Im Gunna Shine lived up to his name, capturing the spotlight as the high seller at the Select Breeders Sale held during the 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity.
The $95,000 the palomino overo commanded was the biggest bid of any of the 21 horses that walked through the ring during the sale, which was held Dec. 3 during the NRHA Markel Futurity Sales in Oklahoma City.
Consigned by Cooper Smith, Im Gunna Shine was purchased by Onofre Gomez, of California, who has always dreamed of owning a direct son of Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner).
“We liked just everything from his bloodlines, his color and his conformation, to the way he is dispositioned,” Gomez said. “He’ll probably be a pleasure horse for a while for my daughters and I, and we might start breeding him here in the next coming years.”
Im Gunna Shine’s Story
The 2010 double-registered palomino stallion is an NRHA earner of $36,073, collecting paychecks almost every year since 2013. By Colonels Smoking Gun and out of the Shining Spark mare Shiner Light, he is a full brother to two other money-earners: Palomino Horse Breeders Association World Champion Youth Reining Horse Guns A Shining, and $11,971 earner Shina Gun.
Im Gunna Shine is 5-panel N/N. He is the sire of four AQHA-registered foals from two crops, including Gunna Twist N Shine, a finalist in all levels of the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Non-Pro.
Other Futurity Sale High Sellers
Following right behind Im Gunna Shine as Hip 3017 was a foal in utero selling for $45,000 to Richard Vernon. Consigned by Toyon Ranch, the 2021 foal is by Gunner and out of Icing Required (by Smart Chic Olena), who was the No. 1 leading reining producer in 2019. Icing Required’s foals have earned $504,000, including the foal in utero’s full sibling No Smoking Required, who was the Million Dollar Invitational Co-Champion at the 2019 A Run For A Million and is the No. 1 all-time highest-earning reining stallion.
A 2020 palomino filly also consigned by Toyon Ranch brought the third-highest bid of $40,000, selling to Story Book Stables. Another offspring of Gunner, the filly is out of Dun Its Deja Vu (by Hollywood Dun It), making her a full sister to NRBC Level 3 Open Champion Gunner Dun It Again, an earner of $113,000.
Dun Its Deja Vu has produced 14 money-earners, totaling $244,000. Her 2020 filly is enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program and the NRBC, and the seller offered to add the NRHA Euro Nomination Program at the buyer’s request.