Event

Lineworkers Rodeo

The ultimate venue for public power lineworkers to demonstrate their skill and knowledge while competing for professional recognition.
March 29 - 30, 2019
Colorado Springs, Colorado

2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo - General Information

The Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo is the foremost showcase of public power lineworker skill and knowledge. At the Rodeo, journeyman and apprentice lineworkers compete for professional recognition, attend training courses, and practice essential skills in a safe environment. Furthermore, attendees have a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from the nationwide community of lineworker professionals. 

The 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will be held March 29 - 30 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Competition Sponsors
Learn more about competition, banquet, event, and in-kind sponsorship opportunities. 

Banquet

The 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Awards Banquet will be held at The Broadmoor. 

Banquet Tables: The Association offers rodeo participants the opportunity to reserve a table at the Rodeo Awards Banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and labeled with the utility’s name. There are eight chairs at each table, and a table purchase does NOT include banquet tickets for admission. The Association strongly recommends that table orders be placed as early as possible as quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. All banquet tables must be reserved before March 1.

Banquet Tickets: Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase; as such, the Association recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Banquet tickets include a meal, two drink tickets (Adult Tickets only), a seat for the Rodeo awards ceremony, and entertainment. Note that all competitors, judges, and greeters/auditors receive a banquet ticket as a part of their event registration. Banquet tickets purchased in advance will be available at the “Sales” area during the Rodeo Registration and Expo, on-site at the Rodeo grounds in the General Information tent on Saturday, March 30.

On-Site Logistics

Information on directions to the competition grounds, grounds map, tent order form, and shipping information will be posted here as it becomes available. 

2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo - Results

The results from the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo are now in. Please click here to view the results from the Apprentice competition, and please click here to view the results from the Journeyman Competition. Thank you once again to all of our competitors, judges, and volunteers! We hope to see you all again in 2019 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

You can find pictures of this year's Awards Banquet here.

Please contact the rodeo team at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Agenda

Below is the preliminary agenda for the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.

Friday, March 29
All events on Friday take place at The Broadmoor.

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Training Course Registration

7:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Training Courses for Apprentices and Journeyman Lineworkers

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Indoor Vendor Expo: Connect with industry experts and learn about their latest products and services

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Rodeo Registration & Sales: Registration for apprentice, journeyman teams, judges, and greeters/auditors.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Judges, Greeters/Auditors Meeting (Mandatory Event): Judges and greeters/auditors must register prior to attending this meeting. Judges will proceed to the Apprentice Written Test after this meeting.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Apprentice Written Test Event: Apprentices must register prior to this event and arrive by 4:00 p.m. for the test.

Saturday, March 30
The rodeo competition takes place at the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The rodeo awards banquet takes place at The Broadmoor.

7:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony

8:00 a.m.: 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Competition

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Outdoor Lineworkers Rodeo Vendor Expo

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Written Test Chief Event Judge Available for Q&A

6:00 p.m.: Rodeo Awards Banquet (Tickets Required): Competitors, judges, volunteers, families, and guests are invited to celebrate the Rodeo winners and participants at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Sunday, March 31 -Wednesday, April 3
2019 Engineering & Operations Technical Conference

Back to Rodeo Agenda

Courses: TBD

Apprentice Events:

  • 3ϕ Fuse Replacement
  • Hurtman Rescue
  • Load Transfer
  • Service Connection
  • Written Test

Journeyman Events:

  • 4kV Alley Arm Insulator Change Out
  • 12kV Arrestor Change Out
  • Hurtman Rescue
  • 12kV Pole Transfer
  • URD Install

Friday, March 29

Training Track Courses

Information on training courses will be posted as soon as it is available.


Apprentice Events

Below are the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo Apprentice event descriptions.

3ϕ Fuse Replacement

This event will be simulated dead and rubber gloves are not required; however, the apprentice shall perform the task by complying with all safe work practices. The apprentice must change the fuse links from all three cut-out switches and close the switches simulating restoring power. 

Mean Time: TBD Drop Dead Time: TBD

Event Overview

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Hurtman Rescue

This event is a simulation of rescuing an injured co-worker. The apprentice must ascend the 40’ pole and safely lower the mannequin to the ground. Time starts at the judge’s signal with apprentice standing at least an arm’s length from the pole in any direction. Note: The apprentice’s belt and hooks will be lying on the ground at arm’s length.

