Annual MU Online Horse Auction & Fundraiser 

All proceeds benefit the MU Equine Program and support student activities in our teaching program! Funds are directly used to care for our teaching herd and purchase classroom supplies. Additionally, this auction provides valuable real-world experiences for our students through training horses and communicating professionally with potential buyers. Bids open online on October 14th, 2019, with a Horse Sale Preview Event on November 9th, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and bids closing on November 14th, 2019 at 7:00 pm CST.

Terms and Conditions: By accessing this website, you agree to be bound by this website’s Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this website are protected by applicable copyright and trademark laws.

Applicable Law: There are no warranties or guarantees as to the fitness for any particular purpose(s) of any horse/mule offered in this sale. All known unsoundnesses or vices have been documented, placed in the animal’s permanent records, and made available for review before bidding. This information is provided in the sale portfolio for each horse/mule (see “Representation of Horse/Mule” in this document). Every effort has been made to give complete disclosure of all known negative factors (health, disposition, management, etc.) on all animals in the sale. However, no agent of the University of Missouri can or shall be considered responsible for any oversight of a fault. Horse/mules are offered for sale on an “as is” and “where is” basis. All horses/mules are sold "caveat emptor" (buyer beware)! All sales are final.

Representation of Horse/Mule: Representations on disposition and handling are opinion and given only as an indication of the animal's capability. Bidders should inspect, examine, and research each animal to their satisfaction. Complete health records of each horse/mule is provided in the individual sale portfolio for each horse/mule. This includes documentation of all vaccinations, deworming, Coggins test, farrier care, dental care, mild cuts and abrasions, lameness, etc. A veterinary statement will be included on any animals with major surgery or serious illness. 

Sale portfolios will be available for inspection at our Horse Sale Preview event or via e-mail the week before the auction ends. These portfolios include a letter from the Equine Program Coordinator describing the horse/mule, additional photographs, extended pedigree information, training journals, current housing and diet, and complete health records. This sale portfolio is provided to the successful bidder so they will have it for reference on their new purchase.

Horse Sale Preview Event & Public Inspection: Prospective bidders are urged to inspect the horses/mules before offering a bid. Any desired veterinary examinations are to be conducted prior to close of the auction at the bidder's expense and by appointment only.

Horses/mules are available for public inspection during our Horse Sale Preview on November 9th, 2019 between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to allow potential buyers an opportunity to personally inspect our sale horses/mules, browse through their sale portfolio, and view them being worked by their student trainers. The student trainers will be working with their project horse/mule throughout the day and our marketing students will be available to visit with prospective buyers. Our marketing students work to plan and produce the preview. This preview event is a huge part of providing real-world business experience to our students, and is held at the University of Missouri Equine Teaching Facility, located at 4400 E. New Haven Road, Columbia, MO.

Potential buyers may also set up times by appointment to view horses/mules. Bidders not able to attend the sale preview may request copies of sale portfolios via e-mail. Information regarding the contents of sale portfolios may be found under “Representation of Horse/Mule” in this document. Questions about sale horses/mules can be directed to Marci J. Crosby at (573) 884-7836 or

Liability: Examine horses/mules at your own risk. The public is cautioned to be extremely careful while on the grounds examining horses/mules and particularly while horses/mules are being ridden. Do not enter stalls or paddocks unattended under any circumstances. A student or staff member will be happy to assist you in viewing the horses/mules.

Neither the University of Missouri nor its employees, students, volunteers, officers or agents, assume any responsibility for any injury, death, or damage to a person or animal of any kind. For liability reasons, horses/mules may only be handled and ridden by students in the University of Missouri program.

WARNING: Under Missouri law, an equine activity sponsor, an equine professional, a livestock activity sponsor, a livestock owner, a livestock facility, a livestock auction market, or any employee thereof is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine or livestock activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine or livestock activities pursuant to the Revised Statutes of Missouri.

