Fourteen KYTC equipment operators advance to regional Roadeo competition after high marks at state

Fourteen Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) equipment operators have advanced to represent Kentucky at the Southeastern Regional Equipment Operator’s Safety and Training Conference after earning high marks in a two-day, state-level competition.

The annual State Equipment Operators’ Safety and Training Conference, or Equipment “Roadeo,” is a much-anticipated safety training exercise where heavy equipment operators from 12 Department of Highways districts showcase their skills.

The Roadeo competition. (Photo provided)

Participants qualified for the state Roadeo by finishing either first or second in district-level competitions that feature seven obstacle course exercises. The top two finishers in each event now advance to the regional competition hosted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Sept. 16-19, in Raleigh.

“Our front-line crews operate heavy equipment in all weather conditions that require expert skills to perform critical maintenance activities, like plowing snow and hauling a variety of materials,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “This equipment Roadeo showcases their mastery of the trade as they practice proper equipment handling, learn best practices in safety and enjoy friendly competition with their peers statewide.”

The training and competition event was held at the Kentucky Horse Park. Operators competed in seven courses testing accuracy, agility and speed while operating heavy equipment that included graders, backhoes, single and tandem-axle dump trucks, tractors with mowers and tractor trucks with lowboy trailers. New to the Roadeo this year was the skid steer competition where participants maneuvered the small front-end loader in tight places while adjusting the blade to miss varying height obstacles.

Next year, Kentucky will be hosting crews from several states for the Southeast Regional Roadeo. “It will be a great opportunity to showcase our new Kentucky home and the KYTC employees who make us proud,” said Secretary Gray.

The competition (Day 2)(Photo provided)

A team from Department of Highways District 10, in Jackson, was the overall Roadeo champion with 265 points. The District 07 team, from Lexington, was second with 243 points. The team from District 06, in Covington, finished third with 215 points.

Individual finishers by course:

Tractor Truck with Lowboy Trailer
1st Place – Josh Garmon, Highway District 04
2nd Place – Darrell Langston, Highway District 01
3rd Place – Matthew Kirby, Highway District 10

Tandem Axle Dump Truck
1st Place – Tim Davis, Highway District 07
2nd Place – Matthew Kirby, Highway District 10
3rd Place – Charles Stevens, Highway District 10

Single Axle Dump Truck

1st Place – Jamie Watkins, Highway District 04
2nd Place – Brett Robinson, Highway District 11
3rd Place – Josh Garmon, Highway District 04

Tractor with Mower
1st Place – Chuck Ward, Highway District 10
2nd Place – Adam Matherly, Highway District 08
3rd Place – Justin O’Neal, Highway District 01

A drone view of the competition. (Photo provided)


1st Place – Joe Sharp, Highway District 08
2nd Place – Jeremiah Moyers, Highway District 09
3rd Place – Greg Dewees Jr., Highway District 11

Motor Grader

1st Place – Kyle Dezarn, Highway District 06
2nd Place – David Webster, Highway District 06
3rd Place – Dustan Drury, Highway District 07

Skid Steer

1st Place – Nicholas Howell, Highway District 03
2nd Place – Ricky Lunsford, Highway District 07
3rd Place – Paul Gripshover, Highway District 03

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