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The Run For A Million

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THE RUN FOR A MILLION EXPANDS COW HORSE EVENTS IN 2024

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) is excited to partner with The Run For A Million again in 2024 with an expanded slate of cow horse competitions. The Run For A Million returns to the South Point Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas August 12-17.

“NRCHA is excited to partner with The Run For A Million for the fourth year in a row. This event has truly brought light to the horse industry as a whole and we are so grateful that they include the cow horse family in their vision,” Emily Konkel, operations manager, said.

The National Stock Horse Association Pre-Futurity in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 21-27 will take five qualified riders. The NRCHA will host two qualifiers, each of which will take five qualified riders. The two qualifiers will be held at the Western Derby in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 29 – June 8, and Hackamore Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 22 – 28. The Run For A Million event will also host the second Youth Cow Horse Challenge. This youth event will invite the top finalists from the 2024 Western Bloodstock World’s Greatest Youth Horseman to compete in Las Vegas in August.

“The goal of this event is to showcase the western lifestyle and its traditions. The reined cow horse addition in 2021 brought us closer to achieving this goal. This year we are very excited to expand our partnership with NRCHA to include the return of the Youth Cow Horse Championship. Youth riders are the future of our sport. We are so grateful to be able to showcase them at this event.” Amanda Brumley, Vice President and Producer of The Run For A Million.

Returning this year is the Cowboy Heritage Ranch Challenge, featuring 10 working cowboys from 10 historical ranches competing in the rein work, cow work, and roping.

About the National Reined Cow Horse Association
Based in Pilot Point, Texas, the National Reined Cow Horse Association was formed in 1949 in California, with the goal of preserving and educating the public about the rich history of this traditional horsemanship. The NRCHA is responsible for promoting the sport and ensuring high standards of competition and continuing to work to keep the Vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry. The NRCHA also supports numerous affiliate clubs across the United States, Europe and abroad. These groups serve as the association’s backbone, holding many NRCHA-sanctioned competitions and events each year. For more information on these events and reined cow horse, visit nrcha.com.

Qualified Riders

Riders must qualify to compete in the Cow Horse Challenge at either the National Stock Horse Association Pre-Futurity in Las Vegas, Nevada August 21-27, 2023 or the two NRCHA Premier Events; Western Derby in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 29 – June 8, and Hackamore Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 22 – 28.  The top five riders from each event will qualify to compete at TRFAM. This one-horse, one-rider competition is for Bridle horses only, based on NRCHA rules.

GUSTI BUERGER

Whitesboro, Texas

SARAH DAWSON

Perrin, Texas

MATT KOCH

Elizabeth, Colorado

SHADD PARKINSON

Scottsdale, Arizona

ABBIE PHILLIPS

Weatherford, Texas

BOYD RICE

Weatherford, Texas

SHANE STEFFEN

Powell Butte, Oregon

ERIN TAORMINO

Lipan, Texas

JAKE TELFORD

Caldwell, Idaho

JUSTIN WRIGHT

Santa Maria, California

The Run For A Million is the richest event in the history of reining and the most exciting and thrilling new event in cow horse and cutting.

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