The late Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) recently made history when he became only the second horse ever to reach the NRHA Twelve Million Dollar mark, the National Reining Horse Association announced.
Commonly known as Gunner by the Western performance horse industry, the influential sire is registered as Colonels Smoking Gun with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Colonels Smokinggun with the American Paint Horse Association (APHA).
Before becoming a top sire for Tioga, Texas, owners Tim and Colleen McQuay of McQuay Stables Inc., the son of Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun (by John Gun) saw his name in lights in the show pen. He was the 1996 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion, the 1998 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, and the 2001 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions National Reining Champion.
First becoming an NRHA Million Dollar Sire in 2007, the snowball effect took over for Gunner in 2010 when he earned his two-million-dollar title. His offspring have annually earned a million dollars, subsequently moving Gunner to a new milestone each year.
Although Gunner boasts $173,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings ) of his own, he’s also the sire of more than 1,500 reiners. Many of Gunner’s offspring join him in the NRHA Hall of Fame and in the ranks as million-dollar sires themselves.
His top two earners, No Smoking Required and Custom Made Gun, tied for the championship at the inaugural edition of The Run For A Million Million Dollar Invitational.
His daughter, Americasnextgunmodel, won the 2012 NRHA Futurity Championship and on Saturday night saw her son, Americasnexttopgun, win the National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 Open Championship. Her daughter, Americas Supermodel, tied for the Reserve Championship. Both are sired by Walla Walla Whiz.
Gunner’s top-earning offspring are (NRHA earnings):
• No Smoking Required (out of Icing Required, by Smart Chic Olena): $490,714
• Custom Made Gun (out of Custom Made Dunit, by Hollywood Dun It): $419,984
• Tinker With Guns (out of Tinker Nic, by Reminic): $344,117
• Gunners Tinseltown (out of Miss Tinseltown, by Great Red Pine): $305,307
• Americasnextgunmodel (out of Cee Dun It Do It, by Hollywood Dun It): $289,486