NRHA’s Newest Nine Million Dollar Sire – Gunner

NRHA’s Newest Nine Million Dollar Sire – Gunner

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 10, 2017 –  Following a successful event for his offspring at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that the legendary stallion and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Gunner (AQHA Colonels Smoking Gun, APHA Colonels Smokingun) is unofficially the newest Nine Million Dollar Sire. He is only the third sire to reach this milestone.

Unofficially, Gunner’s offspring earned in excess of $131,000 at the 2017 NRBC, helping push the late sire over the nine-million-dollar mark by $63,000.

Owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay of McQuay Stables Inc., Tioga, Texas, the 1993 stallion was bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Ala. By Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun, Gunner was a stand out in the show pen. Some of his accolades include: 1996 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, 1998 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, and 2001 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions National Reining Champion in Gladstone, New Jersey. His NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE) total more than $173,700.

Gunner’s highest money-earning progeny include:

  • Tinker With Guns (out of Tinker Nic): NRHA LTE over $344,100
  • Gunners Tinseltown (out of Miss Tinseltown): NRHA LTE over $305,300
  • Americasnextgunmodel (out of Cee Dun It Do It): NRHA LTE over $289,400
  • Gunners Special Nite (out of Mifs Doll): NRHA LTE over $219,700
  • Gunnatrashya (out of Natrasha): NRHA LTE over $218,00

Equipment Clarification – Belly Bands

The NRHA Executive Committee recently made a clarification to Rules for Judging. B.(4)(b) and (i) concerning belly bands and belly wraps. This type of equipment, or other materials wrapped around the belly, can cover abuse prior to and during exhibition, and can give an unfair advantage. Therefore, the use of this type of equipment in pre-check or in the show pen is not allowed and will result in a no score.

NRHA’s equipment rules can be found starting on page 79 of the NRHA Handbook in the Rules for Judging Section.

NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire Shines Brighter Than Hollywood

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 4, 2017 –  The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce its newest unofficial earner of the Million Dollar Sire milestone, Hollywoodstinseltown. The 2004 AQHA Palomino stallion, owned and bred by David Silva, Sr. joined this elite club after his offspring’s great success at the 2017 National Reining Breeder’s Classic (NRBC). Together, Hollywoodstinseltown’s offspring unofficially earned over $52,000 throughout the event.

Hollywoodstineltown is by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Miss Tinseltown. His success isn’t limited just to the breeding shed; Hollywoodstinseltown boasts over $185,800 NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE) during his show career. The flashy palomino’s accomplishments include: 2007 NRHA Futurity Open Prime Time Champion and Open Level 4 finalist with NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Three Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay; 2008 NRBC Open Level 4 finalist with Tim McQuay; 2009 NRBC Open Level 3 Champion and 2009 NRHA Derby Open Level 4 Reserve Champion and Level 3 Open Champion with Marco Ricotta; 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist with March Ricotta; 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ Team Competition Gold medalist and Individual Competition fourth place.

Hollywoodstinseltown’s highest money-earning progeny include:

  • Tinseltown Fly Guy (out of Fly Flashy Jac): NRHA LTE over $249,300
  • Smokinghot Hollywood (out of Smoking Rose): NRHA LTE over $79,300
  • Tinseltown Flash (out of Billie Gun Flash): NRHA LTE over $57,100
  • Missedouttinseltown (out of Miss Sliding Peppy): NRHA LTE over $30,800
  • Woodys Toy Gun (out of Gunners Pearl): NRHA LTE over $29,500

NRHA congratulates Hollywoodstinseltown and his owner, David Silva, Sr., for achieving Million Dollar Sire status.

List of 2017 AHP Equine Media Awards Finalists Released


List of 2017 AHP Equine Media Awards Finalists Released 

APRIL 25, 2017 – The wait is over. The finalists in the 2017 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards (EMA) have been named. “This announcement ends two-months of anticipation for the 71 AHP members who have learned that they placed in the top five in one or more of 64 classes,” says Chris Brune, AHP Executive Director and EMA Coordinator. 

Held since 1974, the AHP annual awards contest provides members with an opportunity to be recognized for excellence in equine media. This year’s competition for material published in 2016 drew 783 entries from 105 members, an increase in entries and participants from last year.

The Equine Media Awards, open to AHP members only, offer a Publishing Media Division for publications and freelancers and a Business division for equine-related businesses, organizations, and colleges.

The awards not only recognize excellence in equine media, but every entry is critiqued by professional judges to encourage members to improve.

The excitement isn’t over for the finalists. The next milestone is the announcement of the winners. Awards are placed first, second, third, or honorable mention, so every finalist is recognized for their achievement. The Equine Media Awards presentation will be held on Saturday evening, June 17, 2017, at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley during the AHP “Saddle Up for Scottsdale” Equine Media Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Members interested in attending the AHP Equine Media Conference & Awards in Scottsdale can access conference information and register online at

The results of the Equine Media Awards will be available on the AHP website after the awards presentation in June.

Who will be this year’s stars who earn EMA gold in Scottsdale? Here is the list of AHP members who are Equine Media Award finalists for 2017. Congratulations! 


