Auctioneer Champions

 


Left to right; Ross Annett T-Down, Trailers; Sharon Bergevin, Foothills Auctioneers Inc.; Darren Rebalkin 2017 Champion; Meghan Black, Canadian Simmental Association; Tessa Verbeek, Canadian Limousin Association; Chris Baker, Eby Trailers.



Darren Rebalkin 2017 Auctioneering Champion accepts a host of awards.

Darren Rebalkin
Sponsored by Meadow Lake Stockyards, Sask.

Darren Rebalkin: 2017 Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Champion

2017 LMAC Auctioneering Champion Darren Rebalkin graduated from the Western Canadian School of Auctioneering in Calgary in 1993.  For Darren, the auction business had always been part of his life, attending many cattle and farm auctions while growing up on the farm.  “The excitement of the auction and the auctioneer intrigued me, but never really thought that I could do it,” explained the 51 year-old champion.  He was employed as a heavy equipment operator back in ‘93, and in his words, “I was at a crossroads in my life and needed a career change.”  After exploring many career options, he decided to try his hand at auctioneering and enrolled at auction school.

After graduating from the auction school, Darren landed his first auction market job, starting at ground zero as an “alley rat” at Charlton Auction Service in Brooks, Alberta. “Johnny Charlton never let me sell a thing for the first two years.  During that time I was schooled in the operation of an auction market and learned to do every job around the market that there was.”

“At the farm sales I was with Johnny learning to book the sales and did what it took to conduct a successful sale for the patron. As time went on I was allowed to sell the small animals and all the household items and then eventually got into the cattle side of it.” 
 
“I've worked at various auction marts throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan over the years and have been involved in the commercial and heavy equipment side of the business which I feel has greatly influenced my ability as an all-round auctioneer, but the cattle business has always been my first love.” 

Rebalkin entered his only other LMAC auctioneering championship in 2008, which was hosted in Quebec. At that competition, he placed in the top 10.  This year Rebalkin was the clear winner; his deep commanding voice, smooth chant and professionalism earned him top spot in both rounds.

Rebalkin says that he entered the competition to basically showcase his ability to the industry and to network with old and new friends. “There is no better place to achieve that.” He is now focusing on making auctioneering his full time job.

He had these comments on the auction industry: “With modern technology taking hold of the auction business, I still believe that a good auctioneer and ring man can generate excitement and interest to truly maximize the full value of what it is you are selling.”

This year’s champion resides in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and was sponsored by Meadow Lake Stockyards from Saskatchewan.  
 
Darren Rebalkin was truly honoured and humbled to have been chosen as the 2017 Canadian Champion. “I am now part of an elite group of men and will be proud of all the others who will become part of this group in the future. Once again thank you to all the members of LMAC and to all the sponsors of this competition.” He is looking forward to meeting more LMAC members and industry partners as time goes on.

30 auctioneers from B.C. to Quebec took part in LMAC 2017 hosted by Perlich Bros. Auction Mart Ltd. in Lethbridge.

2017 Judges
left to right : Doug Haughton Kamloops B.C., Dave Ropp, Waterloo Ont; Gene Parks, Brandon Mb; Danny Rosehill, Olds Ab; Robin Gilroy, Moose Jay, Sk; Ryan Hurlburt, Saskatoon Sk.

TOP 16 AUCTIONEERS

Albert
Carroll

Darcy
Sheets

Kirk Goldsmith

Darren
Lutz

Darren Rebalin

Rob Bergevin

Donnie
Peacock

Rhett
Parks

Farron
Ward

Justin
Perlich

Tyler Slawinski

Frederick Bodnarus



Kyle
Soderberg

Ryan Konynenbelt

Tyler
Rosehill

William Haalstra

 

 

2017 Livestock Markets Association of Canada - Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Champions Perlich Bros. Auction Mart Ltd., Lethbridge Ab.


