As Trenchless Technology marks its 25th anniversary in 2017, we thought it would be fun to look back at the International HDD Rodeos that we organized in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The first-of-their-kind event attracted big crowds, lots of exhibitors and sponsors and some pretty fierce and hotly contested competition from drilling crews from around globe. Here’s a look back. Enjoy!
Left: Our publisher Bernie Krzys (center) presents Martin Cherrington his Lifetime Achievement Award at Rodeo 2000. Right: A-One Utility, Jacksonville, Florida, won Rodeo 2000.
The HDD Rodeo judges were keys to the success of the event.
Top 3 crews from Rodeo 2000: (3rd place) B&W Backhoe, Sanger, Texas, (1st place) A-One Utility, Jacksonville, Florida, and (2nd place) General Excavating, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Left: How we would share daily results at the HDD Rodeos. Right: The HDD Rodeos attracted big crowds to watch the action so we built a grandstand for viewing.
Left: HDD Rodeo 2000 judges and B&W Backhoe watch as the drillhead exited. Right: HDD Rodeo 2000 judges checking out the line and grade.
Sharon M. Bueno is managing editor of Trenchless Technology.