Bidder Registration: A bidder must go to to register and be approved to receive a username before they can begin bidding. By placing a successful bid, the bidder is entering into a binding agreement with the University of Missouri. Only persons who can enter into legally binding contracts under applicable law may bid. Bidders must be 18 years of age or older to register for this auction. If a bidder is registering as an agent or using a business name, bidder represents that they have authority to bind the user or business name to these Terms and Conditions.

Bidder is responsible for providing accurate registration information that will be used to identify them to this online auction and allow the University of Missouri to contact bidder. Bidders should update any changes in contact information immediately. Any error caused by bidder’s failure to do so is not the responsibility of the University of Missouri.

Bidding Procedure & Proxy Bidding:

  1. Create a bidder name and password or sign in with a previous account.
  2. Click on the “make bid” button on the screen for the horse/mule you wish to bid on.
  3. Bidders are responsible for monitoring their bidding activity. Bidders will NOT receive notification if another bidder outbids their bid. While the pages are refreshed automatically, bidders are advised to also refresh the pages on their own. 

For bidding assistance e-mail Marci J. Crosby at or call (573) 884-7836. All bids are in US Dollars and are non-revocable. All bidding will be performed on the internet by registered and approved bidders. A bid by any person shall be deemed conclusive proof that such person is familiar with the Terms and Conditions as stated herein and that the bidder agrees to be bound by them.

The starting bid price on each horse also serves as the reserve, or minimum bid on all horses. All bids must be placed in $100 increments. A bidder may place individual bids that are $100.00 higher than the previous bid. If you are outbid, you may log in and make a new bid each time. Alternatively, a bidder may place a confidential maximum (proxy) bid, where they declare the maximum dollar amount they wish to bid. The auction will automatically execute a bid on their behalf if you are outbid, until the bidder has successfully purchased the horse/mule or the asking price exceeds the amount of their maximum bid. Maximum bids are strictly confidential and are not known by other bidders or the University of Missouri. It is recommended to place a confidential maximum (proxy) bid to ensure that you as the bidder do not get outbid until your limit is reached. With this system, a bidder doesn’t have to watch the auction continuously to make sure they are not outbid. However, bidders should still monitor bidding periodically. If a bidder’s maximum (proxy) bid is outbid before the auction closes, you may place additional bids as desired and as time allows.

For example, if you have a proxy bid in place for a horse at $2,000 and the current minimum bid is $1,200 your first bid will be placed at $1,200. If another bidder puts in a bid at $1,300, a proxy bid will be placed under your name for $1,400. This general process would continue only if there are competitive bids, and only up to the maximum proxy bid amount submitted.

Extension of Bidding: If a bid is placed on a horse/mule during the last 5 minutes of the auction, an additional 5 minutes will be added to the countdown timer on that lot to extend bidding. Only after a 5-minute period passes with no additional bidding will the bidding close. This allows for bidders to have more time to think and react than with a live auction. For example, if on November 9th, a bid is placed at 6:59 pm, then the bidding will be extended until 7:04 pm. If there are no additional bids, the auction will close at that time. However, if for example another bid is placed at 7:01 pm, then the bidding would be extended to 7:06 pm. 

Bidding Errors: Bidders are responsible for any bids placed under your username and password. The security of bidder information is the sole responsibility of the bidder. The bidder will be responsible for any and all bids placed under the assigned name and/or number. The bidder should make sure to review all bids before and after submitting. 

If, at any time, the bidder feels that their username and password have been compromised due to lack of security on their part or an error has occurred, the bidder must notify the University of Missouri Equine Program immediately at (573) 884-7836 or

If an error occurs and a winning bid is placed that is not an increment of $100.00 as stated above, the successful bidder agrees that the amount will be rounded up to the closest $100.00 increment. For example, if a bidder fails to bid at the proper increments and places a winning bid at $1,145 they agree that they will pay $1,200 as the purchase price.

Bidding Disputes: Should any dispute arise between any two bidders, the University of Missouri shall adjudicate the dispute and the decision shall be absolute. Bids received after the closing of the sale are not valid. The University of Missouri reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Closing of Bidding & Notification of Successful Bidder: The bidder agrees that if they have the winning and accepted bid in auction, they have entered into a binding agreement with the University of Missouri to purchase the horse/mule. When bids close, all sales are final.

