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New Braunfels Utilities Prepares for Texas Lineman’s Rodeo

(New Braunfels, TX – July 6, 2022) Linemen across Texas are gearing up for the Texas Lineman’s Rodeo after waiting two years to compete. The COVID-19 pandemic, the winter storm of 2021, and the recovery efforts have left little time for New Braunfels Utilities and other electric utility providers to gather for the annual electric lineman skills competition.

The Texas Lineman’s Rodeo Association conducts the annual Texas Lineman’s Rodeo because it understands the importance of providing unmatched skills training for the brave men and women who keep the lights on and our communities powered for Texans and the world.

New Braunfels Utilities linemen and crews will showcase their skills against approximately 200 competing utilities during the Texas Lineman’s Rodeo on Saturday, July 16, 2022, beginning at 6:30 a.m., at GBRA’s Nolte Island Park, Seguin, Texas.

The Texas Lineman’s Rodeo will once again offer line workers’ families and friends the opportunity to witness first-hand what the job is all about. The competition begins bright and early on Saturday morning, at 6:45 a.m. Competitive events include timed events like the Pole Climb, Hurtman Rescue, Tool Inspections, and various Mystery Events. The Barbeque Cook-Off event will round out the day’s competition.

New Braunfels Utilities proudly introduces the 2022 Lineman’s Rodeo Team:

ApprenticesJourneyman TeamJudgesRodeo HelpersBarbecue Team
Garrett JonesRyan BreedingBradley DietertGus AguilarAristan Combest
Chris LynchMike HardickColton EnglekeBradley SpencerJohn Espinoza
Brenner MaggotAustin KlaernerManuel EstradaGerald Lehman
Karson PennickMichael NajeraRobert Longoria
Klayton RothrockJavier Nieto
Nate WallsmithJeremy Torres
Nick WoodsMike Vineyard
Ryan Williams

The public is welcome to attend. Cheer on our NBU team in person or keep track of their progress at throughout that day. For more information about the Lineman’s Rodeo, visit  


Apprentices: Garrett Jones, Chris Lynch, Brenner Maggot, Karson Pennick, Klayton Rothrock, Nate Wallsmith, Nick Woods, Journeyman Team: Ryan Breeding, Mike Hardick, Austin Klaerner


About New Braunfels Utilities:
Dedicated to excellence in service, New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) was established in 1942 and is one of 2,000 community-owned, nonprofit public power electric utilities in the nation. The mission of NBU is to enhance the quality of our community by providing innovative, essential services. Governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents appointed by the New Braunfels City Council, NBU is committed to being a recognized and trusted community partner, providing essential electric, water, and wastewater services. Utility revenue is invested back into the utility systems, which benefits the community. New Braunfels Utilities makes an annual transfer to the City of New Braunfels, which in turn help
s to pay for services such as fire, police, and parks. Additionally, in 2016, NBU repurposed its former16-acre warehouse site to become the Headwaters at the Comal, to serve as its conservation legacy, which will strengthen the relationship between the community and nature by showcasing the significance of the Comal Springs. Follow NBU on Facebook at, on Twitter at @nbutexas, and learn more, visit