The Run For A Million $150,000 Teton Ridge Invitational Fence Work Challenge

 Zane Davis & Rubys Radar Zane Davis & Rubys Radar Photos by IHP Media Patner Carolyn Simancik
August 21, 2021

Rubys Radar and Zane Davis Take The Crown

The top 15 riders on the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open rider eligibility list, based on a three-year average, were invited to compete in the $150,000 Teton Ridge Invitational Fence Work Challenge, consisting of rein and herd work. After an exciting evening, Rubys Radar and Zane Davis were crowned the Champions with their rein work score of 224.5 and fence work score of 229, which made for a total 453.5.

Davis said prior to The Run For A Million, he’d been working with the stallion on perfecting the reining pattern, which he said can be tough to execute.
“I knew it was going to come down to who drew a good cow and how good people prepared their horses for this reining pattern because it was going to knock a lot of us out,” Davis said. “When you come in on this pattern, you do all that running and spinning first, and then you expect your horse to lope off into a small slow [circle], then go fast and change into a small slow. I think that’s what a lot of people were having problems with tonight. We rehearsed that until he and I both knew it very well.”

Davis and Rubys Radar collected $60,000 for owner Billie Filippini. Davis has been training Rubys Radar, who is 11 years old, since the horse was a yearling. Though the stallion wasn’t the horse he originally planned to bring to the event, he made a great back-up after the format of the Fence Challenge changed. He’s rarely been out of the money, Davis said, as long as he prepares him correctly.

From Blackfoot, Idaho, Davis was excited for the publicity the Invitational Fence Work Challenge gave to the reined cow horse industry.
“I think it’s a really good opportunity,” Davis said. “It’s exposure that we don’t usually get. It kind of put us on a whole different level I think than what we’re used to competing in. We’re really fortunate to be included, and I’m thankful we were.”
Davis thanked his wife, kids and parents for their support, along with Filippini for being a great customer.

Sarah Dawson nearly brought the house down with her run on Travelin Miss Jonez, which scored a total 450 for Reserve. She and the mare (Travelin Jonez x Playin With Rubies) banked $22,500 for owners Steve & Alex Roseberry.

The draws for the Million Dollar Competition have been set, and The Run For A Million presented by Teton Ridge is set to have its biggest day of competition Saturday, Aug. 21. Be sure to swing by the concourse at 11 a.m. for the Million Dollar Rider red carpet walk and autograph signing. Some stars from Yellowstone will also make an appearance in the afternoon.

The $50,000 Farnam Invitational Freestyle will start at 3 p.m., followed by the Million Dollar Competition at 7 p.m.
The Freestyle can be watched live at For more information, go to the event’s website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Edited The Run For A Million Press Release