Barry Electric linemen take top honors in Linemanís Rodeo

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
From left: BEC Lineman Tim Thompson, BEC Lineman Brian Robbins, Linemanís Rodeo First Lady Teresa Parson and BEC Lineman Alan McNabb pose for a photo after Barry Electric won the first place in the Team Division at the annual Linemanís Rodeo. Contributed photo

Barry Electric Cooperative (BEC) is proud to have been represented at the Third Annual AMEC Lineman's Rodeo on Sept. 4-5.

BEC linemen were among a total of 48 linemen from nine of Missouri's electric cooperatives to compete.

The Rodeo featured individual and team competitions for apprentice and journeymen linemen, lunch both days, a banquet on Wednesday evening and the awards ceremony on Thursday.

BEC Lineman Tim Thompson, left, and Linemanís Rodeo First Lady Teresa Parson pose for a photo after Thompson took the Individual Journeyman Lineman Championship for the third year in a row. Contributed photo

Competitive events included a knowledge test, hurt-man rescue;dified pole climb, equipotential grounding and insulator change out, transformer arrestor change out, and several mystery events that were revealed only days before the event. Barry Electricís team of linemen brought home first place in the Team Division for the second year in a row. Team members included Alan McNabb, Brian Robbins and Tim Thompson.

Thompson brought home the Individual Journeyman Lineman Championship for the third year in a row, with McNabb in a close second. robbins had the best time in the hurt-man rescue and came in fifth overall.

Brayden Nelson competed in the individual apprentice events and performed very well for his first lineman rodeo.

ďThanks to Missouri's Electric Cooperatives for organizing a great event,Ē a BEC press release said.

More information about the Linemanís Rodeo may be found at: http://www.AMEC.org/content/lineman-rodeo

Cooperatives participating included: Barry Electric Cooperative, Inc., Cassville; Black River Electric Cooperative, Fredericktown; Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia; Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Inc., Troy; Laclede Electric Cooperative, Lebanon; Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative, Platte City; West Central Electric Cooperative, Higginsville; and White River Valley Electric Cooperative, Branson.