The richest event in reining isn’t happening this year.
The 2020 Run For A Million (TRFAM) is canceled, officials announced Thursday, June 11, citing complications due to restrictions in place meant to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“The goal of THE LAST COWBOY and RUN FOR A MILLION [sic] is to celebrate and grow the sport of reining,” the statement said. “The inaugural RUN FOR A MILLION [sic] generated an excitement that spread beyond the world of reining to all western performance horse disciplines — it could be felt at cutting events, cow horse events and even in the world of rodeo.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to produce and film THE LAST COWBOY or THE RUN FOR A MILLION [sic] in August. We have made the difficult decision to postpone the event until it can be produced with the same energy and excitement we experienced at the inaugural event.”
TRFAM was originally scheduled for July 28-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas at the South Point Arena. Officials said all competitors who qualified in the Rookie, Non-Pro and the 2019 Open Shootout will still be eligible to show when the event is rescheduled.
Riders who have entered qualifiers but not yet competed may “allow that entry fee to carry over or they may have their entry fee refunded and re-enter once a date and schedule is released,” officials said.
Vendors’ deposits will also be refunded.
In its inaugural year, TRFAM and the accompanying reality television series “The Last Cowboy,” which followed several of the invited competitors, took the reining industry by storm. With more than $1.2 million paid out, it became the richest event in the sport.
Along with the Million-Dollar Competition, Open Shootout, Invitational Freestyle, and Rookie and Non-Pro championships, the 2020 edition of TRFAM included an Open Bridle Shootout for reined cow horses.