With over 200 teams and 250 apprentices, utility linemen from around the world recently took part in the National Lineman’s Rodeo, an event that has grown exponentially since it first began in 1984.

Skilled linemen from across the U.S. and various countries, including Canada and England, competed in a variety of traditional lineman tasks and skills such as pole climbing.

Several linemen from Southern California Edison (SCE) took part in the international event, representing the utility well with three first place awards.

“Our apprentices and journeymen represented Southern California Edison very well at this year's International Lineman's Rodeo,” said Ed Antillon, SCE’s DCM SE Division director. “Congratulations to all for their hard work, effort and for staying safe."

Since the early 1980s the international rodeo has focused on safety and safe work practices that provide a forum for the public to better understand the technical skills of linemen. The event also provides linemen and apprentices an opportunity to share and learn more about their craft.

The following is a list of the awards won by SCE’s linemen in this year’s international rodeo competition:

Journeyman Hurtman Rescue
Fifth Place
Josh Regalado - T&D Safety
Enoc Verdin - Redlands District - Distribution
Steve Lekvold - Menifee District - Distribution

Journeyman Pole Climb
First Place
Josh Regalado - T&D Safety
Enoc Verdin - Redlands District - Distribution
Steve Lekvold - Menifee District - Distribution

Fastest Individual Lineman
Enoc Verdin - Redlands District - Distribution
17.28 Seconds

Journeyman Overall - IOU
Third Place
Ryan Araujo - Montebello District - Distribution
Raudel Ruiz - Monrovia District - Distribution
George Murillo - Montebello District - Distribution

Journeyman Top Overall
Fifth Place
Ryan Araujo - Montebello District - Distribution
Raudel Ruiz - Monrovia District - Distribution
George Murillo - Montebello District - Distribution

Apprentice Pole Climb
First Place
Steven Escamilla - Highland - Transmission