Two City Apprentices Place at 2019 Lineman's Rodeo

SEGUIN, Texas – Dustin Ortiz and Tanner Cockle put their skills to the test at the Texas Lineman’s Rodeo held Saturday, July 20 at Nolte Island Recreation Area in Seguin. They competed against and placed among more than 150 Linemen from co-ops, municipals and IOUs in events that mirrored their daily job duties.

Ortiz won 4th place overall in the Apprentice Division. He also earned a 2nd place finish in the Mystery Event – Transformer Bank competition with a time of 1:41 minutes. Cockle also placed in the Mystery Event – Transformer Bank competition. He finished in 3rd place with a time of 1:43 minutes.

Ortiz and Cockle, along with fellow City Apprentices Madison Battise, Miguel Rangel and Eli Santos, all represented Seguin at the Lineman’s Rodeo, where they competed in the Speed Climb, Apprentice Obstacle Pole, Hurt Man Rescue and two Mystery events.

The Texas Lineman’s Rodeo offers the line workers of the State of Texas a way to showcase their skills in a family-oriented, fun, safe and competitive environment. In many cases, the Rodeo is the only way for the line worker’s family to witness first-hand what their job is all about.

“The City of Seguin has been competing in the Lineman’s Rodeo since 2013, when I made it part of the Apprentice program,” said Clarence Smith, Director of Electric Utilities. “We have been waiting for this a long time, and I am very proud of all the Apprentices this year.  They all worked very hard to get to this point,” he said.

“Last year, Dustin came in at 8th place, and being this is his last year as an Apprentice, he wanted to go out winning a trophy and walking the stage,” said Smith. “He made the entire City very proud to see one of their own win 4th overall out of 122 Apprentices.”

Smith also noted that the Apprentices are looking forward to competing in October at the International Lineman Rodeo in Kansas.