By Christa MorrisNational Reining Horse AssociationMay 2, 2014
Colonels Smoking Gun becomes a $6 million sire through the National Reining Horse Association. (Tristan Dark photo courtesy of NRHA)
With the month of April being a busy time in National Reining Horse Association competition, the legend of NRHA Hall of Fame stallion Colonels Smoking Gun had more pages added to the story. Thanks to the success of his offspring, “Gunner” has become NRHA’s fifth $6 million sire with official offspring earnings of $6,013,250.
Bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Alabama, Gunner is the top NRHA earning offspring of Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun, the John Gun daughter whose offspring have earned more than $554,000 in NRHA competition. Gunner earned nearly $175,000 in his career including these accolades:
• 1996 NRHA Futurity Level 4 open reserve champion ridden by Clint Haverty
• 1997 NRHA Derby Level 4 non-pro finalist ridden by Kim Sloan
• 1998 National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 open reserve champion ridden by Clint Haverty
• 1998 NRHA Derby Level 4 open finalist ridden by Clint Haverty
• 2001 United States Equestrian Team Festival of Champions national reining champion ridden by Bryant Pace
In 2002, Gunner was immortalized as a Breyer Horse for the USET Special Edition model.
Gunner was euthanized in 2013 of laminitis and was owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay of McQuay Stables Inc. in Tioga, Texas. However, Gunner’s story continues in the reining arena through the talents of his progeny. His top earners to date include:
Tinker With Guns (Gunner-Tinker Nic by Reminic): $344,100 NRHA LTE, bred by Rancho Oso Rio, LLC and owned by Silver Spurs Equine).
Americasnextgunmodel (Gunner-Cee Dun It Do It by Hollywood Dun It): $259,800 NRHA LTE, bred by David Silva Sr. and owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA.
Gunners Special Nite (Gunner-Mifs Doll by Mifilena): $219,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Kim and Debra Sloan and owned by Turnabout Farm, Inc.
Gunnatrashya (Gunner-Natrasha by Trashadeous): $218,000 NRHA LTE, bred by Katarina Dorminy and owned by Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A.
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