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Proving Their Skills
Highlights from the 23rd Texas Lineman’s Rodeo

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    Journeymen Clayton Thompson and Michael Grisham perform a jumper change.
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    HILCO Electric Cooperative Journeyman Michael Zamzow assists in the journeyman crossarm changeout competition.
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    Apprentice Tyler Anderson works with a three-phase transformer.
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    Journeyman Kane Montgomery performs in a journeyman crossarm changeout.
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    Apprentice Zach Hillberry does the egg climb.
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    Apprentice Kennedy McFarland at the three-phase transformer event.
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    Journeymen John M. Prescott and Toby Amerson participate in the crossarm changeout event.
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    Apprentice Austin Strickland at the three-phase transformer event.
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    Journeyman Todd Anderson guides the ropes in the journeyman crossarm changeout event.
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    Journeymen Austin Seiler and Derek Allen participate in the journeyman crossarm changeout.
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    Coordinator B.J. Williams.
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    Chief Judge Lance Henkleman.
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    Jason Patton judged the hurt-man rescue event.
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    Spectators Thomas Cheek, vice president of operations, and Travis Sanders, assistant director of operations.
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    Darrell Sulak judged the crossarm changeout event.

Thirteen HILCO Electric Cooperative linemen participated in the 23rd annual Texas Lineman’s Rodeo on July 20 at Nolte Island in Seguin. Each summer, the event draws teams from utilities across Texas to compete in a variety of events that test the skills lineworkers use every day. This year’s events included the hurt-man rescue, bell change, cutout change, skill climb and tool inspection.

  • Journeymen Clayton Thompson and Michael Grisham perform a jumper change.
  • HILCO Electric Cooperative Journeyman Michael Zamzow assists in the journeyman crossarm changeout competition.
  • Apprentice Tyler Anderson works with a three-phase transformer.
  • Journeyman Kane Montgomery performs in a journeyman crossarm changeout.
  • Apprentice Zach Hillberry does the egg climb.
  • Apprentice Kennedy McFarland at the three-phase transformer event.
  • Journeymen John M. Prescott and Toby Amerson participate in the crossarm changeout event.
  • Apprentice Austin Strickland at the three-phase transformer event.
  • Journeyman Todd Anderson guides the ropes in the journeyman crossarm changeout event.
  • Journeymen Austin Seiler and Derek Allen participate in the journeyman crossarm changeout.
  • Coordinator B.J. Williams.
  • Chief Judge Lance Henkleman.
  • Jason Patton judged the hurt-man rescue event.
  • Spectators Thomas Cheek, vice president of operations, and Travis Sanders, assistant director of operations.
  • Darrell Sulak judged the crossarm changeout event.

“The Texas Lineman’s Rodeo promotes safety and teamwork,” said Thomas Cheek, vice president of operations for HILCO. “The job our linemen do to keep the lights on for our members is a dangerous one. We are proud of each of our linemen who competed this year.”

  • Journeymen Clayton Thompson and Michael Grisham perform a jumper change.
  • HILCO Electric Cooperative Journeyman Michael Zamzow assists in the journeyman crossarm changeout competition.
  • Apprentice Tyler Anderson works with a three-phase transformer.
  • Journeyman Kane Montgomery performs in a journeyman crossarm changeout.
  • Apprentice Zach Hillberry does the egg climb.
  • Apprentice Kennedy McFarland at the three-phase transformer event.
  • Journeymen John M. Prescott and Toby Amerson participate in the crossarm changeout event.
  • Apprentice Austin Strickland at the three-phase transformer event.
  • Journeyman Todd Anderson guides the ropes in the journeyman crossarm changeout event.
  • Journeymen Austin Seiler and Derek Allen participate in the journeyman crossarm changeout.
  • Coordinator B.J. Williams.
  • Chief Judge Lance Henkleman.
  • Jason Patton judged the hurt-man rescue event.
  • Spectators Thomas Cheek, vice president of operations, and Travis Sanders, assistant director of operations.
  • Darrell Sulak judged the crossarm changeout event.

Along with the HILCO linemen who competed, four co-op employees served as judges at the rodeo, and the HILCO barbecue team won first place in the chicken category.

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