A new, select yearling sale organizers say will feature high-end reining-bred yearlings and a focus on transparency for buyers is planned for this year’s The Run For A Million horse show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Called the Gala Select Sale, the event will be limited to 50 yearlings out of dams who have either won or produced the winners at least $50,000. It will be held Saturday, August 21 at the South Point Equestrian Center.
Sale producer Amanday Brumley, who also produces The Run For A Million, said a major goal of the sale is to provide consigners a platform that is able to highlight the quality of a select group of high-end horses that, in many cases, might be more likely to sell privately rather than go through a public auction.
She said consignments could come from large, well-known ranches as well as smaller operations that only have a small number of mares that meet the criteria. The consignment application deadline is May 21.
“It’s about let’s understand what the quality of these mare’s produce [is] and, then what the transparency [is] that needs to be done to ensure that these buyers are as comfortable as they possibly can be in spending a lot of money on these horses,” she said.
The sale will be part of the festivities at The Run For A Million, which will once again feature a million-dollar invitational for reiners, a $100,000 Open Shootout, a fence work challenge for cow horses as well as events for freestyle, rookie and non-pro reiners.
Gala Select Sale Transparency
The Gala Select Sale will feature a number of transparency measures – including evaluation of X-rays and the yearlings themselves by a panel of veterinarians – to increase buyer confidence.
In order to be considered for the Gala Select Sale, yearlings must have a set of X-rays sent in to sale officials. The X-rays, which must have been taken within 10 days of application, will be reviewed by a panel of veterinarians in order to be accepted into the sale.
“In the contract, there’s a list of X-rays that are required upon application, which include all four fetlocks, knees, front feet, hocks and stifles,” Brumley said. “And I have a panel of five veterinarians all reviewing these X-rays.”
Every yearling also will be evaluated by veterinarians at the South Point two days before the sale.
“They’re going to visually examine them. If they see something like a big hock or a big fetlock, or a big scar – something that gives them the ‘Hmm, I think we need to look further into this.’ – they will get a new X-ray taken. And, if at that time, those veterinarians, there’s a minimum of three of them, come together and say, ‘I don’t like this.’ [then] that horse is eliminated. It will not go through the sale.”
Measures like requiring X-rays and a veterinary inspection are especially important, Brumley said, for a sale held in conjunction with The Run For A Million, which in its first and only edition drew a large crowd of enthusiastic fans – many of whom were new to reining or the performance horse industry.
Some attendees at the show, which was featured on The Last Cowboy reality television show, didn’t even own horses when they attended the inaugural event in 2019, Brumley said.
In order to capitalize on that enthusiasm and draw new people into the reining industry, it’s imperative that newcomers have as much information as possible about the consignments and are treated fairly, she said.
“If you have a new person – which we are going to have a lot of people… that are not in the horse industry, but want to get into the horse industry – and you sell them something that you call select or elite or however you want to call it, and then that horse gets home and it has X-rays that are trash – that is not a good representation of what your industry is,” Brumley explained. “And then, all you do is end up that person gets a bad taste in their mouth, and they’re done and they leave.”
Buyers will be able to view photos and videos of the consignments online, and a time also will be scheduled for anyone interested to view the yearlings moving in a round pen. Though potential buyers can walk through barn to see the yearlings and speak with their consigners, there will be one formal viewing and the yearlings will be brought into the round pen for a specific amount of time by order of hip number.
All horses also must undergo 5-panel genetic testing so the results can be available to potential buyers.
Consignments can be sired by any reining stallion, but must be paid up to the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA North American programs. Sale commission is 5 percent. Each yearling in the sale also gets a free stall rental at the South Point with mats and six bags of shavings.
While the sale will be streamed online, there will be no phone or internet bidding. Potential buyers must either be at the South Point or have an agent bidding on their behalf at the sale.
Consigners also will have the option of having a display at the South Point in what’s being called a Stallion Ranch Showcase, where they can highlight their breeding program or promote stallions or mares with offspring in the sale.