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Fort Macleod auctioneer third in international competition at Calgary STampede

HEATHER CAMERON – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR

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Ryan Konynenbelt placed third and was Rookie of the Year in the international auctioneering competition at the 2015 Calgary Stampede.

Ryan Konynenbelt placed third earlier this month in the international auctioneering competition at the 2015 Calgary Stampede and won $600 for his accomplishment.
“I think it was indeed a huge accomplishment for my career and has definitely encouraged me to continue improving and try for the champion title,” said Konynenbelt, who works at the Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange in Fort Macleod as an auctioneer and sales representative.
During the international auctioneering competition at the Stampede the qualifying round consisted of seven drafts of live cattle being sold at the Olds Auction Mart and the top 10 were chosen from those sales.
Konynenbelt said the top 10 advanced to the final round where they sold four drafts of live cattle and one black box item in front of a live crowd.
Twenty-seven competitors from across Canada, the United States and participants from the Young Livestock Auctioneer competition in Australia were involved in this year’s event.
“Any auctioneer can compete . . . that being said it is kind of advised to be involved in the livestock marketing industry since you need product knowledge,” Konynenbelt said.
Konynenbelt entered his first competition in May at the Canadian Livestock Auctioneer Competition in Winnipeg and although he made the final round of 14 out of 27 auctioneers, he was unable to make the top 10.
The Calgary Stampede was Konynenbelt’s second competition.
“I am originally a self-taught auctioneer and taught myself how to bid call by watching other auctioneers and watching every competition I could on-line,” said Konynenbelt, who lives at Nobleford. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ll definitely go to any competition I can.”
According to the Stampede Web site, first place was claimed by Marcus Kent, who had an overall aggregate score of 180.500 and second place was claimed by Mike Nuss, who had an overall aggregate score of 180.167.
Along with third place, Konynenbelt claimed the title of Rookie of the Year.
Konynenbelt said he was inspired to try auctioneering competitions due to personal desire and encouragement from others along with wanting to test his skills against some of the best auctioneers in the competitive business.
“It’s a huge honour to be able to place so high and have your efforts recognized,” Konynenbelt said. “The competition gives me recognition in the community now and I am looking forward to meeting more producers through my job at the Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange — Fort Macleod Auction Market as an auctioneer and sales representative.”

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