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September 27, 2012
Paint Stallion Colonels Smokingun Reaches $4 Million
First as a performer then as a sire, American Paint Horse Colonels Smokingun has always overachieved. The standout stallion, known to his fans as simply “Gunner,” has clinched another milestone in reining history. The National Reining Horse Association reports that as of September 12, Gunner’s offspring have earned $4,0009,637, pushing him from an NRHA $3 Million Sire to a $4 Million Sire in less than a year.
An APHA World Champion and Superior-event earner, Gunner was also an NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and United States Equestrian Federation Reining Champion before joining the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2003. The sorrel overo earned nearly $175,000 in his performance career.
Gunner offspring often carry the Paint’s eye-catching markings and a propensity for success. Gunner is owned by McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas, and was bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Alabama. The 19-year-old stallion is by Colonelsfourfreckle (QH) and out of Katie Gun (QH).
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About the American Paint Horse Association
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) is the world’s second largest equine breed association. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its global mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves more than 55,000 active youth and adult members around the world. For more information about the American Paint Horse Association, visit apha.com or connect with Paint Horse fans globally at facebook.com/americanpainthorse or on Twitter @APHANews and @WorldShow.