UPDATE August 8: The inventory list for the Online, Halter, and Performance horse
auctions are now available. Horses offered online are at locations other than Dixon, IL and Beloit, WI. The tack inventory list as well as lodging
and camper information is also available.
Click here to see complete inventory as well as sale info and FAQs.
August 3, 2012 - DIXON (WREX) -
The U.S. Marshals Service is moving forward with the auction of horses owned by former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell.
A live auction will be held at Crundwell's farm in
Dixon on September 23 and September 24. Performance horses will be
auctioned off on September 23, and halter horses will be auctioned on
September 24. The farm is located at 1556 Red Brick Road in Dixon.
An online auction will be held on September 11
and September 12. The auction will be held at professionalauction.com. Times for both auctions are not yet
Interest in the horses is coming from as far as
Australia and Europe. According to the auctioneer, 29 world champion
horses will be up for auction, with some top breeding stallions
garnering over $300,000. However, there will also be horses that will
probably sell for just a few hundred dollars.
Crundwell has been accused of stealing over $53
million from the City of Dixon from 1990 to early 2012. She has been
charged with one count of wire fraud. Accusers say Crundwell used the
money she allegedly stole to fund a lavish lifestyle for herself that
included running a nation-wide horse breeding operation. Crundwell owned
hundreds of horses all over the country at the time of her arrest.