Calgary – And then there was one.

Tim Yoder of Montezuma, Georgia fast-talked his way to the top during the 2019 Calgary Stampede International Livestock Auctioneer Championship on Saturday at the Nutrien Western Event Centre.

Yoder was the first contender to compete in the day’s Top 10 event after beating out 26 other competitors during the preliminary round held in Stavely, Alberta on Friday. Yoder was one of three Americans to make it to the finals.

“I’m overwhelmed with emotion because there were (26) other great auctioneers that competed and any one of them could have won it,” Yoder said after collecting a $10,000 cheque for the big win. “To be selected is a very humbling experience. Having the chance to compete not only against other auctioneers but … lifelong friends is a very humbling experience.”

While Yoder has won auctioneering competitions before, this one has a special spot in his heart.

“Definitely the biggest honour of my career,” he says. “I won a few other contests, but to be able to come up here to Calgary and win this contest, it means more to me than any contest I ever had the privilege of winning.”

During the top 10 portion of the competition, auctioneers were to auction off four livestock each and then a black box item that the live audience had a chance to bid on.

The auctioneers were being judged on five areas: rhythm, clarity and voice control; livestock knowledge and ability to control a sale; bid spotting, repartee and timing; and appearance and mannerisms.

One of the most important aspects of live auctioneering is for the voice and chant of the auctioneer to be easy to understand and enjoyable to listen to.

Yoder, who has an organic dairy farm in the state of Georgia, graduated from the World Wide College of Auctioneering in September 2013, and has been auctioneering ever since. He auctions off cattle once a week and cars twice a week.

The married father of two works hard on the farm but his love for auctions is a passion.

“I just love an auction, it’s a lot of fun. It’s exciting to go to an auction or the stockyard, and you find cattle you want to buy or you may sell. It’s just an excitement of the action that made me want to be an auctioneer.”

Michigan’s Wade Leist was the Reserve Champion, earning $2,000 for the distinction while Nebraska’s Trev Moravec won $1,000 for third. Brad Martens from Gibbons, Alberta won fourth.

The 2019 Calgary Stampede International Livestock Auctioneer Rookie of the Year award went to Lane Purdie of Red Deer County, Alberta.

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