The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio


Since it’s inception, The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio has become the leading rope horse sale in the country and the premier horse sale of the Team Roping Capital of the World. Held each year in Wickenburg, Arizona, in conjunction with the National Team Roping Finals, The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio is limited to 65 top rope horses and draws consignors and buyers from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Renowned auctioneer Steve Friskup, who takes the auction block each year under the big top tent at Rancho Rio, equates going to The Horse Sale in Wickenburg to going to a Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.

"If you're a primo car buyer, you go to a Barrett-Jackson auction,” Friskup said in an interview with The Team Roping Journal. “It’s the same way with ropers. You can expect to take in an overload of your favorite sport."

In 2020, the sixth edition of The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio moved more than $1.3 million in rope horses and has surpassed the million-dollar mark in total sales since 2019.

Most consignors have their horses in Arizona for buyers to watch at jackpots well in advance of the sale and we encourage buyers to take advantage. Reach out, do your research, and go try any horses that you might be interested in.

The 2021 Horse Sale at Rancho Rio will offer a full team roping preview on Thursday, March 4, with the auction slated to take place on Friday, March 5. Follow Rancho Rio on Facebook for updates.


Thursday, March 4
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Sale Horse Check-in (NTR Trailer)
Approx. 3:00 p.m. - Sale Horse Preview

Friday, March 5
Noon: Sale Office Opens - Bidder Numbers Available
4:00 p.m. - The Horse Sale Reception
5:00 p.m. - The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio

The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio is held in conjunction with the NTR National Finals.
You can view the complete Finals schedule and digital Horse Sale catalog inside The Arena.


LiveAuctions.TV powered by Superior Productions will be providing an online and phone bidding service for anyone who is not able to attend The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio in person. Both an online and phone bidding service will be available for registered buyers.

To register for the sale please visit:
   • “Create Account”- Enter your accurate information into all fields and click “Terms Of Service”.
   • After agreeing to the terms click “Register”.
   • Once redirected back to The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio auction page click “Request a Buyer Number”.

Prior to sale day you will receive an email with bidding instructions and a bid line phone number specific to this sale.

If you have any questions, please call Superior at 800.422.2117.

Additional questions, contact Ty Smith at 307.760.4858.

View Sale Terms & Conditions.