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Fort Pierre, S.D., Livestock Auction: hosting current, 2 former World Livestock Auctioneer Champions June 3

Kyle Shobe, winner of the 2010 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), will join former world champions Bruce Brock and Ty Thompson at Fort Pierre Livestock Auction, Inc., on June 3 for the market’s “14th Annual WLAC Anniversary Sale.”

The sale starts at 8 a.m. at the market, located at 802 Sale Barn Road. There is no charge to attend and watch “these very talented auctioneers in action,” said market owner Dennis Hanson.

The three champions will take turns selling 9-10,000 head of calves and yearlings, weighing 350 – 1,150 pounds, and a good selection of replacement heifers, Hanson said.

It was in June, 1997 that the market hosted the annual WLAC, now in its 48th year. In the years since, the annual anniversary sale has become “a tradition,” Hanson said.

Since he usually has 3 world champions at each sale, dozens of them have been at the market — some more than once, Hanson said

Brock, from LeMars, Iowa, who won the world title in 1994, and Thompson, Billings, Mont., who won in 2009, have worked the anniversary sale before.

The sale is more than a tradition, Hanson noted. “It’s also a great time to sell cattle, when there’s three world champions selling them.”

As part of the festivities, on Saturday night, June 4, there will be the Casey Tibbs Match of Champions Bronc Riding at the Stanley County fairgrounds. Call the market at 605-223- 2576 for ticket information.

The WLAC is sponsored and conducted annually by Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), the national trade association for progressive businesses like Fort Pierre Livestock Auction.

Current World Champion Shobe, 28, is from Lewistown, Mont. His winning the world title last June came on just his second time in the contest. In 2009, his first time in, he was named runner-up world champion.

He was also named “Rookie of the Year” in 2009, an award presented to the highest-scoring first-time entrant in that contest’s semi-finals.

Getting to the world championship “was a dream come true and to win it the second time out is an incredible feeling,” Shobe said. “I certainly didn’t expect it.”

Shobe is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, with a degree in agricultural business and a minor in music. He is also a graduate of, and an instructor at the Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Mont.

During his year as champion, Shobe goes on the road for LMA, appearing at member markets and industry events.

This year’s WLAC will be June 25 in Williamston, S.C. Contest rules prohibit former world champions from re-entering.

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