Auctioneer Champions

 


Ross Annett (T-Down Trailer Sales) and Chris Baker (Eby Trailers) Present Ab Carroll the use of a EBY trailer for one year. 




Albert (Ab) Carroll: 2018 Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Champion

2018 LMAC Auctioneering Champion Albert (Ab) Carroll hails from Downeyville, Ontario. At a young age, Ab Carroll became fascinated with the agricultural industry and the auction method of marketing. Carroll says he has always been involved in local agriculture. “At a young age, I started in the local 4-H Beef Club and it really sparked my love for cattle and it taught me how to communicate with other producers.”

As soon as Carroll was old enough, he started a job at his local auction mart. “My dream was  always to become an auctioneer. I was just drawn to it. I saw how auctioneers were able to command a room by the speed and clarity of their voice, and I wanted to be someone that could get fair prices for farmers and have that connection with the public.” Carroll admits the road to becoming an auctioneer was not as easy as he had thought. “I worked in the ring during the sale and spent countless hours behind the scenes sorting, penning and loading trucks.” Carroll adds that these experiences were valuable in the long run.

In September of 2011, Carroll was finally able to attend auction school at Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Denver, Colorado. At 16 years old, Carroll was the youngest student in his class and was extremely excited to get the opportunity to learn from the best in the business. When he returned home Carroll was ecstatic to find out that he was now the official seller of chickens and rabbits at his local auction.

Almost a year later, Carroll went in for his shift at the sale barn and was approached by the lead auctioneer, Neil Woodrow. Carroll was asked by Woodrow if he would be interested in selling the baby holstein calves each week to give him a break during the sale. “I wasn’t very good when I started, but one thing I have alway said is that you can’t get better if you don’t put yourself out there and try.” Carroll says he was always eager for advice. “I used to sit down with Neil Woodrow after every sale and ask him how to improve. Without someone investing time in me and leading the way, I wouldn’t have gotten better.”

In 2014 Ab Carroll decided to compete in the LMAC Auctioneer Championship. Carroll has never believed in “self-taught” auctioneers. He believes that when you are surrounded by a wealth of dedicated and talented people, you pick up their positive traits and better yourself by their influence. For this reason, Carroll always believed that the LMAC convention and competition has been the greatest opportunity to learn.

Carroll wanted to make a good impression at his first LMAC, so he decided to learn from Brennin Jack, the 2011 Auctioneer Champion for two weeks before the competition. “Brennin really got me to smooth out my chant and focus on the clarity of my numbers. He always gave me thorough feedback, supported me, and wanted me to get better.” Carroll adds that every competition since, Brennin has provided feedback and has always supported the growth of younger auctioneers. Carroll hopes to someday have the same influence.

Carroll’s first LMAC showed that he had many areas for improvement, but instead of getting discouraged Carroll took it as a challenge with a positive attitude. Carroll wanted to return to the next competition to learn even more and to better his abilities. Carroll adds that the best tool for learning has been the comradeship. “The auctioneers that compete all have a great attitude and I look forward to seeing them every year. We all support each other and just being able to listen to such a diverse range in chants has impacted my abilities and what I strive to achieve.”

One of the greatest moments Carroll can recall is when Neil Woodrow recommended him as an auctioneer to Brian Pascoe, Wayne Small and Murray Morrison, at the Ontario Stockyards in Cookstown, Ontario. Carroll started as a main auctioneer in 2015, and has been at the Ontario Stockyards ever since. Carroll says the influence that Pascoe, Small and Morrison has had on him has been tremendous. “They have not only kept me on my toes as an auctioneer but they have also taught me the business from the ground up. They have helped me to develop bonds with producers, buyers, truckers and every person that comes through the door. They have tailored my skills as a businessman and they have entrusted me with all aspects of the business which I am extremely grateful for.”

