It's Roadeo Time Again!
The annual Equipment Roadeos are scheduled to begin May 16 in District 2, and finish June 18 with the state competition in District 3. All ITD employees are encouraged to participate as contestants or judges. If you are interested, contact the district coordinator (listed below with the schedule). The districts will be providing great food and refreshments throughout the day, so come out and enjoy the opportunity to meet your fellow employees.
"Come see who has it in them to take the top spots from last year’s champs-- Trent Maupin (D6) and Ty Winther (D2). The events were retooled last year to entice all employees to get involved. They will be re-shaped again for this year to test your skills and abilities.”
Participants at the ITD roadeos are judged on their ability to follow safety procedures. The national roadeos also judge the contestants on following proper safety protocols. Contestants are docked points for not wearing safety belts and/or for not maintaining three points of contact when entering or exiting the cab.
Additionally, the ITD roadeo bylaws also require participants to demonstrate safe behaviors during the events, including wearing the proper personal safety equipment (PPE).
If you are worried about participating because you don’t have a CDL or have never used the equipment, ITD Trainer & Development Program Supervisor Amanda Regnier said “There have been some questions regarding employees participating in the truck rodeo prior to their completion of the Equipment Operator Training Program (EOTP). Since the Roadeo is considered a training event in a controlled environment, all employees regardless of completion of the EOTP are welcome to participate.”