Mean Time: 4 min Drop Dead Time: 6 min

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Load Transfer

This event will consist of moving the transformer jumper from one outside phase to the other outside phase. The load must be removed from the 240/120-volt conventional transformer by opening the load-break fused cutout with an extendo stick. Once the fuse is open, the competitor must ascend the pole and transfer the high-side jumper from one outside phase to the other outside phase. The competitor must then descend the pole and re-energize the transformer with the extendo stick.

Mean Time: TBD Drop Dead Time: TBD

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Service Connection

The apprentice must hand a #2 triplex service between weatherhead and pole. The competitor will make up the weatherhead, rig a length of 3/8" three strand rope to the line-end of the triplex, don climbing tools, ascend the pole, sag the triplex, and make the buss connections.

Mean Time: TBD Drop Dead Time: TBD

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Written Test

The written test is a timed 20-minute test given annually to encourage safety at all times when working in the field and during competitions, such as the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. This written test event takes place on Friday afternoon before the Saturday field events. Competitors should bring their scorebook with them to the test.

Drop Dead Time: 20 min

Event Overview

Questions:

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact Patrick O'Rourke at 202-467-2931 or [email protected] .


Journeyman Events

Below are the Journeyman event descriptions for the 2018 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.

4kV Alley Arm Insulator Change Out

This event is simulated energized at 4kV on 1/0 ACSR three-phase straight line circuit with a single 8' wooden cross-arm, braced with a 7' alley-arm. The team will change out the center phase pin insulator.

Mean Time: TBD Drop Dead Time: TBD

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12kV Arrestor Change Out

The team will change both cross-arm mounted lightning arrestors on an energized 12kV two-phase tangent line. 

Mean Time: TBD Drop Dead Time: TBD

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Hurtman Rescue

This team event will run once, with all team members rescuing the hurtman--one must climb, one must open switch, and one must tag the mannequin. The mannequin will be lowered to the ground while the third team member ties the bottom part of the handline to the mannequin’s legs to pull it onto the tarp. Teams must keep the mannequin off the pole and hardware. There will be NO gigs for incidental contact of the mannequin on the pole or neutral conductor provided the tagman is making an honest attempt. The mannequin’s whole body must land gently (as if it were human) on the provided tarp.

Mean Time: 4 min Drop Dead Time: 6 min

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12kV Pole Transfer

Teams are required to transfer the 1/0 ACSR primary conductor and neutral to a new pole. Poles will be set 4' apart and will be pre-drilled with the appropriate holes for material installation. . The primary conductor will be on a pole top pin and insulator and the neutral on a spool bolt. Both conductors will be tied in with #6AL solid tie wire. The primary conductor will be tied with a “Hot” tie and the neutral will be hand tied on the spool.

Mean Time: TBD Drop Dead Time: TBD

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URD Install

This event will consist of a single-phase riser made up complete with the hot line clamp not attached and the cutout open. This is going to a new 25kvs mini pad transformer that is partially made up except the elbow and the secondary connections. The elbow will need to be installed on the primary and secondary conductors placed onto the mini pad transformer. The secondary connector must be stripped and landed in the secondary bars. The meter that this transformer is feeding is a simulation and is pulled already.  The hot line clamp will need to be installed onto the stirrup which will be attached to the primary and cutout closed and the voltage checked at the transformer.  After the voltage is checked the time is stopped.  After the time is stopped the team must open the cutout, take the hot line clamp off, cut the elbow off, remove the secondary’s, and put the event back like it was before starting. 

Mean Time: TBD Drop Dead Time: TBD

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Rodeo Policies

  • General Rules
  • Fall Arrest Policy
  • Code of Conduct

Questions

For event-specific questions, visit the FAQs page.

For general Rodeo questions, contact Patrick O'Rourke at 202-467-2931 or [email protected].

Registration

Competitor registration for the 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will open November 6. 

If you have any questions about your registration, please contact Chris Ching at [email protected] or 202-467-2907.

If you are competing in this year's Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, please sign the Code of Conduct form by March 22. If you are competing or volunteering as a judge, general volunteer, greeter, or auditor, please sign the Liability Waiver by March 22. Note: Both forms will be provided as they become available.

Important Dates:

Registration Opens: November 6, 2018
Early Registration Deadline: February 15, 2019
Final Registration Deadline: March 8, 2019
FAQ Submission Deadline: March 8, 2019

Prices:

Item Price Before February 15 (early reg.) Price February 16 - March 8 (late reg.)
Apprentice Registration $250 $300
Team with Judge Registration $500 $550
Team without Judge Registration $600 $650
Training Course Registration (per course) $75 $100
Rodeo Banquet Table* $200 $260
Adult Banquet Ticket $50 $65
Child Banquet Ticket $15 $20
Volunteer Banquet Ticket** $20 $30

* The purchase of a Rodeo Banquet Table does not include any Banquet Tickets required for admission. Each table seats up to 8 individuals, and each person must have his/her own ticket for admission. 

