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