The endearing Gunner (AQHA Colonels Smoking Gun, APHA Colonels Smokingun) has reached another milestone as he becomes only the third NRHA sire to achieve NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire distinction. Only Topsail Whiz and Wimpys Little Step have also achieved the much-sought-after honor. Gunner was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2003. The 1993 stallion by Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun by John Gun was bred by Eric Storey, Henagar, Alabama.
A standout and fan favorite in the show pen, Gunner was the 1996 NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion with NRHA Hall of Famer Clint Haverty in the saddle. The pair went on to earn the 1998 National Reiners Breeders Cup Reserve Champion title. With Bryant Pace at the reins, Gunner earned the 2001 USET Festival of Champions Reining championship in Gladstone, New Jersey. Gunner was also the subject of a popular Breyer® Model Horse and, along with Bryant, is depicted on the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award, a pencil drawing that was done by artist Bryant Pace, Sr. Gunners NRHA Lifetime Earnings total more than $173,700.
Tim and Colleen McQuay seem to have the Midas’ touch when it comes to the selection of breeding stallions. McQuay/Easton’s Hollywood Dun It unquestionably positively impacted the reining horse breeding industry. His offspring still make their mark in the show ring and mark the pedigrees of many of Reining’s most successful earners. When it came time to choose Dun It’s replacement, their choice was the horse with the signature floppy ears and loud markings that made Gunner a stand-out among the sport’s most notable athletes. Among Gunner’s highest money-earners are:
Horse Earnings Owner
Tinker With Guns $344,117.65 Silver Spurs Equine
Americasnextgunmodel $289,486.17 Arcese Quarter Horses
Gunners Tinseltown $265,383.48 David Silva, Sr.
Gunners Special Nite $219,737.15 Turnabout Farm Inc.
Gunnatrashya $218,046.65 Arcese Quarter Horses
Gunner sired the earners of more than $7,010,000, despite the fact that he was euthanized in 2013 due to laminitis. His presence will be felt in the sport of Reining as his progeny continue to be appreciated, admired and prolific in the production of outstanding reining horses.
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.