** Please note that only General Volunteers must buy a Volunteer Banquet Ticket. Judges, Greeters, and Auditors are provided 1 free banquet ticket.

Competitor Registration

Competitor registration includes registration for each competitor (each team member and/or apprentice), event t-shirt, and banquet ticket. Banquet ticket includes admission to awards ceremony, dinner, and two drink tickets for each competitor. To receive the “Team with Judge” discount, each team registered should complete the accompanying Volunteer Registration form for each applicable judge.

    Training Courses

    Courses are open to journeymen and apprentice lineworkers from the Association's member utilities. Additional information about the available training courses is available at the Training Course page. 

    Banquet Purchases

    • Banquet Tables: The Association offers Rodeo participants the opportunity to reserve a table at the Rodeo Awards Banquet on Saturday night. All reserved tables will be assigned and labeled with the utility’s name. There are 8 chairs at each table, and a Table purchase does NOT include Banquet Tickets for admission. The Association strongly recommends that Table orders be placed as early as possible as quantities are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. All Banquet Tables must be reserved before the March 8th deadline. 
    • Banquet Tickets: Rodeo attendees may choose to purchase additional banquet tickets for colleagues, family, and friends. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase; as such, the Association recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Banquet tickets include a meal, two drink tickets (Adult Tickets only), a seat for the Rodeo awards ceremony, and entertainment. Note that all competitors, judges, and greeters/auditors receive a banquet ticket as a part of their event registration. Banquet tickets purchased in advance will be available at the “Sales” area during the Rodeo Registration and Expo, on-site at the Rodeo grounds in the “General Information” tent on Saturday, March 30.

    Volunteers

    There are two main options for volunteering at the Rodeo:

    1. General Volunteers
    2. Judges/Greeters/Auditors

    General Volunteers

    Provide support with tasks such as registering teams, assisting with sales, setup, and general information, and providing support on-site at the Rodeo (including parking management, helping with children's activities, assisting with sales and information stations, etc.). Participation of volunteers from the host utility, their community partners, and members of the public power community from across the country is essential to the success of this event. Volunteers are needed on Thursday March 28, Friday March 29, and Saturday March 30, 2019.
     

    Judges and Greeter/Auditors

    Judges and Greeter/Auditors are specialized volunteers.

    • Judges for the journeyman and apprentice events must have experience with linework and/or judging similar events in the past. Judges must attend a meeting at The Broadmoor in the afternoon on Friday (3/29/2019), proctor the Apprentice Written Test in the afternoon on Friday (3/29/2019) at The Broadmoor, and judge events during the Rodeo on Saturday (3/30/2019) at the Garden of the Gods. You will be required to be on the Rodeo field from 7 am to approximately 2 pm.
    • Greeter/Auditors are stationed at a specific competition event during the Rodeo on Saturday, March 30 to provide instructions to each team and/or apprentice upon arriving at that event using a script. They may also check all competitors in and out at each specific event by time-stamping their rotation schedule and confirming that their score sheet has been filled out correctly. Scripts and guidelines are provided for Greeter/Auditors. Greeters/Auditors are only needed on Saturday (3/30/2019) at the grounds in Colorado Springs, CO, but must attend a mandatory in-person meeting on Friday (3/29/2019) at The Broadmoor. This meeting gives you an opportunity to ask your event judge any questions you may have about the event in advance. You will be required to be on the Rodeo field from 7 am to approximately 2 pm.

     

    Hotel reservations will be open starting November 6, 2018 for the Association's room block at The Broadmoor. 

    More information to follow.  

     

    Hotel Reservations Alert
    Please do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Some Association members have been contacted by a third party claiming to represent the Association and offering assistance with hotel reservations. No such third party is affiliated with the Association or authorized to represent us. Attendees are encouraged to only use the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from the Association, on our conference brochures and on the Association's website for each event.

       

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where and when is the next Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo?

    April 17-18, 2020
    Kansas City Convention
    Kansas City, Missouri

    To ask the rodeo team questions, please fill out the following survey here.


    Rodeo Policies

    General Rodeo Rules 

    Fall Arrest

    Code of Conduct


    Rodeo FAQs

    Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 

     

    Apprentice Event FAQs

    Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience. 


      Journeyman Event FAQs

      Event pictures will updated once the Rodeo grounds are built. It is also possible that event descriptions and specs may be updated as well. Notification of modifications will be listed here for your convenience.