Oklahoma Auctioneer Wins Qualifier for World Livestock Auctioneer ChampionshipMon, 08 Dec 2014 16:46:02 CST
Justin Dodson, Welch, Okla., was named Champion at the 2015 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Midwestern Regional Qualifying Event. The second of three qualifiers was hosted by Coffeyville Livestock Market, Coffeyville, Kan. on December 4. A total of 22 contestants competed for a top 10 placing that grants them a spot in the 2015 WLAC at Clifton Livestock Commission Co. in Clifton, Texas.
A WLAC-contest veteran, Dodson has competed 12 times. After a Reserve Champion finish at the WLAC a few years ago, Dodson made the decision to take some time off from the competition to spend time with family. Now, back and refocused, Dodson says that winning the 2015 WLAC Midwestern Qualifier means a lot.
"I love the competition. I love the drive, and I'd hoped I would still have that fire. After I stepped in the block today, I knew it was there," Dodson said. The Welch, Okla., auctioneer is excited for another chance to win the World Livestock Auctioneer Champion title and opportunity to represent the livestock marketing industry.
Dodson started auctioneering over 20 years ago, after chasing a childhood dream cultivated from days spent with his dad buying cattle a local livestock auction markets.
Also making a great showing were Reserve Champion Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, Ohio and Runner-Up Brennin Jack, Prince Albert, Sask. The remaining contestants who earned a top ten finish are Justin Abell, Sigourney, Iowa; Mitch Barthel, Perham, Minn.; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Mike Godberson, Pawnee, Okla.; Blake McDaniel, Tallassee, Ala.; Brandon Neely, Southside, Ala.; and Robb Taylor, Perkins, Okla.
A live cattle sale took place with actual bidders in the seats. Contestants were judged on the clarity of their auction chant; vocal quality; ability to catch bids and conduct the sale; and if the judge would hire the auctioneer. Judges for each qualifying event are livestock market owners and managers from across the United States.
Other contestants who competed are Jared Anstine, Holden, Mo.; Justin Banzhaf, Cambridge, Neb.; Jake Bettencourt, Hilmar, Calif.; Dillon Gross, Bradleyville, Mo.; Roger Hoffman, Shady Point, Okla.; Eric Lassiter, Bartlesville, Okla.; Kyle Layman, North Platte, Neb.; Justin Mebane, Bakersfield, Calif.; Billy J. Monk, Weatherford, Texas; Bill Nance, Sheldon, Mo.; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kan.; and Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.
Above pictured left to right - Daniel Mitchell, Reserve Champion; Justin Dodson, Champion; Brennin Jack, Runner-Up.
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