Gunners Special Nite
Gunners Special Nite * Photo by John Brasseaux.

Gunners Special Nite Rolls Past Breeding Milestone

Gunners Special Nite does it again: He has unofficially become the newest National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Three Million Dollar Sire. 

The honor came less than a year after the flashy sorrel reiner was named as one of the NRHA’s Two Million Dollar Sires. Owned by Turnabout Farm, Inc., the horse reached his last milestone in September, 2018.

The son of Equi-Stat Elite $11 Million Sire Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Mifs Doll (by Mifillena) was bred by Kim and Deborah Sloan. In 2010, Turnabout Farm, Inc., purchased the 2004 stallion and stood him at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, Inc., in Aubrey, Texas, where he remains today.

Show Pen

Gunners Special Nite made a name for himself in the show pen before moving on to the breeding barn. With NRHA Professionals Tom McCutcheon and Marcy (Ver Meer) Starr at the reins, the stallion earned an Equi-Stat record of nearly $220,000. His top finishes include:

* 2007 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and Intermediate Open Champion with Starr

* 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Derby Level 4 Open finalist with Starr

* 2010 NRBC Derby Level 4 Open top-10 finisher with Starr

* 2010 World Equestrian Games Individual and Team Gold Medalist with McCutcheon

Sire Power

As a sire, he has produced foals that have become NRBC champions as well as NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby finalists. His most notable offspring include: 

* Modern Gun (out of Taris Modern Design, by Mr Boomerjac): NRHA LTE more than $175,400

* Baileys Not Painted (out of Darlins Not Painted(PT), by Smokin Chic Olena(PT)): NRHA LTE more than $107,840

* Lenas Shining Gun (out of SL Lenas Chick, by Lena Spark): NRHA LTE more than $90,440

* Gunners Brite Nite (out of Stiletto Tag, by Whiz N Tag Chex): NRHA LTE more than $86,650

* Hollywood Nites (out of Dun It For Chex, by Hollywood Dun It): NRHA LTE more than $83,750 

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