If you’re a rodeo fan, you love summer. The warm sun beating down in an arena where fearless competitors put the skills of their craft on the line to see who is the best. Here’s where I might throw you for a loop, though, because I’m not talking about cowboys, horses or bulls. I’m talking about our electric crews.
You see, competitions for electric linemen are also referred to as rodeos and, about a week ago, some of our finest journeymen and apprentices competed in the Xcel Energy’s Mile High Lineman’s Rodeo in Denver. We sent four teams and four apprentices, and they all did us proud!
Special congratulations to the team of Nick Bowman, Shiloh Casorla and Rich Gallegos for their first-place overall finish, and to the team of Bo Compton, Tony Frisch and Brandon Morris for their third-place overall finish!
Congratulations to everyone who competed, including Jason Bergsma, Tyler Dimenza, John Rombeck, Cody Strong, Cory Hazen, Kyle Bray, Jared Maes, Adam Black, Dylan McCain and Micah Keasler! Your performances were impressive, and we’re all proud of your representation of our organization and community!
There was no steer wrestling or bull riding, but the 15 journeymen teams competed in four events.
1. Hurt-man rescue
2. Speed climb
3. Dead end poly-insulator change out
4. Three-phase cut out, change out
The 19 apprentices completed five events.
1. A written test, consisting of 50 question that had to be completed in 20 minutes
2. A hurt-man rescue
3. A speed climb up a pole
4. Build a set of rope blocks
5. Use the rope blocks in the previous challenge on a duplex to assemble, hang and energize a streetlight on an aluminum arm
Based on the picture, it doesn’t look like they won belt buckles – I guess that’s just for those other rodeo folks, but they did bring home an impressive display of awards! Nice job!