Gunners Special Nite Surpasses $7 Million Sire Milestone

Gunners Special Nite Gunners Special Nite Photo by NRHA Press Release | ©John Brasseaux
May 30, 2024

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is thrilled to announce a monumental achievement for Gunners Special Nite, who has officially become an NRHA $7 Million Dollar Sire. This historic milestone solidifies Gunners Special Nite’s position as one of the most influential sires in reining history and is a testament to his exceptional qualities that are consistently passed on to his offspring.

Bred by Kim and Debra Sloan and raised by Tim and Colleen McQuay, Gunners Special Nite is a flashy sorrel stallion sired by NRHA $13 Million Dollar Sire Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Mifs Doll (by Mifillena). Later purchased by Turnabout Farm Inc., Gunners Special Nite enjoyed a successful show career, earning nearly $220,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings and gold medals in the individual and team competition at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
However, Gunners Special Nite’s true legacy is cemented through his offspring. His progeny have consistently dominated the reining pen, as showcased earlier this year during the Cactus Reining Classic, where NRHA $2 Million Rider Duane Latimer and CS Especially Moody (out of Judys a Little Moody) rode to championships in both the Open Derby and The Run For A Million Qualifier with an impressive 225.5 score.
Most recently, National Reining Horse Youth Association Northeast Region Delegate, Alea Lasaponara, and Tagin Stiletto Chics (out of Stiletto Tag) helped push Gunners Special Nite past the $7 million mark after earning nearly $16,000 in non pro competition at the National Reining Breeders Classic.

Gunners Special Nite’s top-earning performers include:
    •    Modern Gun (out of Taris Modern Design), owned by MS Stables, bred by Turnabout Farm Inc., $362,126 NRHA LTE
    •    Guns And Dynamite (out of Chic Olena Starbuck), owned by Tim and MaryBeth Ruckman, bred by Turnabout Farm Inc., $297,756 NRHA LTE
    •    Baileys Not Painted (out of Darlins Not Painted), owned by Jenny Booth, bred by Turnabout Farm Inc., $ 147,443 NRHA LTE
    •    All Nite Partier (out of Topsail Survivor), owned by Sotol Investments LLC, bred by Deana Nell, $138,592 NRHA LTE
    •    Lenas Shining Gun (out of SL Lenas Chick), owned by Jackie Redish, bred by Roxanne Koepsell, $ 135,665 NRHA LTE

With his name now etched in NRHA history as an NRHA $7 Million Dollar Sire, Gunners Special Nite’s impact on the breed transcends generations. Breeders and reining enthusiasts alike can look forward to his influence shaping the future of reining champions for years to come. NRHA extends its heartfelt congratulations to Gunners Special Nite and all those who have contributed to his remarkable journey.

By NRHA Press Release