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