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APHA rewards Paints at 2016 NRBC

For the third consecutive year, high-scoring registered Paint Horses and their exhibitors took home beautiful Gist Silversmiths trophy buckles at the National Reining Breeders Classic, thanks to APHA. The show, which took place April 17–24 in Katy, Texas, is one of the nation’s richest National Reining Horse Association-approved events, boasting purses exceeding $1 million.


Four Paints ended up in the Top 10 of the prestigious Open Classic Finals with impressive scores exceeding 226.5. According to show management, approximately one-third of all horses showing this year were Paint-bred, most of which were already registered through APHA. Five horses eligible for APHA registration papers joined the family at the NRBC, thanks to on-site registration options, and one—Yes Ima Gunner—even took home a buckle in the Youth division, thanks to the last-minute decision.

Congratulations to the following 2016 APHA/NRBC buckle winners:

L1 Open Classic

Lil Money Gun, a 2011 palomino overo stallion by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Miss Shiney Cat (QH), ridden by Arnaud Ferret (right) for Double PR Ranch of Pilot Point, Texas

L2 Open Classic

DP Gunnaoutshinya, a 2011 sorrel overo stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Out Shinin Wimpy (QH), ridden by Jamie Bissell for Dorminy Plantation of Fitzgerald, Georgia

L3 Open Classic

Cannon Gun, a 2012 sorrel overo stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Tuckerette Command (QH), ridden by Gabe Hutchins for Tamarack Ranch of Joseph, Oregon

L4 Open Classic

Gunner Dun It Again, a 2011 buckskin overo stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Dun Its Deja Vu (QH), ridden by Andrea Fappani for Paulo Tripoloni of Brazil

Open & Open Classic Challenge

Doc Bars Smokingun, a 2007 palomino overo stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Docs Dunnit Bar (QH), ridden by Shane Brown for Glo Tazi of Castle Rock, Colorado

L1 Non-Pro Classic

Big Creme Chic, a 2010 sorrel overo gelding by Big Chex To Cash and out of Cremes Chic Olena (QH), ridden by Samantha Roper of Hobart, Indiana

L2 Non-Pro Classic

Diamond Studded Guns, a 2012 sorrel overo stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Like To Flo, ridden by Bailey Kolsun (below right) of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

L3 & L4 Non-Pro Classic

MsDreamy, a 2010 sorrel solid mare by Magnum Chic Dream (QH) and out of A Gal With A Gun, ridden by Rick Christen of Whitehouse, Ohio


Gunners Chic Magnet, a 2011 bay solid stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Wind Her Up Chic (QH), ridden by Michelina Carbone of South Bend, Indiana

Non-Pro Classic Challenge

Jumpin Jac Trash, a 2007 sorrel solid gelding by Trashadeous and out of Sail Away Rene (QH), ridden by Madison Steed of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada


Yes Ima Gunner, a 2005 sorrel solid gelding by Colonels Smokingun and out of Double Sweet BH (QH), ridden by Sidney Perdue of Granbury, Texas


Nuff Gun, a 2006 sorrel solid Paint-bred gelding by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Freckles Frannie (QH), ridden by Suzanne Allman-Mathura of Rockwall, Texas

Exhibitors and Paint Horse owners can look forward to even more opportunities to win Gist Silversmiths buckles this year at the Tulsa Reining Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas and the Southwest Reining Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The NRBC—along with other NRHA-approved reining events as well as cutting and cow horse competitions—is one of the numerous designated events for 2016 APHA World Show qualification. The show counts as one of the four required shows needed for participation-based qualification, as well as two of the eight required judges. For a complete list of shows, visit apha.com/reining.


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About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.