Cherokee Sales Co. to host World Livestock Auctioneer Championship Midwestern Qualifying Event

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (Nov. 4, 2021) – The second of three regional qualifying events for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) will be hosted by Cherokee Sales Co. in Cherokee, Okla., on November 10, 2021.  

Opening ceremonies will commence at 8:45 a.m. (CT), with the awards presentation following the competition. A total of 30 contestants will compete for a top 10 placing, granting them a spot in the semi-finals for the 2022 WLAC at Shipshewana Auction, Inc. in Shipshewana, Ind. 

Each qualifying event is a live sale where each contestant auctions 8 drafts of livestock (traditionally cattle) to actual bidders. Contestants are judged on the clarity of their auction chant; professionalism; and their ability to conduct the sale while catching bids. 

Contestants competing are Zach Ballard, Presho, S.D.; Leon Caselman, Long Lane, Mo.; Spencer Cline, Kingston, Ark.; Justin Dodson, Welch, Okla.; Keelan Dunn, Bowie, Texas; Will Epperly, Dunlap, Iowa; Quest Flesner, Hannibal, Mo.; Brandon Hamel, Natoma, Kan.; Jacob Hills, Ridgeway, Wis.; Calvin Hollis, Mannford, Okla.; Michael Imbrogno, Turlock, Calif.; John Kisner, Hays, Kan.; Lynn Langvardt, Chapman, Kan.; Josh Larson, Haxtun, Colo.; Kye Layman, North Platte, Neb.; Lane Marbach, Victoria, Texas; Tilon Mast, Auburn, Neb.; Clayton Neumann, Ringwood, Okla.; Lander Nicodemus, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Ross Parks, New Concord, Ohio; Chris Pinard, Swainsboro, Ga.; Kade Rogge, Rupert, Idaho; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kan.; Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.; Barrett Simon, Rosalia, Kan.; Dustin Smith, Jay, Okla.; Lonnie Stripe, Humeston, Iowa; Andrew Sylvester, Wamego, Kan.; Scott Twardowski, Swanville, Minn.; Corbitt Wall, Canyon, Texas.  

The public may attend the livestock auction and competition free of charge. It will also be streamed live on the Livestock Marketing Association’s Facebook page. 

Qualifying events are balanced regionally across LMA Membership. The Eastern Qualifying event will be held at Tri-State Livestock Market in Abingdon, Va., on January 7, and is the final 2022 WLAC qualifier.   


About the Livestock Marketing Association
The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., is North America’s leading, national trade association dedicated to serving its members in the open and competitive auction method of marketing livestock. Founded in 1947, LMA has more than 800 member businesses across the U.S. and Canada and remains invested in both the livestock and livestock marketing industries through support, representation and communication efforts.