All prospective buyers must obtain a BUYER NUMBER from the sale office. Acceptable methods of payment are cash, cashier’s checks or travelers’ checks, Visa or MasterCard, and personal check. Issuing a check with insufficient funds is a felony and will be handled as such.


Any exemptions as per NRS must be cleared in advance.

Transfer Of Registration Papers

Papers will be sent directly to AQHA for transfer. The $15.00 transfer fee will be included on your invoice. Having your AQHA membership number available at time of purchase will expedite the transfer process. If you do not have a current AQHA membership, you will be issued one by AQHA and billed directly from them before they will transfer your registration papers. This is the buyer’s responsibility once papers are sent to AQHA by sale management.

Telephone Bidding

Telephone bidders must register with the Van Norman Sale management at 775-756-6508 or 775-934-7404. If registering on sale day, call 775-934-7404 or 777-401-0368.


  • The auctioneer will protect the sellers. Auctioneer reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
  • Horses are the buyer’s property as soon as they are sold. Horses may not leave the grounds until final settlement has been made on all purchases. Absentee purchases will be held for five (5) days free of charge after which board of $5 per day will be assessed until horses are picked up. Transportation is the responsibility of the buyer; however, sale management will assist as much as possible with arrangements. Absentee buyers will be contacted either during the sale or immediately after to make payment and transportation arrangements.
  • All horses will have a Negative Coggins and their general overall health verified upon entering the sale. Health certificates for out-of-state travel if required may be purchased through the sale veterinarian. All broodmares will have been pregnancy checked and their status announced.
  • The horses in this sale have NOT been vet checked for soundness issues, although all reasonable effort has been made to offer quality animals with no known defects. Any problems as to health or soundness should be reported to the seller within 72 hours of receiving the horse. Any arrangements or agreements in this regard are strictly between the buyer and the seller. You may return the horse for up to one week after receiving it for a full refund excluding credit card convenience charge (if applicable) should a preexisting condition be determined. Any arrangements as to vet bills or return transportation are to be made between the buyer and seller.
  • Buyers must, within 30 days, report any issues as to temperament and or representation to the seller. The sale company will serve as an intermediary and will work with both buyer and seller to resolve an issue if it is determined that one truly exists. Catalog footnotes and video of sale including auctioneer and seller comments will be used in this determination.
  • Every effort has been made to assure 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 in the catalog are from the sellers, not sale management. Buyers have ample opportunity to contact consignors ahead of time with questions and to view horses during the preview and in the barns. Therefore, “due diligence” in researching potential purchases is expected. The entire sale will be recorded for the express purpose of settling any dispute that should arise regarding statements made in the auction ring.