SMECO newsletter

volume 65 - issue 3 - march 2015

The 13th annual Gaff-n-Go Rodeo is right around the corner

The 13th annual Gaff-n-Go Rodeo will be held on March 28, 2015, at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds in Ruther Glen, Virginia. This event offers an opportunity to see SMECO linemen compete in events that test their agility, skill, and safe work practices—talents vital to the work they perform daily. This event is free to the public and provides an opportunity for members of the community to see just what it takes to be a utility lineman—skill, strength, and respect for electricity.

This will be the tenth year that SMECO linemen will compete in the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo. In 2014, the rodeo drew more than 120 participants from 19 electric utilities and contractors in seven states.

During last year's competition, SMECO linemen Scott Gagliardi, Bobby Hamilton, and Josh Reithmeyer won the top prize of Overall Journeyman Team, the C.T. Bryant Award. The team scored a total of 495.3 points with a combined time of 48 minutes, 14 seconds—17 seconds ahead of the second place team. The C.T. Bryant award, named after the original organizer of the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo, is presented to the team with the highest combination of points and times earned in the following five events: Hurt Man Rescue, Climbing Skills Demonstration, CPR with AED, 600-Amp Switch Change-out, and Cross Arm Change-out.

Competition between the different utility crews is fierce. Utility supervisors and previous rodeo contestants judge the events following very strict criteria based on correct work procedures and safety practices. The top three teams and top three apprentices receive paid entry to the International Lineman's Rodeo to be held October 17, 2015, in Bonner Springs, Kansas.

Join our linemen at the 13th Annual Gaff-n-Go Rodeo. If you would like more information on attending the Gaff-n-Go Rodeo, please visit or call 804-968-4073.