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Even after his death, Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) continues to be a powerhouse in the NRHA Futurity and the reining industry. * Photo by Cheryl Cody

STALLIONS: Leading 2020 NRHA Futurity Sires

The leading sires list at the 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity was dominated by one name.

Gunner.

The late double-registered stallion, Colonels Smoking Gun, aka “Gunner,” was the leading sire at this year’s NRHA Futurity. His closest competition? His two sons, Gunnatrashya and Gunners Special Nite.

Several other sire lines found success at this year’s NRHA Futurity, with sons or grandsons of Shining Spark, Topsail Whiz, Nu Chex To Cash and Smart Chic Olena all finding success at the show held Nov. 26-Dec. 5 in Oklahoma City.

Using statistics provided by the database Equi-Stat, staff at Quarter Horse News compiled a list of the top 15 sires of this year’s competition. Statistics are for 3-year-old classes only, and do not money won from the show’s ancillary classes or the accompanying North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC).

  • NOTE: The leading sire list from the 2020 NRHA Futurity does not include Sire & Dam incentive moneys. Payouts from that incentive were not immediately available after the show.

1. Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner)

Pedigree: 93S (Colonelfourfreckle x Katie Gun x John Gun)
Progeny Earnings: $339,816
Earners: 3
Top Performers:

  • Level 4 Open Champion All Bettss Are Off ($250,000, out of Wimpys Little Chic x Wimpys Little Step)
  • Level 4 Open third-place finisher Down Right Amazing ($72,761, out of Shesouttayourleague x Walla Walla Whiz)
  • Level 3 Open Co-Reserve Champion MMB Colonels Chexi ($17,055, out of Foxynicki x Jacs Electric Spark)

2. Gunnatrashya

Pedigree: 06S (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Natrashya x Trashadeous)
Progeny Earnings: $187,983
Earners: 18
Top Performers:

  • Level 4 Open Reserve Champion Gunnabebigtime ($118,983, out of Big Time Jazzy x Shine Big Time)
  • Level 4 Non-Pro finalist Gunnaoutdunya ($9,637, out of Dainty Dunit x Hollywood Dun It)
  • Level 3 Open finalist Dunsurprizedya ($8,121, out of Dun With Surprizes x Jerry Lees Surprise)

3. Gunners Special Nite 

Pedigree: 04S (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Mifs Doll x Mifillena)
Progeny Earnings: $141,297
Earners: 8
Top Performers:

  • Level 4 Non-Pro Champion Shining At Nite ($60,350, out of A Shining Sidekick x Starbucks Sidekick)
  • Level 3 Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champion Alpha Onespecialnite ($27,921, out of One Last Corona x Magnum Chic Dream)
  • Level 3 Open finalist Gunner In The Nite ($18,801, out of Chic Olena Whiz x Smart Chic Olena)

4. Not Ruf At All 

Pedigree: 10S (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up x Lil Ruf Peppy)
Progeny Earnings: $113,233
Earners: 14
Top Performers:

  • Level 4 Open finalist Mr Boaz ($28,928, out of Juicy Red Berry x Wimpys Little Step)
  • Level 2 Non-Pro Champion Rufin Up The Chics ($25,741, out of Ms Playalotta Chic x Skeets Peppy)
  • Level 4 Non-Pro finalist CS Tosmartoberuff ($15,282, out of Check Your Gun Lady x Dun It Gotta Gun)

5. Lil Joe Cash 

Pedigree: 08S (Nu Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight x Grays Starlight)
Progeny Earnings: $111,489
Earners: 14
Top Performers:

  • Level 3 Non-Pro Champion Joes Genes ($55,856, out of Electric Genes x Electric Spark)
  • Level 2 Non-Pro Reserve Champion Pretty Has Cash ($27,340, out of Prettywhizprettydoes x Topsail Whiz)
  • Level 4 Non-Pro finalist Joes Got Cash ($5,145, out of Tinker Nic x Reminic)

Leading Sires 6-15

RankSireEarnersEarnings
6Inferno Sixty Six (by Gunnatrashya)11$109,192
7Shiners Voodoo Dr (by Shining Spark)13$106,992
8Magnum Chic Dream (by Smart Chic Olena)8$104,782
9Walla Walla Whiz (by Topsail Whiz)7$92,275
10Whizkey N Diamonds (by Topsail Whiz)5$83,833
11Spooks Gotta Whiz (by Spooks Gotta Gun)15$83,661
12Wimpys Little Step (by Nu Chex To Cash)9$72,537
13SG Frozen Enterprize (by Frozen Sailor)7$58,899
14Hollywoodstinseltown (by Hollywood Dun It)3$53,603
15Shine Chic Shine (by Smart Chic Olena)5$47,346