Buyers should be honest and selective of what horse will fit their needs and riding abilities.  

Veterinary Exams and Sifting at the Sale: Basic exams and x-rays performed by a veterinarian and submitted by consignors are required and on file for every consigned horse.  If a buyer wishes to view the exam report or x-rays, he should first contact the consignor directly. The Southern Belle Classic does not keep (nor require consignors to keep) vet exams or x-rays past entry of the first horse into the auction ring.  Buyers who desire additional x-rays or pre-purchase examinations must have those completed prior to sale date and at buyers’ expense. 

Minor abrasions, cuts, or sores may be sifted at the sale unless they are likely to heal normally without veterinarian treatment and are presumed to cause no long-term threat. If there are behavior or soundness issues noticed at sale, horses may be pulled from the sale.   All sale horses are required to participate in the Open Preview as well as the Trail and Versatility Preview.

Consignors understand that if their horse doesn’t pass the sale sifting, they will be pulled from the sale and consignment fee will be forfeited. 

Bidding: Bidders have the following options to bid: onsite, online, phone, or agent bidding. Bidders must be registered before the start of the sale. All online & phone bidders must be registered by noon of the day before the sale. Any online or phone bidders trying to register after this deadline, are not guaranteed the ability to bid.  All Bidders are required to provide a driver’s license in order to obtain a bidder number. A Bank Letter of Guarantee (including bank contact information and bank account number on official bank letterhead) may be requested. All bidders must be at least 21 years of age. The highest bidder is the buyer. If any dispute arises between or amongst two or more bidders, sole authority to settle the dispute as he sees fit is reserved by the auctioneer and the decisions shall be final. Seller reserves the right to waive the sale (bids) of his/her horse before it leaves the ring. The auctioneer reserves the right to reject any or all bids. The auctioneer completes sale of a horse at the fall of the gavel. We reserve the right to refuse bidding to anyone.

Online Bidding: Online bidders must first register on our website, then will be directed to register on Online bidders have the option to pay by credit card or wire transfer (wire transfers must be made by noon eastern time on the Monday, immediately following the sale).  Please be aware that charges a 4.6-4.8% convenience fee to pay with a credit card or debit card (International fees maybe more).  No horse will leave the sale grounds prior to full payment. 

Phone Bidding: In order to bid by phone, you will need to fill out and submit our PHONE BIDDER FORM. Please contact us requesting this form.  All registered phone bidders are required to notify us of their payment method prior to bidding.  Phone Bidder Form and stated method of payment must be emailed to by noon of the day before the sale.

Agent Bidding: Buyer and agent are required to fill out the AGENT AUTHORIZATION FORM completed with a notary signature. The Agent Authorization Form must be emailed to by noon of the day before the sale. A copy of the agent and buyer’s driver’s licenses and a Bank Letter of Guarantee (including bank contact information and bank account number on official bank letterhead) are required and may be emailed to or brought in person by the agent to checkin at the sale. Please contact us requesting this form.

Payment:  All payments must be made to the sale office and must be in US currency and/or drawn from a US bank.  Payment in full is required immediately after the sale by cash, check, or wire transfer (by noon on the Monday immediately following the sale).  No horse will leave the sale grounds prior to full payment.  Please make us aware of your planned method of payment prior to or at check in.

Payment methods and fees are subject to change.

Care of & Pick-Up:  Buyer assumes full ownership and responsibility of the animal from the time it is sold in the sale ring. It is the new owner’s responsibility and sole risk from the time of purchase for proper feed, care, and maintenance. Buyers will be responsible to pick-up purchased horse(s) immediately following the sale or boarding fees will be assessed (see rates below).  If horses need to be boarded longer than noon of Monday immediately following the sale - proof of insurance must be provided. Do not take sale numbers off the horses, as they will be needed for checkout. No horse will leave the sale grounds prior to full payment.  Buyers paying by wire transfer should plan on their purchased horse(s) stabling over through Monday when the wire transfer can be completed.

Stalls following the sale: All horses may stay in their current stall until noon of Sunday immediately following the sale. Nightly boarding rates apply if horse stables past noon on Sunday.

Loading out: Buyers must have a paid invoice from the office for all load outs. A licensed veterinarian will be onsite sale day for all proper paperwork.

Transporters:  We highly recommend that buyers hire a licensed and insured transporter. A Transportation company will be onsite to assist with transportation needs.

Requirements for Transport:

Coggins – Required for transport into and out of South Carolina: All horses sold are required to provide a coggins test current within six months of sale date (provided by consignor).

Health Papers – A veterinarian will be on grounds to provide all horses a Certificate of Veterinarian Inspection. All horses, regardless of transport destination, will be issued a CVI. A CVI and health exam fee of $60 will be included with horse payment at checkout (International Health is additional), no exceptions.  

Equine Insurance: We highly recommend that buyers protect their investments and purchase equine insurance immediately after the sale.  An Equine Insurance Agent will be onsite to assist with insurance needs. 

Buyers Fees:

Certificate of Veterinarian Inspection and basic health exam- $60/horse (International Health requires additional)

Additional Buyer’s Fees: Online Buyers' Credit/Debit Card Convenience Fee (determined by CCI) –International Buyers' Fees

Boarding- Sunday night $60, Monday night and beyond (off site) $75 with proof of insurance

Payment methods and fees are subject to change.

Private Sales: Absolutely no private sales with consignors either prior to or after the auction. Consignors have given Southern Belle Classic, owned and produced by Belles in Boots Productions, LLC, exclusive rights for selling the consigned horses. All horses consigned to the Southern Belle Classic must go through the auction ring. Any horses “no sold” in the ring but sold outside are expected to be reported to the office. 