Round # 1

 

1. Darren Rebalkin – Meadow Lake Stockyards - SK

84

2. Tyler Slawinski – Gladstone Auction Mart – Mb     

84

3. Ryan Konynenbelt – Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange

83.5

4. Kirk Goldsmith – Dryland Cattle Trading Corp. – Ab.   

83.5

5. Albert Carroll – Ontario Stockyards Inc.          

82

6. Donnie Peacock – Heartland Livestock - Sk

81.5

7.  Tyler Rosehill – Olds Auction Mart - Ab

80.5

8.   Rob Bergevin – Foothills Auctioneers Inc. – Ab    

80

9.  Kyle Soderberg – Heartland Livestock - Ab           

79.5

10. Darcy Sheets – VJV Westlock - Ab

79.5

11. Frederick Bodnarus – Spiritwood Auction Mart  - Sk  

79

12. Farron Ward – Chopper K Auctions – Sk.

78.5

13.  Rhett Parks – Whitewood Livestock Sales –Sk        

77.5

14. Justin Perlich – Perlich Bros. Auction Mart Ltd.             

77

15. Darren Lutz – Medicine Hat Feeding Co. - Ab

76

16. William Haalstra – Ontario Livestock Exchange – Ont.

74.5

 

 

Round 2

 

 

 

1. Darren Rebalkin – Meadow Lake Stockyards - Sk

90.5

2. Ryan Konynenbelt – Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange

88

3. Albert Carroll – Ontario Stockyards Inc.          

86

4. Tyler Slawinski – Gladstone Auction Mart – Mb     

85.5

5. Donnie Peacock – Heartland Livestock - Sk

85

6. Kyle Soderberg – Heartland Livestock - Ab

85

7. Kirk Goldsmith – Dryland Cattle Trading Corp. – Ab.            

84

8. Rob Bergevin – Foothills Auctioneers Inc. – Ab

83

9. Tyler Rosehill – Olds Auction Mart - Ab

83

10. Darcy Sheets – VJV Westlock - Ab

82.5

 

 

 

 

Past Auctioneer Champions

 

Year

Champion

Venue

1998

Dan Skeels, Rimby, AB

Winnipeg, MB

1999

Tony Chaffe, Lucknow, ON

Ottawa, ON

2000

Cory Lawrence, Warburg, AB

Ponoka, AB

2001

Peter Raffan, Armstrong, BC

Kamloops, BC

2002

Des Plewman, Weyburn, SK

Assiniboia, SK

2003

Don Oberg, Lacombe, AB

Brandon, MB

2004

Ross Annett, Brooks, AB

Waterloo, ON

2005

Ward Cutler, Virden, MB

Ponoka, AB

2006

Dean Edge, Rimby, AB

Kamloops, BC

2007

Brad Stenberg, Kronau, SK

Saskatoon SK.

2008

Andy Carter, Amherst, NS

St-Isidore, QC

2009

Chance Martin, Red Deer, AB

Brooks, AB

2010

Rodney Burnett, Armstrong, BC

Winnipeg, MB

2011

Brennin Jack, Regina SK

Waterloo, ON

2012

Justin Gattey, Ponoka, AB

Stavely, AB

2013

Travis Rogers, Clyde, AB

Calgary, AB

2014

Shawn Gist, Fort Saskatchewan,AB

Moosejaw,SK

2015

Calvin Kuepfer Waterloo Ont.

Winnipeg MB

2016

Ryan Hurlburt, Saskatoon

Brussels Ont.

2017

Darren Rebalkin - Rocky Mountain House

Lethbridge Ab.

 



 

 

 

Ross Annett of T-Down Trailer Sales and Eby Trailers presents 2017 LMAC Champion Darren Rebalkin with his Eby Trailer to use for one year!

 

Darren Rebalkin was the top auctioneer at LMAC 2017 held at Perlich Bros. in Lethbridge

Darren Rebalkin acknowledges the crowd after being named 2017 LMAC Champion