Trent Stewart named 2007 WorldLivestock Auctioneer Champion
He may not have been prepared to speak, but he was ready for the contest. Stewart, of Redmond, OR, was named world champion after competition June 16 at the Springfield, MO, Livestock Marketing Center.
The reserve world champion in the 44th annual WLAC was Ty Thompson, Billings, MT, and the runner-up world champion was Tom Frey, Creston, IA. Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) created and conducts the annual contest.
Stewart, 32, was sponsored by the market he’s owned since 1997, Central Oregon Livestock Auction, Inc., Madras. This was his eighth year in the contest, and he won the reserve title in 2002 and 2006.
An auctioneer for 14 years, Stewart attended the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, and the World Champion College of Auctioneering in Bakersfield, CA.
He told the audience at the evening awards banquet that he dedicated his victory to “everybody else who’s ever competed in this contest,” and he pledged, “I’ll try and be a great champion.”
Thompson, 34, has been auctioneering since he was 19. He was sponsored by Public Auction Yards, Billings Live Stock Commission, and Northern Livestock Video Auction, all of Billings, and Winter Livestock, Inc., d/b/a Riverton Livestock Auction, Riverton, WY.
Thompson has come close to the top title, finishing in the top 10 finalists six times, and taking home the reserve champion title twice. Not surprisingly, he said, “Sure, I’ll be back.”
Frey, 46, was sponsored by the market he owns, Creston Livestock Auction, Inc., and Unionville Livestock Market, Inc., Unionville, MO.
He’s also been among the top 10 finalists several times. The self-taught auctioneer has been in the profession for 30 years and also pledged to enter again.
From LMA, World Champion Stewart won $5,000, a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab LT, and a custom-designed champions’ sculpture.
The Silverado, given to the champion for one year, was provided by Lindsay Chevrolet, Lebanon, MO, the Official Dealership of the 2007 WLAC.
The host Springfield Market awarded Stewart a custom-designed, championship diamond ring. From the Missouri Auction School, he was given the gold microphone award, and from the World Wide College of Auctioneering, the golden gavel award.
The Resistol Hat Company, the world’s largest western hat maker, provided the three world titlists with custom-fit hats, valued at $1,000 for the world champ, $550 for the reserve champ, and $450 for the runner-up.
The three champions and the seven other finalists received custom-designed belt buckles from LMA. LMA also awards the reserve champ $2,000 and Waterford crystal, and the runner-up champ a crystal gavel and $1,000.
The Championship is an actual livestock sale, with buyers on the seats. The semi-finalists are judged on vocal clarity and quality, talent at keeping the sale moving, and bid-catching ability.
Next year’s regional contests will be in Fort Payne, AL, Lamoni, IA, Dalhart, TX, and Turlock, CA. The June WLAC will be conducted at Durant Stockyards, Durant, OK.