Inferno Sixty Six and Franco Bertolani drew a lot of attention when they tied with Shesouttayourleague in the finals of the 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 4 Open. The tie necessitated a runoff, and when the dust settled, they were the Reserve Champions. Since then, Inferno Sixty Six and Bertolani have been multiple aged event finalists, that is, until they scored a 228.5 in the Lucas Oil Derby Level 4 Open at the Cactus Reining Classic. The Championship netted $13,788 for the horse’s Italy-based owner, Slide Or Die LLC. Heading into the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), Inferno Sixty Six’s total earnings are $185,056.
The breeder of Inferno Sixty Six is Hilldale Farm, of Brashear, Texas, who brought his sire Gunnatrashya and his dam Snip O Gin together, presenting an interesting pedigree. This is a pedigree matchup highly influenced by Mr Gun Smoke.
Gunnatrashya ($236,457) was the 2009 NRHA Futurity Open Champion, 2009 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open Champion and 2010 NRHA Derby Open Champion. He is now an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire. His leading money-winners include ARC Gunnabeabigstar ($202,949), ARC Gunna Sparkya ($119,606) and Loveya ($75,733).
The sire of Gunnatrashya is 1996 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) ($177,386). Gunner is an Equi-Stat Elite $9 Million Sire. His foals include Tinker With Guns ($346,368), Gunners Tinseltown ($316,233) and Americasnextgunmodel ($305,233).
Gunner is a son of Colonelfourfreckle (Colonel Freckles x Miss Solano x Doc’s Solano). His dam is Katie Gun (John Gun x Bueno Katie x Aledo Bueno Bar). John Gun is sired by One Gun, a son of Mr Gun Smoke.
Katie Gun was a show mare who amassed 68.5 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) performance points including a Superior in reining. She was the 1990 AQHA Reserve High-Point Reining Horse and High-Point Junior Reining Horse. She is the dam of foals with Equi-Stat records totaling $645,405. Her money-earners include the likes of Hollywood Gotta Gun ($115,520) and Spooks Gotta Gun ($81,638).
Natrasha ($11,554) is the dam of Gunnatrashya, and she was an NRHA Futurity Open finalist. Natrasha has an Equi-Stat offspring record of $451,944, with her leading money-winners being Gunnatrashya and his full sister Snow Gun ($129,857).
Trashadeous ($138,599), the sire of Natrasha, is another NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion. He later added an NRHA Derby Open Championship and NRHA Open World Championship to his accolades. His foals have earnings of more than $226,000 and include Trash Attack, an American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Reining Futurity Champion, and Tari Trash, an APHA World Champion Junior Reining Horse.
Trashadeous is sired by Be Aech Enterprise ($22,699), an NRHA Open World Champion Stallion and an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire. His performers include Barroom Be Aech ($90,208) and Sunrise Enterprise ($86,950). Be Aech Enterprise is sired by Squaw Leo (Squaw King x Veronica’s Joy x Leo San), and his dam is Enterprise Lady (Poco Enterprise x Seco Lady x Seco King).
The dam of Trashadeous is Miss White Trash ($18,583), a 1970 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open finalist. Her foals have earned $175,470, with Trashadeous as her leading money-winner. Miss White Trash is sired by Mr Gun Smoke (Rondo Leo x Kansas Cindy x Kansas Star), and her dam is Little Miss Hank (Medias Hand x Hank’s Two Sox x Wolf Hank).
Natrasha is out of My Royal Enterprise ($22,016), an NRHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Reserve Champion. She is the dam of 11 performers that have amassed $243,192, including Shiney Enterprise ($73,691). My Royal Enterprise is by Be Aech Enterprise and out of Snappy Royal (Snap’s Pablo x Mary Clegg x Royal King). This gives Natrasha a breeding pattern of 2 X 2 to Be Aech Enterprise.
Snip O Gun is an unshown mare who is now No. 1 on the Equi-Stat Lifetime Reining Statistics Dams chart. Her foals have earned $839,113. She is the dam of three $100,000-plus earners, including Big Chex To Cash ($219,265), Hot Smokin Chex ($189,574) and Inferno Sixty Six.
The sire of Snip O Gun is One Gun ($16,352), the 1977 AQHA Reserve World Champion Cutting Horse. One Gun has an Equi-Stat offspring record of $185,325. His leading money-winner in cutting is John Gun, the sire of Katie Gun. One Gun shows the versatility of this line of horses, as he is the sire of reiners and cutters including Sunup Gun ($22,793), the 1997 NRHA Intermediate Non-Pro World Champion and 1997 NRHA Limited Non-Pro Champion. One Gun is also the sire of Bug A Boop, an AQHA Superior Reining Horse and the 1984 AQHA High-Point Reining Horse. One Gun is sired by Mr Gun Smoke and out of Miss Seventy One (King Command x Bay Princess Kay x King P-234).
Miss Kim O Lena, an unshown daughter of Doc O’Lena, is the dam of Snip O Gun. Miss Kim O Lena has produced foals with Equi-Stat records of $43,273. Her biggest money-winner is Bueno Chexolena ($34,619). Miss Kim O Lena is out of Joker’s Kim (Captain Joker x Tonka’s Tempest x Silver Tonka).
Mr Gun Smoke
The blood of Mr Gun Smoke comes into play in the pedigree of Inferno Sixty Six with a breeding pattern of 6 X 5 X 3 to this great stallion. The connection is through John Gun, One Gun and Miss White Trash. This breeding pattern shows the meaning of linebreeding, in that it is used to keep a high relationship to the common ancestor by keeping the influence of that ancestor at a greater level in the foal produced. In this case, that common ancestor is Mr Gun Smoke.
A look at the linebreeding to Mr Gun Smoke brings to mind the history of the stallion. He was a strong individual who often got in trouble as a performer because of his power and intensity. His longtime owner and trainer, Dale Wilkinson, believed Mr Gun Smoke’s strength had to be diluted by passing it down to the next generation to make it more useable. The pedigree of Inferno Sixty Six is a perfect example of maintaining that intensity and power in a useable form by linebreeding to Mr Gun Smoke.
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