Our Condolences – Butch Gardill

Charles “Butch” J. Gardill, age 76 of Union Township, Finleyville, Pennsylvania, rode his last horse to the Lord on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. He was born on March 19, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a son of Dr. John and Liebetha (Muschkey) Gardill.

Butch operated a 50 horse boarding and training facility for over 40 years, managed a thoroughbred breeding farm for over 20 years, and was a past president of the National Reining Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Roberta (Healy) Gardill, an accomplished equestrian; a stepson, Fred D. Gerace, a western horseman; one granddaughter, Toni Ann Gerace, also an accomplished equestrian; and his brother, John (Claudia) Gardill and their family, of Mercer, Pennsylvania.

Please follow the funeral home website for further details: www.stephendslater.com.

In lieu of flowers, Butch’s family suggests donations to “No Dog Left Behind” – https://nodogleftbehind.org/donate/.

Photo from Stephen D. Slater Funeral Home

Gunnatrashya – NRHA’s Newest Two Million Dollar Sire

For Immediate Release- Oklahoma City, Okla., December 7, 2018 – Thanks to the success of his offspring at the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, we are excited to announce that Gunnatrashya is NRHA’s newest Two Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Gunnatrashya is by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Natrasha.

The 2006 sorrel stallion had just as successful of a career in the show pen as he has had in the breeding shed. With NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Shawn Flarida at the reins, Gunnatrashya was the 2009 All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity Champion, 2009 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, and 2010 NRHA Open Derby Champion. Even with limited showing, he has NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of over $218,000.

Gunnatrashya had 65 offspring entered in the 2018 NRHA Futurity (Open and Non Pro), and together they earned just under $300,000 at the event, giving him a lifetime total of $2,166,218.70 in offspring earnings. One of the most notable offspring was Gunna Stop, owned by Alexandria Gokey, who won more than $66,429 alone under Austin Lee Roush. Gunna Stop was both Level (L) 1 and L2 Champion, placed 5th in L3, and was a L4 finalist at the Futurity. Additionally, KR Ima Trashya, owned by Leslie Martin, earned over $20,392 and Gunnarickashay, owned by Jody and Jolan Puno, won more than $14,994. Gunnatrashya currently stands at Oswood Stallion Station.

Gunnatrashya’s top earning offspring are:

  • ARC Gunnabeabigstar (out of Wimpys Little Chic): $294,874.72 NRHA LTE
  • Inferno Sixty Six (out of Snip O Gun): $203,495.54 NRHA LTE
  • ARC Gunna Mark Ya (out of Shiney Miss Marker): $163,877.50 NRHA LTE
  • ARC Gunna Sparkya (out of Sailing Spark): $119,605.61 NRHA LTE
  • Loveya (out of Love Em N Lena): $93,000.80 NRHA LTE

Congratulations to Gunnatrashya and Arcese Quarter Horses USA on this outstanding achievement!

Photo (first) by Cam Essick 

Photo (second) by Waltenberry

NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider: Craig Schmersal

For Immediate Release – December 5, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) sends congratulations to its newest NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider: Craig Schmersal. Schmersal qualified three horses for the NRHA Open Futurity Finals this past weekend –Ladysdreamofblueeyes, The Star Jersey, and Pale Quistador – to reach the next level in his career.

On Ladysdreamofblueeyes, owned by Tim J. Anderson, Schmersal placed fourth in the level (L) 4 open division. He also rode Anderson’s The Star Jersey and Pale Quistador, owned by B S Syndicate, winning nearly $80,000 in all. His added winnings have secured him a spot on the short list of riders who have earned in excess of four million dollars in official NRHA earnings alongside Shawn Flarida and Andrea Fappani.

Schmersal, an NRHA Professional and Judge, has competed in NRHA events since 1988. The Scottsdale, Arizona resident has moved through the NRHA ranks over the years, starting with his first show as a youth in Pennsylvania. He quickly became a name in the industry and a perennial major event finalist, along with the help of his wife Ginger.

Some of Schmersal’s major NRHA achievements include:

  • 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold medalist and 2005 FEI World Reining Masters CRI-A Open Champion Tidal Wave Jack (owned by B S Syndicate)
  • 2004 NRHA Derby Open Champion on Commanders Nic (owned by Craig and Ginger Schmersal)
  • 2008 CRI-A Open USEF National Champion riding Mr Dual Rey (owned by Holly Casey)
  • 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold and Individual Silver medalist, as well as 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic Open Champion on Mister Montana Nic (owned by Boom Shernic Syndicate)
  • 2011 FEI World Reining Finals and Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic CRIO-A Champion on Miss Lil Addy Tude (owned by KC Performance Horses, LLC)
  • 2014 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Champion on Xtra Electric Meter (owned by Eric Unger)
  • 2017 NRHA Futurity Champion on Face The Attitude (owned by Hickory Creek Ranch, LLC)

Photo provided by Schmersal Reining Horses

A New Million Dollar Face – Pale Face Dunnit

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 29, 2018 – Members of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) enjoy welcoming new faces to the sport every day. From eager youth wanting to experience a sliding stop and breeders bringing new prospects to the show pen to the moments when NRHA honors a new Million Dollar Sire, all levels of accomplishment are celebrated. Today, NRHA recognizes Pale Face Dunnit as a new face in the NRHA Million Dollar Sires club with unofficial offspring earnings totaling more than $1 million.

