Remaining Crundwell horses to be auctioned Sunday, Monday

Cross-posted from Rockford Register Star

A broodmare and her colt walk in a pen Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in Dixon during a preview for the upcoming auction of Rita Crundwell’s horses.

DIXON — The U.S. Marshals Service will sell the remainder of the Rita Crundwell herd of quarter horses — more than 300 — via a live and Web simulcast auction in Dixon on Sunday and Monday, starting at 11 a.m. each day.

The auction will be held at the RC Ranch in Dixon, where a news conference was held today to showcase the horses.

Crundwell, 59, was among the leading breeders of quarter horses in the U.S. Formerly the comptroller of Dixon, Crundwell has been federally charged with wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Northern Illinois. Crundwell’s indictment charges her with fraudulently obtaining more than $53 million from the city since 1990 and using the proceeds to finance her horse breeding business and lavish lifestyle.

Auction details

Live auction: Sept. 23-24 at Rita Crundwell’s farm, 1556 Red Brick Road, Dixon. The auction is open to the public. Information on the horses being put up for sale will be made available ahead of the auctions.

Contact: Professional Auction Services, 800-240-7900 or

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7 thoughts on “Remaining Crundwell horses to be auctioned Sunday, Monday”

  1. I think the thing that bothers me the most is that they couldn;t open the aford to open the swimming while Rita lavished in her home. Did she have a pool?


  2. I hope you thoroughly check out the people that are buying these horses and that they don’t go to a kill buyer. Why should the horses suffer because of irresponsible owners.


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