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Colonels Smokingun surpasses historic $11 Million Sire mark

Press release courtesy NRHA

Thanks to the recent success of his offspring in both the U.S. and Europe, legendary stallion and National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame Inductee, Colonels Smokingun, is the newest NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire. He is only the second sire to reach this milestone.

Owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay of McQuay Stables Inc., Tioga, Texas, the 1993 stallion was bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Alabama. By Colonelfourfreckle (QH) and out of Katie Gun (QH), “Gunner” was a stand-out in the show pen. Some of his accolades include 1996 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, 1997 APHA Junior Reining World 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 top-earning offspring are:

  • Tinker With Guns (by Tinker Nic): $344,117.65 NRHA LTE
  • Gunners Tinseltown (by Miss Tinseltown): $305,307.49 NRHA LTE
  • Americasnextgunmodel (by Cee Dun It Do It): $289,486.18 NRHA LTE
  • Gunners Special Nite (by Mifs Doll): $219,737.15 NRHA LTE
  • Gunnatrashya (by Natrasha): $218,046.65 NRHA LTE

Gunner is also the sire of 18 APHA world or reserve world champions. He was inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame in 2013.


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 promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.

About NRHA
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.