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Dates, times announced for AQHA World Show Sale

For the first time, the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show Sale, held in conjunction with the AQHA World Show, will be managed by AQHA.

The sale will start at 10 a.m., Nov. 11 in the Performance Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The sale preview will begin at 1 p.m., Nov. 10 in the Performance Arena. The AQHA World Show Sale is sponsored by AQHA Corporate Partner Markel Insurance.

A maximum of 200 horses will be accepted into the sale, with a goal for each discipline category of 45 halter, 85 rail/pattern/all-around, 25 speed-event and 45 reining/cattle-event horses. The deadline to consign horses to the sale is Aug. 1. The consignment form can be downloaded at www.aqha.com.

Other specifics concerning the sale:

--The consignment fee is $600;

--The commission rate is 5 percent of the sale price with a minimum of $250;

--There will be a penalty for selling a horse before it goes through the ring;

--Results will be posted about 15 to 30 minutes after a set of horses has gone through the ring.

Sale order will be assigned randomly. The consignors of multiple horses will draw slots randomly, and then use the slots that they draw as they wish.

Part of the goal for 2012 is to set a standard for horses consigned to the sale. The AQHA World Show Sale Committee, comprised of AQHA members who are industry leaders in their disciplines, will be in charge of evaluating and accepting horses consigned to the sale.

"Only horses that exemplify the criteria set by the committee will be accepted into the sale. The committee wants to give buyers the dream of finding a World Show prospect at the sale," said Jeff Tebow, AQHA World Show Committee chairman. "This sale is about quality, not quantity."

The committee members will be analyzing a horse's performance record, pedigree, dam and sire performance records, conformation and athletic ability. The committee may use submitted photos and videos to critique would-be consignees.

The cover story of the June issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal is "World Class," which provides an in-depth look at the changes coming to the AQHA World Show Sale. Included in the story are figures from the 2011 sale, specific changes for 2012 and the list of World Show Sale Committee members.

As a proud sponsor of AQHA, Markel Insurance Co. focuses on protecting your western lifestyle, including your horses, barn, tack and equipment. With more than 40 years of expertise in insuring horses and horse businesses, Markel will meet your unique needs. Markel is sponsoring the AQHA World Show Sale and providing 24-hour fall-of-the-hammer coverage to sale consignments. Markel is also providing a complimentary breakfast prior to the start of the sale on Nov. 11.

Date: 9/17/2012

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