Pale Face Dunnit recently passed a major milestone in his stallion career. • Photo by John Brasseaux.

Pale Face Dunnit Hits Major Sire Milestone

Pale Face Dunnit first caught people’s attention in the show pen, but the flashy palomino stallion known as “Gold Digger” is now banking titles as a successful sire.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) announced on Tuesday the son of Equi-Stat Elite $13 Million Sire Gunner and out of Lena Dun It (by Hollywood Dun It) is the sport’s newest NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire.

Bred by Rancho Oso Rio, LLC, the stallion is now owned by Schmersal Reining Horses and Silver Spurs Equine, of Scottsdale, Arizona. He stands at Silver Spurs Equine.

“Gold Digger is a big part of our family and we couldn’t be more excited for this monumental achievement at such a young age,” said Ginger Schmersal. “I have loved that horse since the first time I saw him. For Craig to get to show him and win and then go on to win the Futurity on one of his babies [Face The Attitude] is just phenomenal. And now Addi is showing that mare as a non pro.”

Pale Face Dunnit’s Show career

Boasting more than $70,838 in earnings, Pale Face Dunnit was a Level 4 Open finalist at major NRHA events across the country. He also finished in the top ten at the AQHA World Championship Show in Junior Reining and is a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Open Reserve Champion.

Breeding Career

After a star-studded reining career, first under the guidance of NRHA Million Dollar Rider Randy Paul and later NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal, Pale Face Dunnit retired to the breeding shed. He’s sired 628 foals to date and 170 of those are competing, but his top-earning offspring is 2017 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion Face The Attitude ($228,345).

The 2014 mare out of Miss Lil Addy Tude (by Whizard Jac) won the big futurity with Craig Schmersal and, after time off for breeding, returned in the past year under the guidance of Craig and Ginger Schmersal’s daughter, Addi. Together, the mare and the 14-year-old rider won the Level 3 Non-Pro at this year’s National Reining Breeder’s Classic, and also were the Level 4 Non-Pro Reserve Champions. Their $25,500 payday at the show was part of more than $60,000 the stallion’s offspring earned at the show.

Pale Face Dunnit’s other top-earning offspring (NRHA earnings only):

  • • Phantom Face ($140,198, out of Gorgeous Like A Star, by Smart Like Juice) 
  • • Pale Face Whiz ($106,159, out of Lady Naskiia Whiz, by Lena Naskiia) 
  • • Pale Black Gun ($99,010, out of Blazing In Black, by Rowdy Yankee)