THE Riverina is considered one of the best training grounds in Australia for young auctioneers.
In fact, the region is well represented in the list of finalists who are set to compete in the coveted state and national sections of the competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Ryan Burden, 22, of Landmark Narrandera is one of the finalists in the NSW competition. He is a regular face at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre during the sheep and cattle sales.
Mr Burden will be joined by fellow Riverina contestants Pat Cleaver, 23, of Riverina Livestock Agents (RLA) and Will Stoddart, 24, of Elders Wagga. Meanwhile, Tom Boyle of Landmark Albury, will compete in the national section of the competition.
Mr Boyle was the runner up in the NSW competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show last year. Australian Livestock and Property Agents (ALPA) chief executive officer, Andy Madigan said the beauty of the competition is its focus on the future of the industry.
“All competitors have attended ALPA conducted auctioneers’ schools throughout the year to further develop their skills and learn from experienced professionals,” he said. In the NSW State competition, 10 young men will compete for the John Weekes Memorial Shield and the chance to represent NSW in next years’ ALPA National Competition.
The eight national finalists will compete for the Prosser Cup and the winner represents Australia in the International Livestock Auctioneers’ Competition at the Calgary Stampede, Canada. Mr Madigan said competitors will be judged on their diction, values, voice and manner; they must establish their own presence and unique style to make a memorable performance worthy of a title.
“A panel of three judges have been chosen based on their industry experience and strong selling backgrounds so that they know exactly how to identify a winning auctioneer, will judge the competitors,” he said. Before the competition, ALPA members will gather with industry members and the competitor’s friends and family for the ALPA National & NSW Young Auctioneers competition dinner.