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Custom Vintage Berry topped the NRHA Markel Futurity Prospect Sale -- and all the 2019 NRHA Futurity Sales -- with a $175,000 final bid. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek.

NRHA Markel Futurity Sale Combines for One Day Super Sale

The sales at this year’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity show will be combined into one day. Previously, the NRHA Markel Futurity Sale was spread over three days.

Doug Carpenter, longtime member of the NRHA Futurity Sale Committee, said he was excited about the quality of the horses offered in this year’s sale. He said the scheduled change will allow buyers to focus on the sale, because unlike past years it will not overlap with the show schedule.

“I have never seen the depth of the horses we are selling – not only in how well-bred they are but also in their conformation. It is an incredible set of horses,” he said. “I think we are seeing the breeding coming together – throughout the industry people are breeding great mares to great stallions and it really shows,” he said.

Last year, the 179 horses that walked through the ring garnered net sales of more than $3.2 million. The high seller was Custom Vintage Berry, a bay roan son of A Sparkling Vintage who sold for $175,000 to Slide or Die LLC, acting as an agent for Italian Cecilia Fiorucci’s Elementa, in the Futurity Prospect & Select Broodmare Sale session.

Sale Order

The NRHA announced that this year’s sales will take place in Arena 6, and the day will start at 8 a.m. with a breakfast. Auction action will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) Stallion Auction. Breedings to 12 top stallions will be auctioned this year, and NRHyA officers will be presenting each of the stallions for bidding. These available breedings are listed in the Futurity Sale catalog.

Leading off the horse sale will be the Futurity Prospect Sale, a showcase for 2-year-old reiners. Buyers will have the opportunity to see these horses ridden the evening before in Norick Coliseum, where groups of six are presented to the audience.

Following the Futurity Prospect Sale is the Select Yearling Sale, presenting yearling reining-bred horses by top reining stallions. Then the focus moves to the Select Breeders sale which showcases broodmares, stallion, weanlings and embryos. Wrapping up the day of incredible horses will be the Marketplace sale featuring horses from yearlings to show horses.

Although the sale ring action will not pause, lunch and hospitality will be provided during the sales, sponsored by Vaughn Zimmerman’s stallion, Not Ruf At All, Cinder Lakes Ranch and Paramount Network’s Yellowstone.  

NRHA Markel Futurity Sale Details

Bidders have a choice of bidding in person, at ringside, or online. Interested bidders can visit to register prior to the sale. To be able to bid at sale time, they must be pre-approved by 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. This online bidding is sponsored by Cinder Lakes Ranch.

For more information about the sale and to view the online catalog visit