American Cowboy

American Racehorse

America’s Horse

Barrel Horse News


California Horsetrader


Cowgirl Magazine

Daily Racing Form

Dressage Today

Driving Digest

Equine Career Network

Equine Journal


Hoof Beats

Horse & Rider

Horse Illustrated

Horse Radio Network LLC

Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred

Modern Arabian Horse

New York Horse

NRHA Reiner

Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine

Paint Horse Journal

PATH Intl. Strides

Pennsylvania Equestrian

Practical Horseman

Quarter Horse News

Ranch Horse Journal

Sidelines Magazine


The American Quarter Horse Journal

The Chronicle of the Horse

The Florida Horse

The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care

Thoroughbred Daily News


USDF Connection

USHJA In Stride

Western Horse and Gun

Western Horseman Magazine

Megan Arszman

Abigail Boatwright

Melinda Brown

Kate Bradley Byars

Sarah Evers Conrad

Jennifer Keeler

Bianca McCarty

Merri Melde

Kathryn Navarra

Dusty Perin

Cheri Prill

Kelly Sanchez

Kara Stewart

Scott Trees


American Paint Horse Association

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

Central Garden & Pet

Certified Horsemanship Association

Horse Lifestyle

Horseware Products, Ltd.

Manna Pro Products, LLC

Monty Roberts JOIN UP International

National Reining Horse Association

Ohio Quarter Horse Association

Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc.

PM Advertising

Purina Animal Nutrition

Road to the Horse/Ride the Remuda Productions



American Horse Publications has united equine-related publishing media, businesses, professionals, colleges, and students for nearly 50 years. The non-profit professional association promotes excellence in equine publishing media and encourages relationships and communication within the horse industry. For more information, visit

Contact: Christine Brune
Phone: (386) 760-7743

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Andrea Fappani claims his fourth NRBC Open Championship

Andrea Fappani claims his fourth NRBC Open Championship riding Chic Dreamin for owners Silver Spurs Equine

The long miles, hard work and hours spent putting the finishing touches on some of the toughest reining horses in the country culminated inside the Great Southwest Equestrian Center at the National Reining Breeders Classic with a crowd-raising performance. The focus of the night was the Open Classic Finals where the competitors showed up to battle it out for championship prizes, bragging rights and $75,000.

Finishing the night on top of the field was Andrea Fappani riding Chic Dreamin (Magnum Chic Dream x Skeets Red Dunit) to a score of 229 to top the Level 4 and be crowned the NRBC Open Classic champion.

“It never gets old to win anywhere, especially not here,” Fappani said. “It’s a special place and holds a special place in my heart because this is where I marked a 236, which is still today the highest in NRHA history, so it’s a great place where you can really showcase your horse.”

Fappani and the 5-year-old stallion owned by Silver Spurs Equine wowed the crowd with a stellar performance, proving why the NRBC is one of Fappani’s favorite shows and why he had such confidence going into the finals aboard the flashy sorrel.

“I was waiting for something to maybe not go as planned,” Fappani said with a laugh. “It kept going as I planned it, everything was just right on. I was having fun, to be honest. It was one of those runs where judges award a high score, but it’s not like I was trying that hard. I just let it be. A lot of times you get to some of these finals and you know you have to have a big score to win. You almost try too hard then you get into the penalty box or you override your horse.

“I knew I had a horse that could really mark in the stops,” he continued. “I had a pattern with four stops so I said as long as I nail my stops and stay out of the penalty box I should be in good shape.”

This year marked the fourth time Fappani has claimed the NRBC Open Finals championship, and he says it’s taken a lot of hard work to get here.

“Hard work pays off, that’s what I tell everybody,” Fappani said. “[Some people] think it’s luck but it’s really not. You have to put your head down and work, no matter what you win; the next one’s not going to win itself. You have to go home, go to work and do the best you can.”

Fappani also had success on two other horses in tonight’s finals finishing fourth aboard Smart Shiners Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines), owned by Silver Spurs Equine, with a score of 224.5. Aboard Thebettertohearuwith (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl) owned by Bill Coburn, he marked a 220.5 to split 15th place Robin Schoeller riding Spitfire Spook and Franco Bertolani riding Inferno Sixty Six

For some, the fast change between horses in such a high-pressure situation could be nerve-racking however, Fappani says the many years of practice has prepared him.

“It’s easier now because I’ve done it enough,” Fappani said about how he prepares mentally for each horse. “I have a plan the day before [I show] and then I separate all the horses and think one horse at a time. When I got on my first horse tonight I knew what I had to think about what I wanted with that horse and that all I focused on. Then, when I got off that horse, I focused on the next one and don’t think about the last one I rode; I erase it from my memory pretty much.

“I’ve learned that along the way because you just never know what’s going to happen next,” he continued. “I’ve learned to focus on one horse at a time and just go with it.”

Along with the $75,000 for the title, Fappani took home one year’s use of a deluxe two-horse horse trailer from Twin Cities Trailer Sales, a custom championship saddle sponsored by Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by NRBC, a crystal trophy from NRBC, Anderson Bean boots, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care plus other NRBC sponsored products like a custom embroidered cooler, a commemorative champion medal, and champion ribbon collar and roses.

Brian Bell and Dany Tremblay each marked a 225.5 to share the reserve championship in the Level 4. Bell rode Turn Down For What (Einsteins Revolution x My Way Marla) owned by Crews Reining Horses. Tremblay rode Adh Mor Big Luck Ranch’s PS Mega Shine Chic (Shine Chic Shine x Megas Sugar Baby). They each received $41,000 for the reserve co-championship, a Gist Silversmiths reserve champion buckle sponsored by NRBC, a custom embroidered cooler from NRBC, a commemorative reserve champion medal from NRBC and 30 day supply of Cosequin ASU Plus from Nutramax.

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