Pale Face Dunnit is proudly owned by Schmersal Reining Horses and Silver Spurs Equine of Scottsdale, Arizona, where he stands at stud. The 2007 AQHA/APHA palomino/dunalino stallion has ties running deep in Arizona having been bred by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rancho Oso Rio, LLC also located in Scottsdale. “Gold Digger” is by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Lena Dun It ($48,600+ NRHA LTE) by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It.

Pale Face Dunnit started his show career under the guidance of NRHA Million Dollar Rider Randy Paul and owner Shari Kay Jaster winning the Rocky Mountain Summer Slide Level (L)4 Open Futurity Championship, tying for 3rd in Scottsdale L4 Open Futurity, and placing in the top ten at the NRHA L4 Open Futurity. Following those achievements, Craig and Ginger Schmersal (Hickory Creek Ranch, LLC) purchased Gold Digger in 2011. With NRHA Three Million Dollar Craig Schmersal in the saddle, he went on to be a two-time NRHA L4 Open Derby finalist, National Reining Breeders Classic L4 Open finalist, High Roller Reining Classic L4 Open Derby Reserve Champion (229 score), top ten finisher at the AQHA World Championship Show in Junior Reining, and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Open Reserve Champion. In all, Pale Face Dunnit earned more than $70,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings

The accomplished show horse switched gears breeding to a limited number of mares starting in 2011. The following seasons saw more and more breeders taking their mares to him looking for their next champion. Now with only four foals crops of competition age, Pale Face Dunnit has proven his worth in the breeding shed and earned the distinction of being an NRHA Million Dollar Sire. Pale Face Dunnit’s top performing offspring include:

  • Face The Attitude (out of Miss Lil Addy Tude) – $161,700 NRHA LTE
  • Phantom Face (out of Gorgeous Like A Star) – $94,800 NRHA LTE
  • Gold Digging Dunnit (out of Dun It Reining) – $91,700 NRHA LTE
  • Pale Black Gun (out of Blazing In Black) $89,700 NRHA LTE
  • Pale Face Gunslinger (out of Lost In Tinseltown) $61,500 NRHA LTE

Photo by John Brasseaux

NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire – Einsteins Revolution

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 23, 2018 – In June 2015, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) welcomed Einsteins Revolution to the elite NRHA Million Dollar Sire club. Today, NRHA congratulates him and his owners Silver Spurs Equine & Vandorp on surpassing $2 million in NRHA offspring earnings.

Einsteins Revolution is a 2002 stallion bred by Christian and Rosi Wagner of Germany. In 2005, Ruben Vandorp became a part owner and the Wagner & Vandorp partnership was listed as his official owner. Vandorp became the young prospect’s trainer and guided the young stallion’s budding career. His oversight involved having multiple NRHA Professionals show the dun dynamo.

  • Tim McQuay, NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee, showed the stallion to a Level (L) 4 Open finalist position at the 2005 NRHA Futurity.
  • Shawn Flarida, NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee, showed him at the 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), winning the L4 Open Champion title.
  • Vandorp and Einsteins Revolution collected the L3 Open division win and the L4 reserve title at the 2007 NRBC. At the following NRHA Derby, with Vandorp at the reins, the stallion earned the Level 3 Open Championship.

Einsteins Revolution, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve) and out of Fly Flashy Jac by Boggies Flashy Jac, was the first horse to earn more than $300,000 in NRHA events! All told he has NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $352,720.

When he went to the breeding shed, Einsteins Revolution created much excitement based on his show pen success and quickly proved his worth as a sire, attracting some of the best mares in the performance horse industry. Currently, his total offspring earnings are $2,004,006.  Einsteins Revolution stands in Scottsdale, Arizona, at Silver Spurs Equine.
Einsteins Revolution’s top-earning offspring include:

  • Turn Down For What (out of My Way Marla) – $181,495 NRHA LTE
  • Revolution Is Dun (out of Miss Whiz Done Dunit) – $165,950 NRHA LTE
  • Footwork Revolution (out of Fancy Footwork) – $110,604 NRHE LTE
  • Snip O Lution (out of Snip O Chex) – $94,199 NRHA LTE
  • Relatively Sweet (out of Sweet Ginger Chic) – $67,448 NRHA LTE

Photo by John Brasseaux