According to a news release, a number of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative linemen competed in the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo, May 10 and 11 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.
The rodeo is the only competition of its type in the Mid-Atlantic region, the news release said. The rodeo attracts the best linemen from the East Coast, who get to demonstrate their technical skills as they perform a variety of designated electric line-work tasks. Their performances are timed and scored, with safe work practices the most important factor in judging. This year, three Journeymen and two Apprentice linemen from Central Virginia Electric Cooperative competed against more than 150 talented lineworkers from six states to show off their skills.
The CVEC Journeyman team, comprised of Jimmy Wilmoth, Steven Matney, and Dustin Foley took first place in the Hurt Man Rescue event and took second in both the Capacitor Change Out and Truck Hurt Man Rescue Events. Apprentice lineman, Billy Cascio, placed first in the individual apprentice Hurt Man Rescue event and third in the climbing skills event. Apprentice lineman, Blaine Cunningham participated at the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo for the first time this year.
Linemen Matt Wilbun and Brute Gardner, and Training & Safety Specialist Randy Golladay served as volunteer judges for this year’s event, while Lineman T.R. Eubank served as Rodeo Coach for the CVEC competitors. Retired CVEC employee C.T. Bryant continues to co-chair the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo Working Group.
“Keeping the lights on for our members is a dangerous job for our linemen,” said Gary Wood, CVEC’s president and CEO in a news release. “We are proud to support an event that promotes the safety and teamwork so critical to this profession, and delighted that our linemen did so well in this year’s competition.”
For complete results and photos from this year’s event, visit www.gaff-n-go.com.