Ramirez wins Calgary Stampedes International Livestock Auctioneer Championship
Paul Ramirez of Tucson, AZ, displayed the fastest, most persuasive chant in the West, winning the 21st International Livestock Auctioneer Championship at the Calgary Stampede’s Livestock Show and Rodeo.
It was Ramirez’s fifth time competing for a shot at the title. Once an auctioneer wins the world title, they are retired as a World Champion and are no longer eligible to compete. “I am an ambassador now,” said a beaming Ramirez, who won the Stampede’s reserve champion in 2008. “One thing I’m really going to enjoy, being the champion, is promoting the Calgary Stampede and bringing Americans up for this great contest.”
Contestants were rated by a panel of five judges on rhythm, clarity, voice control, appearance, mannerisms, and livestock knowledge, as well as their ability to spot bids and conduct a sale. Ramirez is the first American to win the Stampede’s International Livestock Auctioneer Championship since 2006. “I am proud to bring the title back to Arizona.”
Ramirez returns with more than $5,000 in cash and prizes, including a custom-designed silver belt buckle. Ramirez is a well-known charity and real estate auctioneer in Tucson and the Phoenix area, and an auctioneer at Pacific Livestock Auction, Chandler, AZ, and Marana Stockyards, Marana, AZ. — WLJ