Although some shows have dropped off the calendar, organizers say The Run For A Million reining is set to take place as planned. Some qualification requirements have been changed for this year’s edition.
Show producer Amanda Brumley said the show is still scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 1 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.
In a statement announcing plans for the show, Brumley said she and event creator Taylor Sheridan understand how important it is to get the industry kick-started again. This will be the second year for The Run For A Million show, which debuted last year in Las Vegas.
“Our trainers have lost horses in training, had to lay off help, and are looking at a grim future if we do not get back to showing horses,” Brumley said in the statement. “My heart is breaking for these people who rely on events like this to make a living. The trickle-down effect is astronomic, not just for trainers, show staff, vendors, venues, hotels, restaurants. I could go on and on. We absolutely must get back to work.”
Though currently closed, the South Point Casino is expected to reopen in late May.
South Point Equestrian Center General Manager Steve Stallworth anticipated the equestrian center would reopen a bit later on June 1, although the first horse show after the closure isn’t scheduled until the National Barrel Horse Association Professional’s Choice Super Show starts on July 2.
Run For A Million Qualifiers
Although organizers still plan to host The Run For A Million, organizers say cancellations of earlier shows will change the format for this year’s Million Dollar Invitational.
The plan had been for riders to qualify for the lucrative $1 million event at earlier shows, but due to cancellations the show would instead host a qualifier in the days leading up to the main event. Held in conjunction with the show’s $100,000 Open Shoot Out, it will be similar to a first go-round with the top 10 riders going on to compete in the Million Dollar competition scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1.
Also, the top five finishers in this year’s $100,000 Open Shoot Out automatically qualify for the 2021 Million Dollar Competition similar to the structure from 2019.
The Run For A Million will also host a Rookie and Non-Pro qualifier since there have been so many regional host events canceled, reducing the opportunities for exhibitors to get qualified for the Championships.
In addition to the $100,000 Open Shoot Out and the Million Dollar Invitational, The Run For A Million will have a $50,000 Added Non-Pro Championship and Bloomer Trailers Rookie Championship. The $50,000 Freestyle will be an invitational this year. Invitations will be sent to ten exhibitors in the coming weeks, Brumley said.
The event has also added a $100,000 Open Cow Horse Bridle Invitational presented by DT Horses which includes 15 of the top Open Riders from the National Reined Cow Horse Association. This performance takes place Friday, July 31.
Brumley said the reality television show that follows competitors as they prepare for The Run For A Million, The Last Cowboy, will once again air on Paramount Network. There will be some changes to the format to accommodate a shortened filming timeframe, she said.