At the 2016 LMAC convention and competition, Carroll met his girlfriend Ashley Ferraro when her parents hosted at Brussels Livestock. Carroll was friends with the Ferraro family previously but after meeting Ashley he began to spend much more time with the Ferraro family. Carroll says they have supported him and his business and have helped him to develop his skills. Carroll says he’s gotten a lot more than buckles and friends from LMAC. “I met my girlfriend through LMAC and she runs my office and we plan auctions together. Her family understands my way of life and it couldn’t be a better fit. We have the same interests and I think LMAC is great at connecting like-minded people.”

Carroll has been a supporter of LMAC for years and has always encouraged other auctioneers to come out. Carroll truly believes that LMAC is the foundation for growth amongst auctioneers and it fosters a bond between livestock market owners across Canada regardless of where they are from. “We all face the same issues as an industry and we need organizations like LMAC to unite us and to fight for what we work so hard to produce.”

Carroll says that winning the 2018 LMAC Auctioneer Championship was “the opportunity of a lifetime.” Carroll adds that he has never felt so grateful and humbled. “I would not be where I am today without LMAC and all that it has taught me. When I think of my beginning I think of LMAC, but this achievement and honour is not the end. I plan on using my platform as the 2018 Auctioneer Champion to promote true price discovery through the auction method of marketing. I plan on continuing those messages even after my year is up and I will be coming back to LMAC every year to network, to encourage young auctioneers and to rejoin so many of my colleagues that I am proud to call my friends.”

Ab Carroll is honoured to be the 2018 Canadian Auctioneer Champion. He would like to thank his parents Tim and Tab Carroll and his grandparents Clair and Margo Lucas as well as the rest of his family for their constant support.

2018 Sponsors of the Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Championship

TOP 5 ROOKIE AUTIONEERS



Brad
Kehler

Bradely
Olson

Brett
Jensen

Kelly
Wright

Lane
Purdie

TOP 20 AUCTIONEERS

Ab
Carrol

Andrew Reeleder

Brady Olson

Brock
Taylor

Clayton
Howreluik

Darcy
Sheets

Donnie
Peacock

Eric
Cloutre

Farron
Ward

Frederick
Bodnauras

Ken
McDonald

Kevin
McArter



Kirk
Goldsmith

Kyle
Soderberg

Rhett
Parks

Rob Bergevin



Scott
Campbell

Tyler
Cronkhite

Tyler
Slawinski

Ryan
Konyenbelt

2018 Livestock Markets Association of Canada -
Canadian Livestock Auctioneering Champions

1. ALBERT CARROL

84.0

13.2 80.4

2. RYAN KONYNENBELT 

82.0

13.0 78.6

3. FREDRICK BODNARUS

80.5

14.5 78.9

4. TYLER SLAWINSKI

82.0

13.0 78.6

5. RHETT PARKS   

77.5

15.7 77.7

6. KIRK GOLDSMITH

76.0

16.5 77.3

7. DONNIE PEACOCK

76.0

16.3 77.1

8. KYLE SODERBERG

78.0

12.8 75.2   

9. TYLER CRONKHITE

77.0

13.0 74.6

10. KEVIN McARTER

73.5

12.7 71.5

11. ROB BERGEVIN

64.5

18.3 69.9

12. DARCY SHEETS

72.5

11.7 69.7

13. SCOTT CAMPBELL

71.5

12.0 69.2

14. ANDREW REELEDER

67.0

12.5 66.1

15. KEN McDONALD

62.5

15.2 65.2

16. BROCK TAYLOR

63.5

14.3 65.1

17. FARRON WARD

64.5

12.7 64.3

18. CLAYTON HOWRELUIK

68.0

9.5 63.9

19. ERIC CLOUATRE

67.5

8.0 62.0

20. BRADY OLSEN

63.0

11.5 61.9

 

 

   

 

 

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.

 



 

 

 

Carolyn MaCormack representing the Canadian Simmental Assoc. presents the Limited Edition Bronze to 2018 Champion Ab Carroll. 

 

 

John Mielhausen from the Canadian Charolais Assoc. presents Ab Carroll with the Champion Buckle. 

 

Rob Bergevin of Foothills Auctioneering Inc. sponsors the Champion's Ring.  2018 Winner was Ab Carroll.