Madison Steed Wins Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity

Madison Steed

The Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity took center stage at The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 27 – Sept. 2. The Non Pro Futurity featured smart maneuvers and big stops while two competitors topped the day.

Madison Steed nearly swept the Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity taking home the championships in the Level 4, Level 3 and Level 2 from a score of 220.

Steed rode Into The Nite, a 3-year-old stallion by Gunners Special Nite out of Chexy Dun It, that’s she’s had since he was a yearling. Steed just came off of a collegiate championship prior to the Tulsa Reining Classic and says the success has been almost too good to believe.

“I don’t think it’s hit yet. He obviously was super good for me and just wanted to be my buddy in the arena and I couldn’t have asked for anymore from him,” Steed said.

Steed said her plan was to trust her mount and let him do his job in the pen. The strategy paid off with the big score and ultimately the championship titles. Steed says although at first she was a little anxious once she got into a groove in the pen and Into The Nite settled in as well then she was able to relax and enjoy the moment.

“He really just gave me the confidence of an old broke show horse and he’s been a lot of fun and I’m really thankful for him,” she said.

While Steed credits her trainer Yonathan Baruch for both her and Into The Nite’s success she was proud to say she helped in the training process.

“I’ve had him since he was a yearling and it was really fun to watch from the beginning to where we are now,” she said. “So, it was cool to be a part of that process and see where we are from point A to point B.

“I ride with Yonathan Baruch and I rode [Into The Nite] for the summer of his 2-year-old year. This was a learning thing for me and I wanted to do as much as I could on him. I did the very first lead change on him, whether or not that was a good call or not I don’t know,” she said with a laugh, “but I can say I did that.”

Michael Bulliard

Michael Bulliard rode Ha Trashy Tune (Gunnatrashya x HA Chic A Tune) to the Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity Level 1 and Prime Time championships. In the Level 1 the duo marked a score of 218.5 for the win, while in the Prime Time they scored a 221.5. The 3-year-old gelding has been with Bulliard since February 2018 and says he really came into his own while his wife, Trudy, was riding him. In fact, he credits his wife to their success, saying she’s the first to fully recognize the gelding’s talents.

“Trudy said we haven’t had a good one like this since 2009 (When Michael won the 2009 NRHA Futurity Non Pro Prime Time championship with My Royalty Chex), and Trudy said ‘[Ha Trashy Tune] was the best 2-year-old I’ve ever ridden since then,]” Bulliard said adding that they took the chance and the rest is history.

“Even through all the little bumps we’ve been through with him, he was really always a pleasure to work with,” he continued. “I’ve grown into really, really liking him a lot.”

Bulliard says he’s excited to get the win and that it’s a testament to the quality of horseflesh he’s riding, adding that HA Trashy Tune is the highest top-tier stallion’s offspring he’s ever had.

“It means a lot when you’re trying to compete at this level,” Bulliard said of riding HA Trashy Tune’s pedigree, which translated into Friday’s run. “I was pretty confident going in all this week preparing and getting ready. I listened to the advice Steve had and applied it and the run today was just really fun. His engine got going and I felt a different horse.”

Bulliard thanked Steve Archer, Trudy, Brian Bell, Casey Deary and Todd Martin for their support.

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Make That Two for Gunners Special Nite

After only three days of competition at the Tulsa Reining Classic, history is repeating itself for National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite. With successful performances by his offspring at the Tulsa event, the sorrel stallion has earned another million and unofficially surpassed the NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire mark.

By NRHA 10 Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Gunner and out of Mifs Doll, Gunners Special Nite was bred by Kim and Deborah Sloan. In 2010, Turnabout Farm, Inc. purchased the 2004 stallion and stood him at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, Inc. in Aubrey, Texas where he remains today.

Gunners Special Nite had a special reining career before moving on to even further success within the breeding shed. With NRHA Professional Tom McCutcheon and Marcy (Ver Meer) Starr at the reins, the stallion earned NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of nearly $220,000. His top finishes include:

  • 2007 NRHA Level (L)4 Open Futurity Reserve Champion and L3 Champion with Starr
  • 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) L4 Open Derby Finalist with Starr
  • 2010 NRBC L4 Open Derby top 10 finish with Starr
  • 2010 World Equestrian Games Individual and Team Gold Medalist with McCutcheon

The elite sire has produced eight foal crops, which include NRBC Champions and NRHA Futurity and Derby Finalists. At the 2018 Tulsa Reining Classic, the stallion’s offspring have already earned more than $10,000 – pushing Gunners Special Night over the two million dollar sire mark.

The stallion’s most notable offspring include:

  • Modern Gun (out of Taris Modern Design): NRHA LTE over $175,400
  • Baileys Not Painted (out of Darlins Not Painted): NRHA LTE over $72,800
  • Hollywood Nites (out of Dun It For Chex): NRHA LTE over $72,790
  • Wham Bam Gunner Man (out of Super Olena Chic): NRHA LTE over $63,880
  • Sunglasses At Nite (out of Chexy Dun It): NRHA LTE over $55,510

Photo by John Brasseaux

It’s Another Million for Spooks Gotta Gun

2018 has featured several historic milestones for many horses, riders, and owners within the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Adding his name to the record books this year is Spooks Gotta Gun. After crossing his million dollar mark in 2015, the stallion has earned another million – making him an NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire.

Spooks Gotta Gun is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Grays Starlight and out of Katie Gun. Bred by Eric Storey, the bay was purchased by Silver Spurs Equine in 2010. The 16-year-old stallion currently stands at Silver Spurs ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Before entering the breeding shed, Spooks Gotta Gun enjoyed a successful five-year career within the show pen. His first check came in 2005 at the Texas Classic with rider Clint Haverty at the reins. In total, the stallion earned nearly $80,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) with a variety of riders in the saddle. His top finishes include:

  • 2007 NRHA Level (L)3 and 4 Open Derby Finalist with rider Abigayle Mixon
  • 2008 MEC/WCEF L4 Open Derby Spectacular Reserve Champion with Andrea Fappani
  • 2008 NRHA L4 Open Derby – 3rd Place with Andrea Fappani
  • 2008 Reining by the Bay L4 Open Derby Champion with Andrea Fappani
  • 2009 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Horse Reining – 3rd Place with Andrea Fappani

With 10 offspring earning more than $50,000 in NRHA LTE, Spooks Gotta Gun has sired an abundance of successful reining horses during his career as a stud. His offspring include the 2010 NRHA L4 Futurity Champion, 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) L4 Open Derby Champion, 2012 NRHA L4 Open Derby Champion, 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games Individual and Team Gold Medalist, 2018 NRBC L3 Open Derby Champion, and multiple finalists in many of reining’s top events.

The stallion’s most notable offspring include:

  • NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz (out of Prettywhizprettydoes): NRHA LTE over $345,130
  • Spooksgottachicolena (out of Braz Us): NRHA LTE over $139,400
  • Oops Itsa Spooks (out of Tejons Finally Dunit): NRHA LTE over $105,070
  • The Kids Gotta Gun (out of Melimelo Kid): NRHA LTE over $100,360
  • Ifwhizswereguns (out of Ifwhizsweredollars): NRHA LTE over $95,900

Photo by John Brazzeaux