Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When and where is the sale?
A. The auction will be conducted online through DVAuction.com. There will be no in-person auction in 2022.
The sale opens on April 30th 2022 and starts to close on May 7th 2022 at 6pm CT.
Q. How do I register to bid?
A. To bid on horses you must complete two steps.
Create an account with DVAuction
After you have created an account, request approval from DVAuction to bid on the UWRF Colt Sale Auction. Make sure to complete these steps three days prior to the close of the auction so that you are guaranteed to be able to bid.
Q. Can I come see the horses?
A. Yes, Open House/Sale Preview (April 30th & May 7th 2022)
Q. What is the format of the auction and how does it close?
A. The format of the auction is called a Horse Race Close, which means all lots for this event will close at the exact same time. If a bid is placed within 5 minutes of the closing time, closing times for that event (all lots) will be extended to 5 minutes after that bid. This continues until no bids are placed on any lot for 5 minutes. This is a great format for buyers because it allows a buyer to switch lots and not miss out on any horse. Please be advised, due to potential extended bidding, it may take an hour or more for the auction to close.
Q. How do I get a sale catalog?
A. Sale catalogs will be available online mid April.
Q. Do the horses have a reserve price?
A. Reserve prices are listed as the opening bid on DVAuction
Q. If I purchase a horse, can it stay at the university farm after the sale?
A. Purchased horse may stay until the Monday following the sale at no cost. After that time period, you may make
arrangements for the purchased horse to be boarded for a few days if necessary at an additional cost to you.
Q. Can you line up transportation for us?
A. We can attempt to help you find transportation, however it is the buyers responsibility to find transportation.
Q. What is the vaccination history?
A. The horses arrived at the farm January 2oth and 21st.
Prior to arrival, horses were all vaccinated with Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis, and Strangles
February - Any horses not meeting vaccine requirements are vaccinated and boosters are given for Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis, and Strangles
February 10th - All horses dewormed with Quest Plus
Fecal egg counts were taken at 2 week intervals after 2/10. Horses were dewormed as needed based on the fecal egg count.
April 5th - Horses vaccinated with Influenza, Rhinopneumonitis, Eastern & Western Encephalomyelitis, Tetanus, and West Nile vaccines
Hooves were trimmed at the end of February and early April.
All horses have current negative Coggins
Q. How long have the horses been at the university?
A. The horses arrive the last week of January and have been in training course for the past 100 days.
Q. What are acceptable forms of payment?
A. We take cash, check, or credit card (3% fee on all credit card transactions).
Q. If I purchase a horse, when will I receive the registration papers?
A. Once your payment is approved (generally takes about 14 days) registration papers will be sent directly to you.
Q. Are horses subject to sales tax?
A. Yes, WI horse buyers are subject to 5.5% sales tax unless you file the tax exemption form. Download the form here
Q. Does UWRF have radiographs available of the horses consigned to the auction?
A. No we do not, but if you are seriously interested in having a pre-purchase exam completed on one of the horses, UWRF may contact the owner (if time allows) and ask for permission to have a pre-purchase exam completed. If the owner agrees to the pre-purchase exam, the potential buyer with the assistance of UWRF will contract a veterinarian to perform the exam. The potential buyer will be responsible for all costs associated with the exam. Most pre-purchase exams have historically cost between $600 and $1,200. All information gathered in the pre-purchase exam is confidential and will only be shared between the veterinarian and the potential buyer. The owner of the horse and UWRF have no knowledge of the results of any pre-purchase exams that may have been completed on horses consigned to the sale. All pre-purchase exams must be requested at a minimum of 7 days prior to the sale.
Q. Do you have additional pictures of individual horse’s legs and feet?
A. No, the final video posted will contain a short clip of the horse's front, profile, & rear view along with a short hand walk video.
Q. Do horses that sell on the sale have a warranty or guarantee?
A. Please refer to the catalog for complete terms and conditions. Horse are guaranteed to have a clean title and to have a negative Coggins test result. Please examine horses closely prior to bidding. All horses are sold “as is”. There is no guarantee of any kind as to soundness or any other quality of the horse. UWRF will make every attempt to announce known significant defects that will hinder the horse’s performance, but it is the buyer’s responsibility to shop the horse before bidding. Students and staff will be on hand during the open house to answer your questions. Please feel free to visit with them and ask questions about the horses you are interested in “prior to bidding”.