Livestock auctioneering ranks among the most physically taxing, Cheechov believes.
When he gets to the national competition in June, Cheechov and his fellow competitors will be tested both on their auctioneering skills and their overall knowledge of the livestock industry.
Melfyn Williams, chairman of the NAEA's professional development committee and its auctioneering committee, said the move heralded a new era in the development of accredited qualifications specifically designed to help auctioneers enhance their technical skills and demonstrate their commitment to their chosen profession.
Ruth Lilley, NAEA head of membership and professional development with (from left) Melfyn Williams, chairman of the NAEA's professional development and auctioneering committee, Richard Auterac, chairman of the RICS Real Estate Auction Group and Charles Smailes, past president of the NAEA and chairman of the National Federation of Property Professionals Board.
Among those who attended (from left) were Clive Emson, of Clive Emson Land & Property Auctioneers; Richard Courtenay Lord, an NAEA lecturer who chaired the seminar; Frank Meisel, senior lecturer in law at the University of Birmingham; Richard Auterac, national director and auctioneer of Jones Lang Lasalle and chairman of the RICS Property Auctioneering
Group; Gary Murphy, partner of Allsop & Co in London; Alistair Kinnear, chief executive of Surveys Online; Charles Smailes, chairman of the National Association of Estate Agents Auctioneering
Committee and Melfyn Williams, vice president of the NAEA.
Anderson, the youngest of the three, is from Carrutherstown near Dumfries, and began his auctioneering
career with Harrison and Hetherington at Lockerbie five years ago.
Lynne Grieve, who works for Harrison & Hetherington at the Borderway Mart in Carlisle, scooped the Dick Harrison Award for the top student in the first year of a four-year livestock auctioneering
foundation course run by the Livestock Auctioneers Association and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers Scotland.
The University, established in 1884, also has other sites, but the auctioneering
major is available only at that campus.
One of North America's most sought-after auctioneering
professionals, Hill is known industry-wide for his smooth and rhythmic chat that reminds one of a crooner's ballad.
Wells is a second generation auctioneer and believes auctioneering
is "the greatest profession in the world.
Lupton has extensive experience in equipment trading and auctioneering
with some of the worlds largest companies in the United Kingdom and the Middle East.
Gordon completed an auctioneering
course as requested, but found that most of what was taught pertained specifically to physical auction houses and pawnbrokers, which are distinctly different from virtual drop-off centers like Snappy Auctions.