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2010 Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo Recap

2010 Rodeo Recap
Download the 2010 Team and Apprentice results.

On July 29 and 30, 84 journeymen and apprentices from 14 Kentucky co-ops competed in this year's Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo. There were also 34 judges from 14 different co-ops making sure all our guys completed safely. Jackson Purchase Energy hosted this year's rodeo at their headquarters.

"The journeman tasks are really hard," says KAEC's Director of Safety and Loss Prevention Clarence Greene, "because the linemen have to wear rubber gloves to do the same work that the apprentices do in just leather gloves."

"We were delighted with the opportunity to host the rodeo," says Jackson Purchase Energy CEO Kelly Nuckols. "We found it particularly gratifying that many co-ops from the central and eastern parts of the state made the long drive to Paducah to participate. We were glad to show our fellow co-ops great western Kentucky hospitality."

2010 marked the sixth year for the Kentucky Lineman's Rodeo and the first year in which the event was held at a location other than East Kentucky Power Cooperative's training facility in Winchester.

"I'm really pleased with how the rodeo has developed into a safety education program for our outside employees," says Bill Corum, president and CEO of KAEC/UUS. "We enjoy the speed and the competition, but the focus is where it should be–on safety and learning."

Employees of electric co-ops, municipal utilities, investor-owned utilities, and even vendors served as judges. The master judge was Mike Diggs of Jackson (TN) Electric Authority.

Ten of the eleven participating co-ops provided volunteers to assist with the rodeo. KAEC safety and loss prevention employees–Clarence Greene, Kendall Bush, Bill Masey, and David White–along with Barbara Rodgers, KAEC's director of meeting coordination, coordinated the event.

 

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