Sale Order: Horses will sell in consecutive catalog order.

Bidding: You MUST be registered in the office for a buyer’s number before bidding. Each horse will be sold to the highest bidder, with the exception of reserved prices. The decision of the auctioneer will be final if any questions arise during the sale. The auctioneer also reserves the right to reject any bid.

Online Bidding: We are offering online viewing and bidding this year. You MUST get pre-approved at www.hiredhandlive.com. Live and absentee bidding available. ALL online purchases will be required to wire money in full by Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 – NO exceptions. Horses will not leave the auction company’s hands until the horse is paid for in full.

Buyers Payment: Buyer shall pay for all horses at the conclusion of the sale and shall pay the full price by one of the following: cash, money order, cashier’s check, or personal check. Iowa has a 7% sales tax on all horses unless a tax-exempt form is signed. Forms will be available in the office.

Right to Registration Papers: Right-to-registration papers shall not pass to purchaser until the horse has been paid in full and checks have cleared the bank, at which time they will be mailed to the buyer. If paid in cash, they will be handed out sale day.

Catalog: Every effort has been made to ensure correctness of the catalog, however, the seller, sale management and auctioneer are
not responsible for errors or omissions. All statements and corrections announced at the time of the sale shall supersede the catalog. All comments stated in the catalog are as stated from the consignors and not the sale management. Again, we have made every effort to ensure the catalog is correct.

Announcements: Announcements from the auction block take precedence over any printed material.

Health: Horses will all have a negative 6-month Coggins Test and Health Certificate.

Inspection of Horses: There will be an on site preview both Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 to inspect horses.

Rideability: It is the buyer’s responsibility to make sure the horse is a good fit. We are not responsible for your inability to ride the horse.

Soundness Guarantee: All horses are guaranteed sound unless stated otherwise from the auction block. We represent and warrant to the buyer the following for 48 hours after being sold: The horse is sound of eyes and wind; the horse will hit the ground sound on all four feet; the horse is not a cribber; the horse has not been nerved. This soundness guarantee will apply
only to horses with problems existing prior to sale time and not to problems caused after the sale by the buyer’s hauling or use of the horse. Soundness does not guarantee pass of a check by your vet following the sale. ALL vet exams should be done PRIOR to buying the horse, NOT after. Please examine horses prior to the sale ring. The sale staff is not responsible for announcing scars or blemishes.

All horses’ heights are approximate.

Kyle and Riley Schmitt have the final say over any controversy.

Neither the Auctioneer, Schmitt Horse Ranch/ Five Star Horse sale, any representative thereof, nor their consultants shall be responsible for any liability whatsoever, including, but not limited to, the loss, damage, injury, death, or illness of any horse, person, or property before, during or after the sale.

Horses are able to stay at the Ellsworth Community College until noon on Sunday.

The Ellsworth Community College is a NO smoking campus as well as NO alcohol on the grounds.

No alley trading will be allowed, all horses must go through the sale ring, and all transactions must go through the sale office.