NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Topper Custom Vintage Berry

Internet Bidding Added To NRHA Markel Futurity Sales

Internet bidding will be allowed at the 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Markel Futurity Sales. Officials say the move, a first for the sale, was made in recognition of the concerns about coronavirus and the impact it could have on travel or public gatherings.

Along with in-person and online bidding, the sales held in December in conjunction with the NRHA Futurity will continue to offer phone bidding services.

“We want to be proactive and show that we’re aware that traditional bidding methods might not be practical due to the global pandemic,” said Doug Carpenter, Heritage Place representative and member of the NRHA Sale Selection Committee, which manages the sales. “We’re pleased to offer this additional mode of bidding for our live auctions come December.”

NRHA officials said allowing internet bidding also assures the best marketplace possible for sellers by expanding the bidding pool across the country and around the world.

“We support these creative innovations to keep the NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales accessible to all buyers and sellers,” NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter said in a statement.

The NRHA/Markel Futurity Sales will offer two-year-old reining prospects, yearlings, broodmares, and show horses from leading breeders, owners, and trainers. All sales are managed by the NRHA office with the support and direction from the NRHA Sale Selection Committee.  

Last year, the sales topper was Custom Vintage Berry, a 2-year-old bay roan colt by EquiStat Elite $2 Million Sire A Sparkling Vintage. Slide of Die LLC placed the winning $175,000 bid for the Steve Simon-consigned son of Custom Roan Berry (by Custom Crome).

For complete results of the 2019 Markel Futurity Sales and other industry auctions, see the Sales Results section of Quarter Horse News.

For additional details, email [email protected] or call sale manager Angie Honeywell at (405) 946-7400, ext. 123.

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