Im Gunna Shine was the top seller at the Select Breeders Sale during the 2020 NRHA Futurity. * Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska.

Im Gunna Shine Commands Top Dollar at Select Breeders Sale

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.