Sign Up To Compete in Regional Rodeo Qualifiers for the 2012 Crane Operator Rodeo

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For the third year, the Crane Operator Rodeo competition returns this fall with a new twist: Operators across the country will compete in their region before heading to the final event in Orlando, Fla. The national championship will take place October 27-28 at the Ritchie Bros. Auctioneer’s facility in Davenport, Fla. Sign Up To  Compete in the Regional Rodeo Qualifying Competition.


Regional events will take place at the following qualifying centers:
Crane Institute of America—Orlando, Fla.
Empire Crane—Syracuse, N.Y.
Local 150 IUOE—Chicago, Ill.
Marco Crane —Phoenix, Ariz.
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers—Houston, Texas

Up to five regional qualifiers will receive paid travel and lodging in Orlando to compete for the coveted National Champion award.


A number of industry groups are supporting the event, including:
• Event Partner CIC, which is designing and overseeing the competition standards;
• Crane Sponsor Liebherr, which is supplying the 70-ton LTR 1060 telescopic crawler crane for the Crane Operator Rodeo finals;
• Rigging Sponsor The Crosby Group, which is the official rigging supplier for the event; and
• Award Sponsor Manitowoc.


The National Champion will receive $1,000 cash, a one-of-a-kind hand tooled Western belt buckle, a one-of-a-kind leather bomber jacket, a die-cast crane model, VIP treatment at the next ConExpo, and other considerations. The winner will also appear on the cover of the Rodeo supplement.

First runner-up at the national competition will receive $500 cash plus an award jacket, a die-cast crane model, and other prizes and considerations.

The second runner-up will receive $250 cash, an award jacket, a die-cast crane model, and other prizes.

Registration to compete in a regional qualifying event in your area is just a $30 donation to a charity selected by the regional qualifying center. Sign up today!