With the addition of reined work to the planned 2021 The Run For A Million Invitational Fence Work Challenge, the National Reined Cow Horse Association approved sanctioning the special event as a Category 2 event. Officials say that means the money earned by the 15 invited riders at the event held during the show, which runs Aug. 18-21 in Las Vegas, Nevada, will count toward their lifetime NRCHA earnings.
On Thursday, July 29, the NRCHA approved The Run For A Million show management’s request for sanctioning. An NRCHA-approved reining pattern and fence work will both be on display.
“We couldn’t be more excited for reined cow horse to share the spotlight at The Run For A Million,” said NRCHA Executive Director Anna Morrison. “The ability to sanction the event and record the earnings makes this even sweeter, and is so meaningful to the riders and owners participating.”
A Category 2 approval indicates an event doesn’t meet Category 1 criteria for reasons such as restricted entry. In this instance, participation is restricted to the 15 riders invited to compete due to their ranking in the top 15 NRCHA Open riders for the last three-year show total earnings.
“We are excited to be part of The Run For A Million, which started off with such success, and having the opportunity for the money earned here to count toward NRCHA lifetime earnings only increases the value of our great bridle horses and has a positive impact on us as riders,” said Corey Cushing, NRCHA president and an invitee to the Fence Work Challenge at The Run For A Million. “We’re going to bring big energy and our adrenaline will be running high! I know my fellow riders are looking forward to a great crowd at the South Point and to all our fans cheering us on!”
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