Guarantee: Based upon representations made solely by the horse Consignor, all horses consigned have passed our sifting process prior to the sale. All horses are sold guaranteed sound by the Consignor only that at the time of sale the horse was sound of limb, wind, and eye unless other announcements are made from the auction block. This soundness guarantee shall be exclusively between Buyer and Consignor only and does not include any other persons.  Buyer understands and agrees that Southern Belle Classic, Belles in Boots Productions, LLC, its principals, directors, officers, agents, owners, members, employees and volunteers are not responsible to perform any inspection or to independently confirm or verify the soundness of Consignor’s horse.  Buyer understands and agrees that Southern Belle Classic, Belles in Boots Productions, LLC, its principals, directors, officers, agents, owners, members, employees and volunteers are unaware of the condition of Consignor’s horse, and therefore is relying solely upon representations made by Consignor regarding the condition of the horse and that the horse is sound.  All soundness guarantees do not include any time period following the sale including transportation. Buyers are encouraged to purchase equine insurance to protect their investments. Shall any soundness disputes arise; the Buyer must contact the Consignor and settle the dispute between the two of them and Buyer agrees to indemnify, release and hold harmless Southern Belle Classic, Belles in Boots Productions, LLC, its principals, directors, officers, agents, owners, members, employees and volunteers to and from any claims, liability or damages which may be asserted by Buyer of the horse on account of any breach of warranty, breach of promise or alleged misrepresentation. In the event it is determined that the defect was present at the time of sale, the Consignor is required to trade the Buyer a horse of same value. If the horse is determined not to have the alleged defect, the sale of said horse is valid and enforceable and purchaser assumes all costs of examination, treatment, and sale purchase price. Soundness does not guarantee pass of a check by any vet or trainer following the sale. Buyers are expected to ride and visit the horse and speak with consignors before the sale giving them the confidence they need to bid on sale day. If Buyer wants additional x-rays or examinations performed on the horse, he/she needs to have those exams completed before the sale and at Buyer's own expense. The Buyer understands and agrees that the Consignor of each animal (not Southern Belle Classic nor Belles in Boots Productions, LLC) represents and warrants to the Buyer the following (but not limited to): title of the animal, free from all claims of ownership; the horse is sound of limb, eyes, and wind; the horse is not a cribber or wind sucker; the horse is not cryptorchid; the horse is not pregnant; the horse is exactly what they represent it to be.  Buyers are expected to do their homework and research before bidding on a horse. 

Warranty: There is no implied warranty made by auctioneer, Southern Belle Classic, or Belles in Boots Productions, LLC as to the merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose of any horse in the sale. The Buyer agrees that he/she is relying upon any warranties or representations made prior to or during the sale to be made only by and on behalf of the Consignor. Buyer agrees that the Southern Belle Classic and Belles in Boots Productions, LLC are serving merely as agents selling said horse(s) for the Consignor as the principle. The Consignor is the sole responsible party for all representations, warranties, and guarantees expressed or implied concerning the condition of any horse and Buyers should satisfy themselves concerning the condition before purchasing. Consignors will not replace animal because of human/animal personality conflicts. Buyers must do their homework/research well in advance of the sale to find the horse that best fits them. The Buyer and sale attendees further agree to hold the Consignor and the Southern Belle Classic, Belles in Boots Productions, LLC, its principals, directors, officers, agents, owners, members, employees and volunteers, harmless from all loss, cost and expense rising from illness, injury or death of such animal, or loss or damage to property, and injury or death of persons, caused by themselves, their agents, or employees, or by the animal, subsequent to the time of purchase.

Liability: Buyers, sellers, consignors, and spectators are cautioned to exercise care while attending the sale and enter premises at their own risk according to the laws of the State of South Carolina. Neither the owners nor any other persons connected with this sale assume any liability, legal or otherwise, for accidents to persons or property, before, during, or after the sale. Southern Belle Classic, Belles in Boots Productions, LLC, its principals, directors, officers, agents, owners, members, employees and volunteers, and each and every landowner, municipal and/or government agency upon whose property this activity is conducted (herein after referred to as SBC), shall not be liable for injuries sustained by anyone attending the Southern Belle Classic & its associates act as agents only and are not responsible for buyer/seller error or misunderstanding. All guarantees are for the benefit and reliance by buyers, and are strictly between the buyer and the seller of the horse. All animals are sold “As Is- Where Is”. In further consideration of this sale, I agree to indemnify and defend SBC and their agents and associates, from all injury, loss of equipment, loss of animal or damages to myself, my animals or damages or injury to others lien property from my animals, by entering this horse sale whether by negligence, breach of warranty, or any misrepresentation which is alleged to have been made about the soundness of any animal sold at the sale . The undersigned by executing this instrument delivers said agreement to SBC and declares them free of all claims.  If any claim or dispute is asserted or arises out of or over the sale or consignment of any lot or animal sold at auction, it is agreed that venue for any dispute shall be resolved exclusively in the Courts in the State of South Carolina, and that South Carolina law shall control this transaction or any claims or disputes which arise directly or indirectly out of this transaction in all respects. By purchasing a horse at SBC and/or executing this instrument, I verify that I have read the above information/terms & conditions in full and hereby agree to be bound by them.

These terms and conditions may be updated by Southern Belle Classic or its agents at any time with notice given to involved parties.

(Updated 1/12/24)