiveness in the horse industry I can see how being accepted in the "in" crowd is quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately there is no way to stay there. When a person is up most people are jealous and want to be in your place and are trying very hard to tear you down, when you are down the ones that were jealous want to stomp you in the ground. This has given many people the oppurtunity to take their minds off their own short comings and problems. Maybe we should thank the lady. It may not seem like it now, but in few days something else will happen and we as humans will grab on to something else to help us not think about what is going on in our own lives. As for Rita, this part of her journey has only just begun. Maybe we should all just say a a prayer thanking our Saviour that we are not in that position. Life can change in the blink of an eye and maybe we all should get our priorities in order. I truly hope the horses involved in this are being well cared for, and they will not suffer from the domino effect this is going to have on the people involved in the horse industry. I like to think we all started for the love of the horses and greed got in the way. Thanks for your time. Bodie
She "bought" a lot of attention over the years. I wonder how the AQHA big wigs and Judges who constantly kissed her ass now feel. She should be stripped of all titles. She competed unfairly with stolen taxpayer funds. It's no different than when a college is stripped of its titles for something the coach did. The City officials of Dixon need to be sued for malfeasance, and several more incl "hubby" need to join her in jail where she will likely die of old age...
Given the hoops I had to jump through for a question on ONE of my horses' papers, I am looking forward to seeing how AQHA reacts to this debacle. Cost me 6 months and $1200 in legal fees before they finally agreed that I was the legal owner of the horse (and my papers were put on hold during that time). AQHA is just a rubber stamping outfit so don't think that they are going to do anything - they will only follow what the courts say. Not to mention the inaccuracies on a single horse's paperwork that they had "no explanation for". Good luck to all you foal and mare owners!
HOW DO WE TRUST THE CITY OF DIXON ANYMORE? WHERE IS THE TRUST AT NOW? IF SHE DID IT AND THERE OUR TWO THAT SIGN CHECKS UP AT CITY HALL SO WHAT ABOUT THE TREUERS OF THE CITY. WHY OUR WE NOT LOOK IN THE COUNTRY BUGETS NOW WHY THE CITY GOING BROKE THE COUNTRY MENT AS WELL SO WHY CANT WE MAKE SURE NOTHING HAPPEN TO THE OTHER HALF TO.
I was surprised that her bail was only 4,500, I hope she is enjoying be out of jail.Hope the courts puts her back in for a very very long time!! And not a slap on the hand!As for Aqha this is a mess for mare owners and foal owners that bred to her horses.Keep the world ch. horse titles on those horses that won them[please] take her titles away.Just like she did to the people in Dixion!