South Carolina Lineman Rodeo

The 2nd annual South Carolina Lineman’s Rodeo was held March 25-26, 2022, in Conway, South Carolina, at Horry Electric Cooperative.

Below are the winners of the 2022 rodeo:

Apprentice

Overall:

1st – Scott Smith – Horry - 491 - 25:42.41
2nd – Bryson Cooper – Horry - 486 - 28:19.20
3rd – Dawson Mishoe – Horry - 485 - 28:35.22

Obstacle:

1st – Kevin Rhode – Berkeley – 100 - 05:17.00
2nd – Stokes Brookes – Horry – 100 - 05:27.38
3rd – Robert Harrelson – Berkeley -  100 - 05:35.22

Hurtman:

1st – Kevin McHoney – Berkeley - 100 - 01:53.94
2nd – Kevin Rhode – Berkeley - 100 - 01:56.97
3rd – Robert Harrelson – Berkeley - 100 - 02:02.06

Knots, lifts, ties:

1st –  Tucker Barnes – Horry - 100 - 01:41.84
2nd –  Scott Smith – Horry - 100 - 01:46.75
3rd – Taylor Kelly – Laurens - 100 - 01:47.00

Mini Excavator:

1st –  Cole Vaught – Horry – 100 – 05:22.00
2nd – Ethan Mitchell – York – 100 - 05:23.22
3rd – Luke Lucas – York – 98 - 03:58.19

Written test:

1st – Andrew Malphrus - Palmetto - 97
2nd – Tanner Massey – Palmetto - 96
3rd – Scott Smith – Horry - 95

Journeyman

Overall:

1st – 301 Horry – 484 - 40:51.18 (Chase Cox, Matt Savage, Brandon Shelley)
2nd – 302 Berkeley- 484 - 42:37.41 (William Burbage, Mark Milovich, Corey Thomas)
3rd – 308 York – 484 - 45:20.50 (Alex Pittman, Dustin Victor, Stephen Trotter)

Hurtman:

1st –  302 Berkeley – 100 - 01:50.32 (William Burbage, Mark Milovich, Corey Thomas)
2nd – 303 Berkeley – 100 - 01:57.09 (Henry Owens, Steve Fulton, Lucas Ackerman)
3rd – 308 York – 100 02:08.93 (Alex Pittman, Dustin Victor, Stephen Trotter)

Knots, lifts, and ties:

1st – 302 Berkeley – 100 - 01:42.41 (William Burbage, Mark Milovich, Corey Thomas)
2nd – 301 Horry – 100 - 01:59.43 (Chase Cox, Matt Savage, Brandon Shelley)
3rd – 308 York – 98 - 02:16.15 (Alex Pittman, Dustin Victor, Stephen Trotter)

OCR and Bell Changeout:

1st – 302 Berkeley – 100 - 08:13.37  (William Burbage, Mark Milovich, Corey Thomas)
2nd – 301 Horry – 100 - 08:45.16 (Chase Cox, Matt Savage, Brandon Shelley)
3rd – 310 Santee – 98 - 10:41.28 (Channing Matthews, Corbitt Collins, Dustin Shady)

Double 600 Amp Disconnect Switch Changeout:

1st – 310 Santee – 96 - 20:55.53 (Channing Matthews, Corbitt Collins, Dustin Shady)
2nd – 308 York – 94 - 20:32.28  (Alex Pittman, Dustin Victor, Stephen Trotter)
3rd –  302 Berkeley – 88 – 23:00.00 (William Burbage, Mark Milovich, Corey Thomas)

Padmount TX Elbow & Insert Bushing Replacement:

1st – 301 Horry – 100 - 04:54.75 (Chase Cox, Matt Savage, Brandon Shelley)
2nd – 308 York – 98 - 05:40.68  (Alex Pittman, Dustin Victor, Stephen Trotter)
3rd – 306 Mid-Carolina – 98 - 09:28.59 (Cody Fulmer, Dalton George, Nathan Stansell)

Complete results here

The Lineman’s Rodeo is open to all electric cooperative lineman currently working for one of the 18 cooperatives that are members of the state association of co-ops. These linemen demonstrate their trade skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere, seeking bragging rights amongst their peers at this competition.

Apprentice Events: 

Master Judge:  Jason Derrick

  • Written Test – Chief Judge:  Peggy Dantzler (Test on Friday, March 25. Time and location will be announced)
  • Hurtman Rescue – Chief Judge:  David Hayes
  • Obstacle Course – Chief Judge:  Ryan Ford
  • Crossarm Lift, Knots, Wire Ties – Chief Judge:  Sean Brown
  • Mystery Event – Chief Judge: J.J. Snyder

Apprentice Entry Form

Journeyman Events:

Master Judge:  Kevin Mizzell

  • OCR and Bell Change-out – Chief Judge:  Jason Smith
  • Hurtman Rescue – Chief Judge:  Travis Renwick
  • Padmount Transformer Elbow and Insert Bushing Replacement – Chief Judge:  Micah Thompson
  • Crossarm Lift, Knots, Wire Ties – Chief Judge:  Sean Brown
  • Mystery Event – Chief Judge:  Lee Hill

Journeyman Entry Form

Our Mission 

The mission of the South Carolina Lineman’s Rodeo is to inspire a culture of safety with a focus on training while encouraging an atmosphere of competition and community among the brotherhood of South Carolina’s electric cooperative linemen. 

Rules of Eligibility

The South Carolina Lineman’s Rodeo is being held to recognize the profession of line work, as well as demonstrate the safety, skill, and education of these extraordinary men and women who, through their efforts, help provide the valuable luxury we call electricity.  Only active South Carolina electric cooperative linemen will be able to compete in this event.  Individuals who serve on the judging committee will not be allowed to compete in the Lineman’s Rodeo. 

Registration

Registration for all events, judging and volunteering are available here.

PLEASE BE PROMPT IN REGISTERING.  WE WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE APPLICANTS. 

All registrations must be completed by February 25, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.