Known to his many fans by his barn name, “Maverick,” the flashy stallion Americasnexttopgun has quickly become one of the reining industry’s household names.
The stallion’s popularity is likely to rise even more with his latest victory, the 2022 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Level 4 Open Championship. He and trainer Casey Deary knocked off that title Saturday, June 24, with the top score of 223.5 in Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The win came with a $75,000 first-place check, which pushed Americasnexttopgun’s lifetime earnings to more than $346,008 for owner Puno Performance Horses LLC.
Previously, Americasnexttopgun’s biggest win was the 2020 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Level 4 Open Championship. He and Deary entered this year’s 6666 NRHA Derby, Presented by Markel, with a Level 4 Open Co-Reserve Championship in this year’s NRBC.
Americasnexttopgun is the leading earner out of Americasnextgunmodel, a daughter of Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) who Deary rode to the 20xx NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Championship. Deary and his wife, Nicole, first saw her as a young horse, and knew she could be something extraordinary.
“That’s such a special mare,” Deary said during the NRHA livestream. “That mare was one that my wife and I saw at the 2-year-old sale and she all but threatened me to make sure that one didn’t get away.”
Owned by Arcese Quarter Horses, Americasnextgunmodel won more than $236,980 with Deary in the saddle during her show career and went on to become an outstanding broodmare with more than $795,000 in progeny earnings.
Her most successful progeny include Americasnexttopgun‘s full sister, Americas Supermodel, who earned more than $236,981 and was the 2020 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion.
Arcese Quarter Horses is the breeder of Americasnexttopgun.