Transmission time varies and bids are time stamped by the host computer with the time received. Bids must be received by the host computer prior to close of the auction to be accepted. The MU Online Horse Auction and Fundraiser closes at 7:00pm CST on November 14th, 2019 unless bidding is extended. The University of Missouri will decline any bids made by parties who have defaulted on former purchases, or persons who, at the discretion of the University, are not responsible bidders, and the University of Missouri’s decision shall be final. The successful bidder will be notified by telephone on November 15th and receive a formal letter of purchase at pick-up.

Bill of Sale: A formal letter of purchase will be e-mailed to the winning bidder on November 15th by the University of Missouri Procurement office. A signed copy of this letter will then be given to the new owner after payment and when the horse is picked up.

Care of Horses/Mules: As a condition of the sale, the successful bidder assumes full responsibility for the proper care and shelter of the animal in accordance with humane standards and the requirements of applicable laws.

Risk to Horses/Mules: The successful bidder, after notification of purchase, assumes all risk and responsibility for the horse/mule. The successful bidder will assume full responsibility for damage or bodily injury done to themselves or to their employees in connection with the removal of them. After the conclusion of the auction and until the pick-up of horse/mule(s) by owner, neither the University of Missouri, nor its employees, students, officers or agents, shall be liable for any accidents, disease, death or injury to any horse/mule. Nor shall the aforementioned agents be responsible for any accidents or injuries inflicted by the horse/mule on any persons, facilities or equipment. Successful bidders are encouraged to consider equine insurance.

Release of Horse/Mule to Successful Bidder: All horses/mules must be removed from the University of Missouri by 12:00 pm (noon) November 20th, 2019, with pick-up times set up in advance by appointment. The purchase price must be paid prior to the removal of the horse/mule(s). After the conclusion of the auction and until the pickup of horse/mule(s) by owner, the University of Missouri shall continue to provide all normal care. University of Missouri students or staff will be available to assist with the loading of the horse/mule(s), but without any liability being accepted for injury or accidents to animal(s), persons or equipment.

A $25 per day boarding fee will be assessed for horses/mules left after 12:00 pm (noon) on November 20th, plus any other expenses that may be required to maintain the horse/mule until pick-up. If the horse/mule is paid for but not picked up within 30 days, ownership of the horse/mule will default back to the University of Missouri, unless previous arrangements have been made in writing with the University of Missouri Equine Program.

Payment: The successful bidder must make payment by a certified or cashier's check made out to “The Curators of the University of Missouri” in advance of the removal of the horse/mule from University property. This can be paid at pick-up or via mail if a later pick-up date is arranged. Payment must be made by November 20th, 2019 unless previous arrangements have been made in writing with the University of Missouri Equine Program.

Default of Payment: If any person shall purchase a horse/mule and not pay for it, the University of Missouri shall have the right to resell the horse/mule and/or has the option to bring legal action, in which event the bidder agrees to pay all cost of such suit together with reasonable attorney fees as fixed by the court. The defaulting bidder agrees to pay the University of Missouri a $400 penalty plus all costs of resale and price deficiency, if any. Interest of 1.5% per month will be charged on the unpaid balance of any account not paid for as set forth in these conditions.

Registration Papers: Registration papers and signed transfers will be mailed directly to the successful bidder after all checks have cleared (up to 21 business days). The successful bidder is responsible for any transfer fees. 

Coggins Report & Health Certificate: All horses/mules will be sold with a current negative Coggins test. Any horse/mule transporting across state lines will also be sold with an Interstate Health Certificate for transportation. Cost of Coggins test and Interstate Health Certificate will be paid by the University of Missouri. Cost of international paperwork for import of horses/mules, if required, is the responsibility of the successful bidder.



Marci J. Crosby

Equine Program Director


University of Missouri

Animal Science Division

S103 Animal Science Center

Columbia, MO 65211

(573) 884-7836 or

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