Driver Skills and Safety Training Event

Snow Plow Roadeo

Driver Skills and Safety Training Event (aka Snowplow Roadeo)
Driver Skills and Safety Training Event (aka Snowplow Roadeo)

By Chris Bouchard, Chair

The MHA held its 2018 Driver Skills and Safety Training (Snowplow Roadeo) on July 19th, at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, under great weather at a great location. This year we had the single axle truck event and a wheel loader event for the competition. We invited all of the County Highway Associations to participate in the one event to make the event larger, more competitive and build comradery amongst all of the competitor’s. MHA and County Associations have some of the best  pre trip vehicle inspectors, loader operators and snowplow drivers. All the Cities and Towns should be proud as they have trained there operators well.

I would like to thank all the Teams and the Cities and Towns that you represent for your participation. Secondly the judges and the Cities and Towns that you work for and vendors that send judges also. I would like to thank our vendor sponsors as they help us in providing the loaders and trucks we use in the events.

We traveled to the Western Snow and Ice snowplow roadeo National Finals in Loveland Colorado on September 26th – September 28th  in which the teams participated in the snowplow roadeo and wheel loader events and took some of the workshops offered at the three day event. One difference this year at the National Finals was all brand new courses for all of the events. The teams finished very well and represented Massachusetts. We did find, as there has been talk of moving the National Finals to a new location, that the home for the finals will be in Loveland, Colorado going forward.

MHA Roadeo results

Single Axle Truck:

1st place – Town of Milford, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski

2nd place – Town of Burlington, Patrick Duran and Mike Murphy

3rd place – Town of Salisbury, Chuck St. Cyr and Dave Vigneaux

 

Wheel Loader:

1st place – Town of Otis, Kyle Pettibone

2nd place – Town of Stoughton, Richard Jasmin

3rd place – Town of Shrewsbury, Chad Morin

 

National Roadeo results

 

Single Axle truck:

Town of Milford, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski finished 7th out of 47 teams and it was a 5 way tie for 7th as well.

 

Wheel Loader:

Town of Otis, Kyle Pettibone finished 34th out of 48 teams

 

Motor Grader:

Town of Granby, Dave Desrosiers finished 17th out of 40 teams. Town of Becket,

Christopher Bouchard finished 12th out of 40 teams

These teams competed against the nation’s best snow and ice operators, great job and congratulations on your accomplishments.

 

Also congratulations to the other New England teams that travel to compete as well. Maine DOT team as they finished 3rd in the single axle truck, Exeter Rhode Island as they finished 4th in the single axle truck, Exeter Rhode Island finished 8th which was a 3 way tie in the loader event at the National Finals. Great job!

 

This event would not be possible without the help and support of the MHA Board of Directors and members. Over the winter, we will be working to take this event to an even higher level and will need your help to accomplish that task.  If you would like to help, send Chris or Dave an email or give us a call and we will put you to work.

 

 

 

2017

Written by Chris Bouchard and Dave Desrosiers – Co-chairmen

MHA held its Driver Skills and Safety Training (Snowplow Roadeo) on July 26th, 2017 at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area under great weather conditions at a great location. This year, the competition included the single axle truck event and a wheel loader event. We invited all county highway associations to participate in the one event to make the event larger, more competitive and build comradery among all the competitors. We set the courses up the same way as the national finals, and removed the written test. MHA and county associations have some of the best vehicle pretrip vehicle inspectors, loader operators and snowplow drivers; your cities and towns should be proud, as they have trained you well.

MHA Roadeo results Single Axle Truck:

1st place: Town of Milford, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski
2nd place: Town of Shrewsbury, Chad Morin and Tim Beall
3rd place: Town of Dalton, Terren Vogal and Glen Davis

Wheel Loader: 1st place: Town of Shrewsbury, Chad Morin
2nd place: Town of Mendon, Paul Marvelle
3rd place: three-way tie – Town of Shrewsbury, Tim Beall; Town of Plainville, John Fernandes; and Town of Oxford, Josh Raymond

National Roadeo results:

Single Axle truck:

Town of Shrewsbury, Chris Butler and Jimmy Charzenski, finished 18th out of 45 teams Wheel Loader:
Town of Shrewsbury, Chad Morin finished 16th out of 61 teams

Motor Grader:
Town of Granby, Dave Desrosiers finished 24th out of 35 teams.
Town of Becket, Christopher Bouchard finished 1st out of 35 teams MHA

We would like to thank all the teams and the cities and towns that you represent for your participation, as well as the cities, towns and vendors that send judges. We would like to thank our vendor sponsors this year: Patriot Freightliner / Western Star and Schmidt Equipment. We traveled to the Western Snow and Ice Snowplow Roadeo National Finals in Loveland, Colorado on September 27th through 29th. The teams participated in the snowplow roadeo events and attended some of the workshops offered at the three-day event. One difference this year at the national finals was all new courses for all events. The teams representing Massachusetts finished very well. Future national finals will be held in Loveland, CO. These teams competed against the nation’s best snow and ice operators, great job and congratulations on your accomplishments. Also, congratulations to the Maine DOT team who finished 1st in the single axle truck event at the National Finals. Good job. This event would not be possible without the help and support of the MHA Board of Directors and members. Over the winter, we will be working to take this event to an even higher level and will need your help to accomplish that task. If you would like to help, send Chris or Dave an email or give us a call and we will put you to work.

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