The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to recognize Snip O Gun as an NRHA Million Dollar Dam.
Owned by Hilldale Farm, Snip O Gun is one of only three dams to produce offspring that reached the million-dollar earnings mark to date. She crossed the million-dollar milestone during the 2019 NRHA Futurity where her offspring earned more than $50,000.
Snip O Gun, affectionately known as “Snip,” made a name for herself despite harboring no show record of her own. The 1993 bay mare produced big-name reiners, including Inferno Sixty Six (by Gunnatrashya), Big Chex To Cash (by Nu Chex To Cash), Hot Smokin Chex (by Nu Chex To Cash) and Chexmaster (by Nu Chex To Cash).
“If a mare doesn’t have a show record, or you can’t afford one that does, you buy a mare with the best conformation and pedigree to cross with your stallions,” said owner Tammye Hutton of Hilldale Farm. “The only stud we had was Nu Chex To Cash, so we bought mares for him. I felt Snip was the perfect cross.”
Snip’s conformation emulates the foundational bloodlines of the American Quarter Horse. That, paired with her “cool” temperament, made her an ideal match for Nu Chex To Cash. Once he was done breeding, Hutton knew Snip would also cross well with Gunnatrashya and Colonels Shining Gun.
“Snip is just very calm, cool, and collected,” Hutton said. “I’m guessing if she would’ve had more than 30 days under saddle she would’ve been extremely athletic; she’s made for it. But she’s so laid back that you would’ve had to really ask her to do what you wanted; but that’s probably why she works well on different stallions.”
Hutton said, “She’s round from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail.”
“She has a big, soft, intelligent eye,” Hutton added. “She has a pretty neck that ties into her shoulder perfectly. She has a lot of bone, substance, and depth.”
Not to mention she stands on four strong feet.
Perhaps it’s just personal bias, or it’s the bold-face truth, Hutton said she’d be hard-pressed to find a fault in the mare. In the end, it was Snip’s personality and demeanor that captured Hutton’s heart.
“She’s very sweet, quiet, and laid back,” Hutton said. “She likes to graze and be with her horse buddies, but she’s also the first one to the gate when I whistle.”
Snip O Gun’s top-performing offspring include:
· Inferno Sixy Six (by Gunnatrashya): $205,690 LTE
· Big Chex To Cash (by Nu Chex To Cash): $194,260 LTE
· Hot Smokin Chex (by Nu Chex To Cash): $186,598 LTE
· Chexmaster (by Nu Chex To Cash): $103,911 LTE
· Snips Shining Gun (by Gunner): $52,817 LTE
· Snip O Satellite (by Nu Chex To Cash): $52,057 LTE
· Snip O Chex (by Nu Chex To Cash): $50,648 LTE
· Chexamillion (by Nu Chex To Cash): $35,377 LTE
· Rio Killer Gun (by CFR Centenario Wimpy): $33,752 LTE
· Snip O One (by A Sparkling Vintage): $31,911 LTE