Taylor Sheridan Debuts The Run for a Million this August in Las Vegas

Provided by Brumley Events

The Run for a Million will be the richest event in the history of western equine sports. Hosted by the prestigious South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event will take place August 15–17, 2019. The event’s Million Dollar Invitational will showcase 12 riders, including nine NRHA Million Dollar Riders and three wildcard participants, as they ride in a one go-round competition for a purse of $1,000,000. 

Academy-Award nominee Taylor Sheridan, writer of “Hell or High Water” and “Sicario,” writer/director of “Wind River” and co-creator of “Yellowstone,” wanted to design a venue that showcased the talent of both horse and rider in one of the most demanding equine sports in existence: reining. Sheridan has partnered with Amanda Brumley, Brumley Management Group—producer of three NRHA leading events worldwide—to create and produce this one-of-a-kind event.

The Run for a Million offers the unprecedented opportunity to introduce millions of viewers to the sport of reining. In addition to the Million Dollar Invitational, other competitions will include:

$100,000 Open Shoot Out
This special event is NRHA Category 11 approved and open to all riders, including non pros, and horses of any age or breed. The preliminary round will be held on Thursday, August 15. From these competitors, 12 horse-and-rider combinations, plus ties, will advance to the final round on Friday, August 16. Riders may enter up to three horses for an entry fee of $1,500 per horse (no judge fee). Million Dollar Invitational riders may not enter the Shoot Out. See entry from and schedule for complete information. The top five riders in the finals will be guaranteed a spot in the 2020 Million Dollar Invitations.

$50,000 Invitational Freestyle
During this NRHA Category 9 approved class, 12 riders will compete for $50,000 in prize money. Riders must submit an example of a freestyle performance to brumleyevents@gmail.com by June 1, 2019 to be considered. All performances must follow NRHA rules for freestyle reining and will be judged based on level of difficulty and choreography. Riders will have four minutes to perform their freestyle performance. The entry fee for this event is $1,000 (no judge fee). See entry information and schedule for complete information.

$50,000 Non Pro Championship
This NRHA Category 11 approved class requires riders to qualify at one of the following events:

  1. National Reining Breeders Classic – Katy, Texas – April 14–21, 2019
  2. NRHA Derby – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – June 15–23, 2019
  3. The Bill Bradley Reining Classic – Lexington, Kentucky – July 3–7, 2019
  4. Reining by the Bay – Woodside, California – July 22–28, 2019

Each of these events will include two slates of NRHA Category 1 Non Pro Divisions. The top five placings in each slate from each event, including ties, will advance to the Non Pro Championship. Riders may qualify only once, and may compete in the finals on any horse, including but not limited to the one used to qualify. Riders must own their horse, based on NRHA rules. There is a $1,000 entry fee (no judge fee).

Rookie Championship
The NRHA Category 11 approved Rookie Championship requires riders to qualify at one of the following events:

  1. National Reining Breeders Classic – Katy, Texas – April 14–21, 2019
  2. NRHA Derby – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – June 15–23, 2019
  3. The Bill Bradley Reining Classic – Lexington, Kentucky – July 3–7, 2019
  4. Reining by the Bay – Woodside, California – July 22–28, 2019

During the National Reining Breeders Classic, Rookies must be in the top five composite scorers in the prelim Rookie classes or the Consolation Round. A total of ten Rookies may qualify at the NRBC for The Run For A Million Rookie Challenge. At the remainder of these events, there will be two slates of NRHA Category 5 Rookie Level 2. The top five placing riders in each slate from each event, including ties, will advance to the Rookie Championship. Only one qualification is required. Riders are not required to compete in the Rookie Championships on the horse used to qualify but must own the horse as per on NRHA rules. The entry fee for the Championship will be $100 (no judge fee).

The goal of creating and producing The Run for a Million is to introduce new people to the world of western performance horses while supporting all those who have made reining their life’s passion. It is also intended to offer an unprecedented platform for the products horsemen and women depend on. For more information regarding this event, or for sponsorship and advertising opportunities, contact Amanda Brumley at brumleyevents@gmail.com or visit www.trfam.com.