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The Raise A Million Auctions brought in more than $500,000 for the Reining Horse Foundation. • Photo courtesy of NRHA

Appearances on Yellowstone Top Massive Reining Horse Foundation Benefit Auction

Some familiar faces in reining may be appearing as extras in the hit series Yellowstone thanks to an amazing display of generosity at the Raise A Million Auctions at The Run For A Million.

The auctions, held during The Run For A Million, raised more than $500,000 for the Reining Horse Foundation, which provides assistance to reiners in need as well as educational programs.

A variety of silent and live auction items were available, but the big-money came in thanks to a jacket. The actual item was an official TRFAM jacket donated by TRFAM presented by Teton Ridge and arranged by Brumley Management. Taylor Sheridan, creator of TRFAM and producer for Paramount Network’s Yellowstone, had originally assured the jacket would be signed by him and the two Yellowstone cast members at the event.

However, Sheridan then upped the ante, promising not only to get signatures from all the cast members but also to host the winning bidder and a guest to the set to get autographs from all the cast members in person. In addition to the meet and greet, the winners and their horses, if they chose to bring them – will be cast as extras in an episode of the hit show.

The bidding commenced, and the cheering and encouragement of the crowd rose to a crescendo. When the bidding stalled at $110,000, Sheridan said whoever would match that price would get the same treatment. When it was all over four bidders – Tim Anderson and Kim Niven; Mark and Janice Dickson, and Kevin Truax each pledging $110,000 – won the prize.

According to RHF Executive Director Leslie Baker, it was the largest single fundraising effort ever for the foundation. 

“This is probably one of the most exhilarating and sensational moments in the Reining Horse Foundation’s history, and we’ve already had some incredible ones,” she said in a statement issued by the NRHA. “It’s tremendous to be here at The Run For A Million. To have the industry step up this way is gratifying, especially as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. It really shows that the future for the RHF is bright.”

Matching Donors

According to Baker, the generosity surrounding the Raise a Million Auctions began well before anyone connected to the event set foot in Las Vegas. When word of the auctions got out, donors pledging to match money raised began to stack up. “We had an incredible group of 15 donors pledge to match the first $19,500 the auction raised, ensuring it would be successful from the start,” she said.

Donors contributing to the match include:

$2,500

  • Tim Anderson & Kim Niven
  • Booth Ranches
  • Rick Clark
  • Jennifer Greenleaf
  • John & Nancy Tague
  • Jamie Walters

$500

  • Gary & Marian Carpenter
  • Kevin & Amy Colston
  • Frank & Susan Costantini
  • John & Dawn Foy
  • John & Terri Mainey
  • Pro Management Inc./Cheryl Cody
  • Santa Hill Ranch
  • Andrea & Mirjam Stillo
  • Joe & Emmy Wolfe

About the Reining Horse Foundation

The mission of the Reining Horse Foundation is to care for and honor the reining community. Core programs include the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund to benefit reiners enduring hardships such as major illness, accidents, and disasters; youth leadership development and scholarships for members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association, and perpetuation of the sport’s history through the NRHA Hall of Fame. For information on the RHF, visit ReiningFoundation.com.