Reiners hoping to qualify for The Run For A Million (TRFAM) Million Dollar Invitational are having to adjust course.
Cactus Reining Classic officials announced Friday evening the Million Dollar qualifier originally planned for the Scottsdale, Arizona, event has moved to the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC).
“Due to the travel cancellation of the film crews from New York and Los Angeles, the Million Dollar Qualifier is being rescheduled to the NRBC. The RFAM Non Pro and Rookie Qualifiers are still a go. The overall show is not canceled,” the show announced on its Facebook page.
The Million Dollar qualifier is the only opportunity left for reiners to earn a spot in the Million Dollar Invitational held in conjunction with TRFAM event in Las Vegas. The show debuted last year, along with the unscripted television series “The Last Cowboy.”
The Cactus Reining Classic is scheduled to begin March 18 at the WestWorld of Scottsdale facility. While dozens of equine events have announced postponements and cancellations due to the spread of COVID-19 in recent days, show producer Amanda Brumley has repeatedly said the Cactus Classic will go on.
The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes, American Quarter Horse Association Convention, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Futurity, Road To The Horse, Rodeo Austin and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo are among the equine events canceled or postponed due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. The NRHA also announced it will close its Oklahoma City-based headquarters and move its employees to a remote workplace beginning March 16 through at least March 30.
Officials from the National Cutting Horse Association and the City of Fort Worth are currently examining the options for the NCHA Kit Kat Sugar Super Stakes.
An outbreak of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2, began in Wuhan, China, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It spread internationally and was declared a pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization.
As of 7:30 p.m. CST, the CDC reported 1,629 total cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with 41 total deaths recorded. The only states without any cases of COVID-19, as of Friday afternoon, are Alabama, Alaska, Idaho and West Virginia, according to the CDC website.
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