The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Non-Pro World Championship was won by Gina Schumacher and Gotta Nifty Gun, who earned $21,754. Schumacher’s father, Michael, is a European race car legend. Her mother, Corrina, established CS Ranch in Switzerland and XCS Ranch in Texas, both of which specialize in reining horses. Schumacher and Gotta Nifty Gun started competing together in 2015, the year they won the Austrian High Class Reining Maturity Non-Pro. Gotta Nifty Gun has earnings of $60,399, according to Equi-Stat.
Gotta Nifty Gun was bred in Hempstead, Texas, by Carl and Vicki Lambert. The 2010 stallion went through a series of owners, including MG Reiners, of Quebec, Canada, and Luga Quarter Horses, of Italy. He was the 2014 NRHA European Futurity Open Reserve Champion when owned by Luga Quarter Horses. He was purchased by Susanna Sodi in late 2014, and then in 2015, he was sold to Schumacher.
Gotta Nifty Gun’s sire, Dun It Gotta Gun, was the 2001 NRHA Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Champion under Mandy McCutcheon. Dun It Gotta Gun carried McCutcheon, owner Jerry Kimmel and Tim McQuay in a number of Non-Pro and Open events to earnings of $63,417.
Dun It Gotta Gun is the sire of money-earners of $664,703. His leading performers are Dun Gotta Prize ($66,665), Gotta Magnum Dream ($62,478) and Gotta Nifty Gun.
Hollywood Dun It, the sire of Dun It Gotta Gun, was the 1986 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion, 1987 NRHA Derby Open Champion and NRHA Super Stakes Open Champion. Hollywood Dun It earned $65,809 in the show pen.
Hollywood Dun It is an Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Sire. His get include Hollywoodstinseltown ($178,156), Reminic N Dunit ($169,664), Matt Dillon Dun It ($169,216) and Hollywood Vintage ($155,842). Hollywood Dun It is by Hollywood Jac 86 (Easter King x Miss Hollywood x Hollywood Gold) and out of Blossom Berry (Dun Berry x Regina Bella x Mr Tres Bars).
The dam of Dun It Gotta Gun is the blue hen mare Katie Gun. She was an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) High Point Junior Reining Horse and AQHA High Point Reining Mare, and earned an AQHA Superior in reining. She showed her versatility with AQHA points in working cow horse, western riding, team penning and trail in addition to her reining points.
Katie Gun was ranked No. 10 on the 2016 Equi-Stat Lifetime Reining Dams chart with reining offspring earnings of $580,391. Her foals include Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) ($177,386), Hollywood Gotta Gun ($115,520) and Spooks Gotta Gun ($81,638). Katie Gun is by John Gun (One Gun x Cee Bars Echols x Cee Bars) and out of Bueno Katie (Aledo Bueno Bar x Bank Night Kate x Bank Night Bars).
Custom Nifty Nic is the dam of Gotta Nifty Gun. She was bred in Ohio by Dale Bainbridge and was purchased as a yearling by Devine Ranch LLC. Carl Lambert bought her as a late 2-year-old in December 2004. Custom Nifty Nic was shown in the Open by Jordan Larson and Jared Leclair, and in the Non-Pro by Carl and Vicki Lambert. The 2002 mare earned $43,870 in the reining arena.
The Lamberts put Custom Nifty Nic in the broodmare band at their Caballo Rojo Ranch in Navasota, Texas. She is the dam of five money-earners, all bred by the Lamberts. These five money-earners have amassed $97,117 and include Niftys Rock Star ($12,722), Steppin Nifty Nic ($11,094) and Nifty Walla Whiz ($10,644). In 2014, Silver Spurs Equine bought Custom Nifty Nic.
The sire of Custom Nifty Nic is 1993 NRHA Futurity Open Champion Custom Crome. He was also a finalist in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity Open during a career that resulted in an Equi-Stat record of $116,577.
Custom Crome is an Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Sire. His performers include Custom Pistol ($254,858), Custom Cash Advance ($229,942), Custom Legend ($228,287) and Custom Mahogany ($211,203). Custom Crome is by Crome Plated Jac (Hollywood Jac 86 x Miss Doll Pine x Great Pine) and out of Another Greyhound (Greyhound Step x April King Cody x Joe Cody). The appearance of Hollywood Jac 86 in Custom Crome’s paternal line gives Gotta Nifty Gun a breeding pattern of 3 x 4 to this great stallion.
Custom Nifty Nic is the only foal out of Brennas Nifty Nic, an NRHA money-winner of $1,489. Brennas Nifty Nic is by Brennas Kid, a dual winner of the NRHA Futurity Open and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open. He is the sire of horses with Equi-Stat records totaling $747,235. At the top of his get record are Mr Tori Kid ($106,484), The Great Kid ($71,959) and Reeboks Kid ($43,690).
The Equi-Stat maternal grandsire record for Brennas Kid shows his daughters have produced foals that have earned $760,651, including Hollywood Yankee Kid ($135,217) and The Kids Gotta Gun ($96,563). Brennas Kid is sired by Kid Five Cody (Joe Cody x Kitty Kid x Kid Five) and out of Be Aechs Brenna (Be Aech Enterprise x Misty Penny Bar x Bar Tex Bar).
Colonels Nifty Nic is the dam of Brennas Nifty Nic. Colonels Nifty Nic has seven AQHA points and has won money in National Reined Cow Horse Association competitions. She is the dam of three performers recorded in Equi-Stat, including Mr Plain And Smart ($3,751), who has 80 AQHA points in classes like working cow horse, reining and ranch riding. The sire of Colonels Nifty Nic is Just Plain Colonel (Colonel Freckles x Grey Nelly x Blue Whammy Cat).
Nifty Lady Nic, the dam of Colonels Nifty Nic, has an Equi-Stat record of $1,025. She is the dam of horses with offspring earnings of $97,355. Her leading money-winner is Jac Pic A Nic ($84,650), who was the 2001 and 2002 NRHA Intermediate Non-Pro World Champion and 2001 NRHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion. Nifty Lady Nic is by Reminic and out of Johnie Sugar, by Sugar Vandy. All the horses in the pedigree of Colonels Nifty Nic come from a reined cow horse background, as they were a part of the breeding program of the reined cow horse legend Greg Ward.
The NRHA Open and Non-Pro World championships have been dominated by European-based horses in recent years. Now that Gotta Nifty Gun has his Non-Pro title, he is home at CS Ranch in Switzerland, where he will stand at stud, spreading his American-based World championship bloodlines to the next generation of European reiners.
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