Changes will be in store for consigners and buyers at the 2021 NRHA Markel Futurity Sales. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska.

Changes in Store for 2021 NRHA Markel Futurity Sales

Changes will be in the air at this year’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Markel Futurity Sales.

The NRHA announced recently its Futurity Sales Task Force met earlier this year with the goal of increasing convenience for consigners and expanding avenues of purchase for buyer at the event held in conjunction with the 2021 NRHA Futurity show.

It came up with several changes, as well as things that were tried in 2020 and will continue in 2021.

One thing that will not change? The one-day concept. The NRHA says it will continue the all-on-one-day concept it used in 2020, so all the Markel Futurity Sales will be held on Thursday, December 2.  

The Sales will begin at 9 a.m., with the Futurity Prospect Sale, followed by the Select Yearling Sale and the Select Breeders Sale. The Marketplace Sale will finish out the day.

Markel Futurity Sales Changes

Video and photograph requirements will not be compulsory as part of the yearling consignment application procedure. Videos, photographs, and radiographs will still be required prior to the NRHA Markel Futurity Sales for marketing materials and to be available for buyers.

New guidelines will now govern yearling placement. Foals of dams with $25,000 or more in progeny and/or lifetime earnings will be placed in the Select Yearling Sale, while those not meeting that threshold will sell in the Marketplace Sale.

Also in 2021, the NRHA says it has modified 2-year-old preview opportunities by expanding them into two-hour sessions in Arena 6. To provide ample time for consignors to present their horses in a controlled environment, these sessions will be held on November 30 and December 1 at the conclusion of each day’s Futurity Semi-Finals.

Other announcements from the task force were the return to Barns 3 and 4 where the Sales have been traditionally held, and continuation and enhancement of online bidding through

Capitalizing on its success in introducing broodmares, the sales will continue to include embryos and weanlings. In 2020, weanlings sold as high as $40,000 and embryos as high as $45,000.

The consignment deadline for all Markel Futurity Sales is August 31. For more information, visit or contact NRHA Senior Manager of ReinerSuite and Futurity Sales Angie Honeywell at [email protected]