APHA Rewards Paints at the NRBC

gunner-dun-it-againRidden by Andrea Fappani, Gunner Dun It Again marked a 228 to tie for fifth in the Level 4 Open at the NRBC and picked up an extra trophy buckle as the highest-scoring Paint horse in the class. • Photo by Kristin PitzerFor the third consecutive year, the highest-scoring registered Paint Horses and their exhibitors took home beautiful Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), thanks to the American Paint Horse Association (APHA). The show, which took place April 17–24 in Katy, Texas, is one of the nation’s richest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)-approved events, boasting purses exceeding $1 million.

Four Paints ended up in the top 10 of the prestigious Level 4 Open Classic finals with impressive scores exceeding 226.5. According to show management, approximately one-third of all horses showing this year were Paint-bred, most of which were already registered through the APHA. Five horses eligible for APHA registration papers joined the family at the NRBC thanks to on-site registration options, and one – Yes Ima Gunner – even took home a buckle in the Youth division thanks to the last-minute decision.

Congratulations to the following 2016 APHA/NRBC buckle winners: 

  • Level 4 Open Classic
    Gunner Dun It Again, 2011 buckskin overo stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] and out of Dun Its Deja Vu, ridden by Andrea Fappani for Paulo Tripoloni, of Brazil 
  • Level 3 Open Classic
    Cannon Gun, 2012 sorrel overo stallion by Gunner and out of Tuckerette Command, ridden by Gabe Hutchins for Tamarack Ranch, of Joseph, Oregon  
  • Level 2 Open Classic
    DP Gunnaoutshinya, 2011 sorrel overo stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Out Shinin Wimpy, ridden by Jamie Bissell for Dorminy Plantation, of Fitzgerald, Georgia 
  • Level 1 Open Classic
    Lil Money Gun, 2011 palomino overo stallion by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Miss Shiney Cat, ridden by Arnaud Ferret for Double PR Ranch, of Pilot Point, Texas
  • NRHA Open & Open Classic Challenge
    Doc Bars Smokingun, 2007 palomino overo stallion by Gunner and out of Docs Dunnit Bar, ridden by Shane Brown for Glo Tazi, of Castle Rock, Colorado 
  • Levels 4 & 3 Non-Pro Classic
    MsDreamy, 2010 sorrel solid mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun, ridden by Rick Christen, of Whitehouse, Ohio
  • Level 2 Non-Pro Classic
    Diamond Studded Guns, 2012 sorrel overo stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Like To Flo, ridden by Bailey Kolsun, of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada 
  • Level 1 Non-Pro Classic
    Big Creme Chic, 2010 sorrel overo gelding by Big Chex To Cash and out of Cremes Chic Olena, ridden by Samantha Roper, of Hobart, Indiana 
  • NRHA Non-Pro
    Gunners Chic Magnet, 2011 bay solid stallion by Gunner and out of Wind Her Up Chic, ridden by Michelina Carbone, of South Bend, Indiana 
  • Non-Pro Classic Challenge
    Jumpin Jac Trash, 2007 sorrel solid gelding by Trashadeous and out of Sail Away Rene, ridden by Madison Steed, of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada 
  • NRHA Youth
    Yes Ima Gunner, 2005 sorrel solid gelding by Gunner and out of Double Sweet BH, ridden by Sidney Perdue, of Granbury, Texas 
  • NRHA Rookie
    Nuff Gun, 2006 sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Freckles Frannie, ridden by Suzanne Allman-Mathura, of Rockwall, Texas 

Exhibitors and Paint Horse owners can look forward to even more opportunities to win Gist Silversmiths buckles this year at the Tulsa Reining Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas and the Southwest Reining Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The NRBC, along with other NRHA-approved reining events and cutting and cow horse competitions, is one of the numerous designated events for 2016 APHA World Show qualification. The show counts as one of the four required shows needed for participation-based qualification, as well as two of the eight required judges. For a complete list of shows, visit