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US Open Forklift Rodeo 2009 Results & Videos

Monday, November 9, 2009

The US Open Forklift Rodeo was held in Springfield Ohio on Friday October 30 and Saturday October 31st. Contestants and fans came from around the US and even from Portugal and the UK. Judges were from around the US and UK. Over 500 safety cones were set up for the courses. Eight Yale forklifts were donated by KMH Sytems for the Rodeo. Trophies, medallions and cash prizes were awarded.

Top Gun, Eric Zumbrun, was awarded trophies, a Forklift Rodeo jacket and cash prize of $500.

The top team was from KTH Parts Industries. They were awarded a Keytroller ELECTRONIC VEHICLE SAFETY DEVICE.

Top row from the left: Juaquim Canico of Samal & Compal, Rich Reynolds of M & M Restaurant Supply, Larry Lawrence, Eric Zumbrun of KTH Parts. Bottom row from the left: Stacey Lane of DSW, Inc., Kyle Burton of NEX Transport.

Championship Division
Champion: Kyle Burton 3rd Overall / NEX Transport ‘’B’’ / East Liberty, OH / USA
1st Runner-Up : Rich Reynolds 5th Overall / M&M / Spfld, OH / USA
2nd Runner-Up: Joaqium Canico 6th Overall / Sumal+Compal / Lisbon, Portugal

Masters Division
Champion : Eric Zumbrun 1st / KTH Parts Industries / St. Paris, OH / USA
1st Runner-Up: Larry Larwance 2nd / KTH Parts Industries / St. Paris, OH / USA
2nd Runner-Up: Stacy Lane 4th / DWS, Inc / Columbus, OH / USA.

Team Competition
Champion: KTH Parts Industries Team “A” / St. Paris, OH / USA [Eric Zumbrun 1st & Larry Lawrence 2nd --- 579.58]
1st Runner-Up: NEX Transport Team “B” / East Liberty, OH / USA [Kyle Burton 3rd & David Brown 11th --- 783.52]
2nd Runner-Up: Sumol-Compal / Lisbon, Portugal [Joaquim Canico 6th & Alexandre Teixeria 10th 845.38]

2009 Overall Rodeo Champion (Top Gun by virtue of the “Shootout”)
Eric Zumbrun 1st going in to the “Shootout”; 1st at conclusion / KTH Parts Industries / St. Paris, OH / USA

Clyde Parsons Team Spirit Award
KTH Team “A” / St. Paris, OH / USA

Notes: 1) Times noted are in seconds!

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About the US Open Forklift Rodeo & Saftey Expo
Thirteen years ago the recently formed Springfield/Clark County Safety Council (SCCSC) was looking for a "showcase" event that would serve the membership. On noting that School Bus Rodeos had, for a long time, been successful in promoting school bus safety in a fun and competitive manner and that a large number of the SCCSC membership operated powered industrial trucks (forklifts, towmotors, hi-los, etc.) the Council elected to conduct its' first Forklift Safety Rodeo - the year was 1994. So, the first Rodeo took place in the summer of 1995 and the 15th is set for this coming fall (2009)!

The event, first conducted on an outdoor parking lot at the airport, was a great success! In its' third season it was taken indoors -1996 - and has been held at the Clark County Fairgrounds ever since. It has grown dramatically, gaining area, state and national recognition to the extent that it has been renamed the "U.S. Open Forklift Safety Rodeo." In reality, this event can rightly claim to be a "Forklift Rodeo World Championship" event!

The Higgins Group, Inc. is proud to be the promoter / facilitator for this SCCSC event. Historically, early on, we developed a turnkey forklift rodeo competition for a major (big three) auto maker that included all of the requirements for a regional competition. We arranged for the site, the forklifts, the competition structure, prizes, food and all of the associated logistics - the sole purpose to "promote, in a fun & competitive environment, the safe & efficient operation of powered industrial trucks" in harmony with the OSHA Standard CFR 1910.178, "Powered Industrial Trucks."

With that experience we are prepared, pursuing & seeking similar opportunities to put these unique skills & experience to use!

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