Two sales planned for the 2021 The Run For A Million have been postponed. • Photo by Molly Montag.

The Run For A Million Horse Sales Postponed

A reining yearling sale and mixed-age reined cow horse sale planned for this summer’s The Run For A Million have been pushed back until next year.

Amanda Brumley, producer of the show and the sales, said officials felt they didn’t have enough time to prepare for new Gala Select Sale and the National Stock Horse Association (NSHA) Mixed Sale due to COVID-19-related restrictions earlier in the year.

“Due to the COVID restrictions in place earlier this year, and so many ‘unknowns’ through spring, we felt the proper production time needed to produce a premier horse sale this year was running too short,” she said. “Vegas finally opened up 100% June 1st, causing us to scramble to pull it all together.

“It wasn’t the correct way to proceed, so we opted to postpone until 2022.”

Had the sales been held, it would’ve been the first year auctions were held during The Run For A Million, which is scheduled for Aug. 18-21 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Gala Select Sale was to feature reining-bred yearlings out of dams who have won or produced at least $50,000. The NSHA Mixed Sale, which would have been making a comeback after time on the sidelines, was to include a range of reined cow horses from youngsters and broodmares to bridle horses.

Gala Select Sale

Horses consigned to the Gala Select Sale were to be subject to conditions aimed at providing increased transparency for buyers, including X-rays that would be reviewed by a panel of veterinarians. The panel also was to visually evaluate Gale Select Sale-consigned yearlings two days prior to the sale, and had the ability to order new X-rays for the horse and remove it from the sale if it identified a problem.

When announcing the Gala Select Sale’s creation in April, Brumley said the increased transparency was especially important for a sale held during The Run For A Million because of the event’s ability to draw people from outside the horse industry. In its inaugural edition in 2019, a crowd of enthusiastic fans –– many who had never been to a high-level reining or were introduced to the sport through The Last Cowboy reality show that followed several competitors as they prepared for the event – to the South Point for the Million Dollar Invitational.

Next Year

Brumley said consignment requirements for each sale, including the Gala Select Sale, would remain in place for 2022.

“Horses will be pre-screened via radiographs prior to being accepted,” she said via email. “It is time to elevate the level of Western performance horse sales to the next level providing transparency to the buyers and a superior platform for the sellers.”

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