Duke Energy linemen to compete in skills rodeo

Fifty-nine Duke Energy line technicians, including three from the Seymour District, will compete in the International Lineman’s Rodeo on Saturday at the National Agricultural Hall of Fame rodeo grounds in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Now in its 32nd year, the rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world competing in events that test job-related skills, according to a news release from the company.

The linemen from the Seymour District competing are Garry Hoff, Jamie Land and Chris Moscrip.

They will compete in events such as hurt-man rescues, equipment repair and pole climbs and are judged on speed, agility, technique and safety procedures.

All Duke Energy participants at the rodeo earned their spots by competing in regional competitions. The 59 line technicians, representing the company’s six-state service area, will participate in the apprentice, journeyman and senior team divisions.

An apprentice is a line worker with less than four years of utility experience, a rodeo journeyman has more than four years of utility experience and a senior journeyman must be older than 45.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. CST Saturday with individual competitors and teams vying to earn the top honors. Duke Energy tweeters @DE_SallyT and @DE_MeghanM will be sharing live updates on their Twitter feeds and on Duke Energy’s Facebook page.

Duke serves customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky and employs more than 5,000 line technicians.