The Run For A Million, reining’s richest event, is expanding beyond sliding stops and turnarounds with the addition of the $150,000 Invitational Fence Work Challenge.
Top reined cow horse riders and their mounts will be showcased during the challenge, which will be held Aug. 20 at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas.
“We’re welcoming another division of the Western performance disciplines into The Run For A Million,” said Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group, producer of The Run For A Million. “This event is designed to celebrate the Western lifestyle, and the cow horse fence work challenge is a perfect fit for the event. It will add a huge amount of excitement watching these top riders and horses compete for $150,000.”
The competition, which will feature just the cow work part of the reined cow horse trifecta, involves taking a cow down the fence and then circling it up in the middle of the arena. It is open to bridle horses only and will pay out $60,000 to first place.
“It’s going to be incredible,” said NRCHA President Corey Cushing. “Who doesn’t like to watch great performance horses in whatever event they’re doing, especially when it’s the best? The fact that we get to showcase how talented and how great these animals can be, and with the stage being set as good as it’s going to be — it’s going to be incredible. The excitement’s already building.”
The invitational is open to the top 15 riders on the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open rider eligibility list, based on a three-year average. Those riders are:
- Corey Cushing
- Justin Wright
- Kelby Phillips
- Clayton Edsall
- Lance Johnston
- Sarah Dawson
- Nicholas Dowers
- Matt Koch
- Chris Dawson
- Zane Davis
- Luke Jones
- Erin Taormino
- Boyd Rice
- John Swales
- Clay Volmer
The reined cow horse industry has been in a state of growth over the last few years, and the addition of the Invitational Fence Work Challenge will expose the sport to even more Western performance horse enthusiasts, Cushing added. The time in the spotlight can only help the sport get better.
“A big thanks to Taylor [Sheridan] for putting this all together,” Cushing said. “For the time and effort that goes into these horses, and how much they mean to us, when we can go to a place like that and highlight them, all we can do is tell him thanks because the competitors and horses deserve it.”
The Run For A Million will take place Aug. 18-21 at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. To learn more about The Run For A Million, visit www.trfam.com, and find the show on Facebook here.
Purchase tickets for Friday night’s $150,000 Invitational Fence Work Challenge, Saturday’s $50,000 Farnam Invitational Freestyle, and Saturday night’s $1,000,000 Run For A Million Competition here.
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