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Reining Horse’s Death Under Investigation

bellagunnabegifted bwilliams 12wBella Gunnabe Gifted, pictured last year with former trainer Barbara Williams • photo by WaltenberryThe recent death of a 5-year-old reining mare while she was training at a California ranch is under investigation, a San Diego County Animal Services official has confirmed.

According to Dan DeSousa, deputy director of the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, a necropsy on Bella Gunnabe Gifted has been ordered and charges could be filed if abuse is determined to be a factor in the mare’s death. The investigation also could determine abuse was not a factor, or it could prove inconclusive.


Enter To Win A Piece Of Equine History!

VitaFlexCalling all Reiners! Vita Flex is giving you a chance to own a piece of equine history. Enter for a chance to win one of four autographed horseshoes from NRCHA Million Dollar Rider, Hall of Famer and Victory Team member Bob Avila and his World Class horses Docs Soula and Brother White.

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Shining Spark is NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire

Carol Shiner 05 0316 webCarol Rose and Shining Spark • photo by Cappy JacksonThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark has become the sixth Four Million Dollar Sire. This historic milestone puts him among others such as Hollywood Dun It, Topsail Whiz, Smart Chic Olena, Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner), and Wimpys Little Step. His offspring have won a total of $4,041,790 to date.

Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) Laid To Rest

GunnerAt McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas, the focus has long been on exceptional performance - both human and equine. But people close to owners Tim and Colleen McQuay know that underlying all the awards and accolades the couple's real focus has always been the love of the horse.

So, losing any horse would be hard. But saying goodbye to a great one pushed the difficulty to another level when Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as "Gunner," lost his battle with laminitis on July 8. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire was humanely put down after spending the last week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, Texas, under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll.

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Smart Like Juice Inc. Named NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Owner

MoonshineJuice JVazquezSmart Like Juice Inc. owner Jose Vazquez aboard Moonshine Juice after winning the 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Non-Pro. Photo by WaltenberryThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to add Jose Vazquez's Smart Like Juice Inc. to its exclusive Million Dollar Owner list. This outstanding achievement makes Smart Like Juice Inc. No. 7 on this list, placing them among greats like Lance Griffin, Tim McQuay, Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Rosanne Sternberg, Rancho Oso Rio LLC, and David Silva Sr.