Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) continues to be a powerhouse in the reining industry. * Photo by Cheryl Cody

Legendary Sire Lines Strong in NRHA Derby Open Finalist Pedigrees

The bloodline headed by a famous bald-faced sorrel stallion led the way among sire lines represented in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Level 4 Open field. Several other stallion families also will have strong representation during the Saturday night’s event.

Though he doesn’t have any offspring in the finals himself, sons of Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) collectively sired the most finalists of any paternal line in this year’s NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finals, which are scheduled for Saturday, June 25 in Oklahoma City.

Sons of Gunner with offspring in the finals include: Gunnatrashya, who fathered the most Level 4 Open finalists, 6, of any stallion; as well as Gunners Special Nite (sire of 3 finalists), Gunners Tinseltown (1), Pale Face Dunnit (1) and Colonels Shining Gun (1).

The Topsail Whiz line had eight Level 4 Open finalists. Two of those were sired by Topsail Whiz himself, with the rest being sired by his sons: Whizkey N Diamonds (3), Walla Walla Whiz (2) and Star Spangled Whiz (1).

Other sire lines with strong representation among the finalists include the Shining Spark line (which had entrants sired by his sons A Sparkling Vintage, Jacs Electric Spark and Shiners Voodoo Dr; and paternal grandson, Not Ruf At All) as well as Smart Chic Olena (who sired one himself and whose sons Shine Chic Shine, Magnum Chic Dream and Smart Spook also sired at least one finalist).

Another notable among the sires of finalists is Spooks Gotta Whiz, a son of Spooks Gotta Gun (by Grays Starlight), who himself sired five offspring in the Level 4 Open finals.

Maternal Grandsires

Many of the same families were represented among the maternal grandsires, or broodmare sires, of this year’s NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalists.

However, a stallion who had a stronger presence in the maternal pedigrees of entrants than on their paternal sides was EquiStat Elite $12 Million Sire Wimpys Little Step, who sired the mothers of five NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalists. This tied him with Gunner for the stallion who sired the most dams of entrants in this year’s field.

Hollywood Dun It was the father of the dams of four finalists, with sons Hollywoodstinseltown and Dun It With A Twist each fathering the dam of one finalist.

Hollywood Dun It’s sire, Hollywood Jac 86, also sired the dam of one of the year’s NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalists. A grandson of Hollywood Jac 86, Custom Crome — a son of Crome Plated Jac – also sired the dam of two of this year’s finalists.

Other notables stallions in the maternal pedigrees of this year’s finalists include all-time leading cutting sire High Brow Cat, who is the maternal grandsire of one entrant, and Boomernic, who sired one finalist’s dam and whose sons, Boomboomvoodoodaddy and Mr Boomerjac, each sired the dam of one finalist.

NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalists

Here are the horses, riders and horse pedigrees of the 2022 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalists (Finalist, rider, horse pedigree):

Dust Off Ya GunnsPete DeFreitas(Gunnatrashya x One Mighty Aphrodite x Conquistador Whiz)
ShesgottabeaquikchicTrent Harvey(Spooks Gotta Whiz x Nestle Quik Chic x Chocolate Chic Olena)
Dirty DiamondsMelanie Petroll(Whizkey N Diamonds x Wimpys Cat Step x Wimpys Little Step)
Guns And DynamiteMatt Mills(Gunners Special Nite x Chic Olena Starbuck x Smart Starbuck)
Hey RoyCraig Schmersal(Star Spangled Whiz x Dun It For Chex x Hollywood Dun It)
Excessive RufnessJason Vanlandingham(Not Ruf At All x Smokin Lady Gunner x Gunner)
BlueyedgirlFranco Bertolani(Gunners Tinseltown x Shining Survivor x Shining Spark)
Special Nite RiderAustin Roush(Gunners Special Nite x Fancy Voodoo x Boomboomvoodoodaddy)
Magnums Custom DreamCasey Hinton(Magnum Chic Dream x Gunna Be Custom x Gunner)
Old Time RoknrollTrevor Dare(A Sparkling Vintage x Roxie Boom x Boomernic)
JulzDan Huss(Whizkey N Diamonds x Ms Dreamy x Magnum Chic Dream)
Dainty Little SpookBrandon Brant(Smart Spook x Dainty Little Step x Wimpy Little Step)
Pale Dun StarFernando Salgado(Pale Face Dunnit x Get Ya Some Stars [PT] x RR Star [PT])
Trash Your GalShawn Flarida(Gunnatrashya x Ima Sailors Gal x Wimpys Little Step)
Starjac VintageAndrea Fappani(A Sparkling Vintage x Starjac Miss x Hollywood Jac 86)
AmericasnexttopgunCasey Deary(Walla Walla Whiz x Americasnextgunmodel x Gunner)
Electricial SpookCraig Schmersal(Jacs Electric Spark x Ebony Spook x Smart Spook)
Magnum Del CieloFrancesco Martinotti(Magnum Chic Dream x Rosetta Rooster x Gallo Del Cielo [Rooster])
Thee ElectricianAdam Hendrickson(Jacs Electric Spark x Snip O Chex x Nu Chex To Cash)
Mr Royal HollywoodBrian Bell(Hollywoodstinseltown x Cee Miss Hollywood x Custom Crome)
Gunna Bet My BoonGabrian Diano(Gunnatrashya x Flox N Blu Boon x Pretty Boy Boon)
Dun Shined EmMarco Ricota(Shine Chic Shine x Dun Dry Whiz x Conquistador Whiz)
Alpha Jac SparrowShawn Flarida(Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chexanicki x Bueno Chexinic)
Spooks In TinseltownRyan Rushing(Spooks Gotta Whiz x Holly Tinseltown x Primary Pine)
IcecubeAndrea Fappani(SG Frozen Enterprize x Taris Designer Genes x Mr Boomerjac)
Americas GunslingerMatt Millers(Walla Walla Whiz x Americasnextgunmodel x Gunner)
Super MariooCade McCutcheon(Gunnatrashya x HA Chic A Tune x Smart Chic Olena)
Hesa Rockin WhizDuane Latimer(Topsail Whiz x A Bueno Poco Dunit x Hollywood Dun It)
Gunners RockstarTom McCutcheon(Gunners Speical Nite x Belle Starr Dun It x Hollywood Dun It)
MakendiamondsJared Leclair(Whizkey N Diamonds x Makeit In Tinseltown x Hollywoodstinseltown)
Best ShineJason Vanlandingham(Shine Chic Shine x Best Stop x Custom Crome)
WhizkersMartin Larcombe(Spooks Gotta Whiz x Watch Me Purr x High Brow Cat)
GunnamakeyalovemeAbby Lengel(Gunnatrashya x Make It With A Twist x Dun It With A Twist)
Shiner On My EyeShawn Flarida(Shiners Voodoo Dr x Flashy Lil Step x Wimpys Little Step)
Certified FreakTrevor Dare(Spooks Gota Whiz x SDP A Lasting Step x Wimpys Little Step)
Shiny Silver ChexFranco Bertolani(Shiners Voodoo Dr x Dun It For Chex x Hollywood Dun It)
ChicowhizCody Sapergia(Smart Chic Olena x Whizicle x Topsail Whiz)
Bob ReinerFernando Salgado(Topsail Whiz x Guna be Customized x Gunner)
That Was QuikTrent Harvey(Gunnatrashya x Nestle Quik Chic x Chocolate Chic Olena)
Witness Some SwaggerYonathan Baruch(Colonels Shining Gun x Lil Cash For My Chic x Nu Chex To Cash)