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2019 Lineman’s Rodeo

The Lineman’s Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the state to compete in events based on traditional lineman tasks and skills. The first Kentucky Lineman’s Rodeo was held in August 2005, with nearly 70 linemen competing. The Rodeo has grown to over 200 teams and 250 apprentices.

The 2019 Kentucky Lineman’s Rodeo registration information for teams, apprentices, judges and vendors will be posted below.


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Participants are expected to report to an event at the given time, ready to compete. Failure to report to an event on time will result in an automatic 2-point deduction for that event.

Consideration will be given if the participant is late due to injury or if their previous event ran long and that event judge can verify. Additionaly, participants will not be allowed to complete an event prior to their given time.

The Rodeo Committee voted to have all named events this year. If you have a question about one of these events please contact the person listed beside that event as they will be able to provide you with the best answer.

Teams must be made up of three participants. When checking in at each event, the team will designate two climbers and a ground-man. This combination can change from event to event, but not during the event. An apprentice can compete on a team as both a climber or a groundman. A team may consist of all apprentice lineman. The following events are for teams.

The following events are for Seniors, Individuals and Apprentice competing in the 2019 Lineman’s Rodeo. 

Equipment – Each contestant needs to bring the following tools: 

  • Hooks
  • Fall Arrest device
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Tool bucket
  • Extendo stick
  • Handline
  • Grip (minimum 2)
  • Lone sleeve shirt
  • Hand tools
  • 20 kv rubber gloves / protectors & rubber sleeves
  • Work gloves (leather or mechanic style)
  • 8′ shotgun stick
  • Hot hoist (minimum 2)
  • 8′ 1/0 ground chain (minimum 6)

NOTE: Buckingham ox-blocks may be used with handlines. The Buckingham ox-hook, orange Bashlin “rodeo” hooks, or any OSHA approved handline hook may be used. “Bullheads” or other extendo stick heads/ fingers may be used. Homemade or “altered” attachments will not be allowed.