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Groff Tractor Holds Three Case Triple Threat Rodeos

Fri May 20, 2011 - Northeast Edition
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Mike Welsh of Stewart & Tate, York, Pa., tests his skills during the Backhoe Bronc Buster event in Mechanicsburg.
Mike Welsh of Stewart & Tate, York, Pa., tests his skills during the Backhoe Bronc Buster event in Mechanicsburg.
Mike Welsh of Stewart & Tate, York, Pa., tests his skills during the Backhoe Bronc Buster event in Mechanicsburg. Groff Tractor & Equipment’s Mike Hemphill (L) greets JJ Stefanik of Stefanik’s Next Generation Contracting Company. Bob Weismantle takes a seat in the new Case 580 Super N backhoe and is ready to watch the rodeo action in Cranberry Township. Karl Blaha of Karl Blaha Excavating & Landscape keeps his eye on the ball from the seat of this 580 Super N backhoe. (L-R): Case Construction’s Territory Sales Manager Gary Gantzert joins Groff Tractor & Equipment Vice President of Operations Jim Shook and Case Construction’s Product Specialist Jim Fox to keep track of the scoring. Steve Anskate of Next Generation Contracting goes for the dunk with this Case SV 300 skid steer loader. Anskate finished second in Cranberry Township. Mike Cherry of Cherry Excavating, Franklin, Pa., keeps a steady hand on the controls of this 721 F XT wheel loader. Allan Long (L) of Allan Long Excavating, Summerhill, Pa., finished first in Ebensburg, while Zane Lingenfelter of Zane Lingenfelter Excavating, Everett, Pa., took third place. While the grown-ups played with the big toys, the younger attendees found some toys of their own to play with. Judges keep a close eye on the skid steer portion of the competition. A contestant tries to keep a steady hand during the Backhoe Bronc Buster event. During the Skid Steer Showdown in Mechanicsburg, Andrew Kear of H.L. Wilker Inc., Lancaster, Pa., heads to the final dump simulation, which requires contestants to dump soccer balls into trash cans. The dual first place winners and second place winner in Mechanicsburg (L-R) were Mike Holtzinger, Central Penn Institute, Pleasant Gap, Pa.; Gary Gingrich, Mainline Excavating, Harrisburg, Pa.; and Mike Welsh of Stewart & Tate, York, Pa. (L-R): Mike Savastio, CEO of Groff Tractor; Jerry Nichols, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Cumberland Valley; and Jim Price, CFO of Groff Tractor pose with a ceremonial $500 check made out to Habitat for Humanity. Long-time Groff Tractor & Equipment employee Skip Tennis gives a contestant final instructions for the Skid Steer Showdown event. Craig Detraglia of Detraglia Excavating, Mechanicsburg, Pa., maneuvers around the Backhoe Bronc Buster event. Floyd Weaver, Weaver Hauling & Excavating, Shippensburg, Pa., works the controls during the Wheel Loaders Roundup in Mechanicsburg. Tina Clark of Groff Tractor keeps the leader board up to date. Mike Lester (R) of Groff Tractor smiles for a photo with door prize winner Mike Lehman of Dillsburg, Pa. Douglas Frampton of Frampton Contracting, Clarion, Pa., is excited to participate in the Case Triple Threat Rodeo. (L-R): Despite heavy rain in Cranberry Township, Groff’s welcoming committee, Renee Hill, Liza Hanyok, and Susan Woy, maintained a sunny disposition as they welcome contestants.

Groff Tractor & Equipment held three Case Triple Threat Rodeo events — one each at its facilities in Ebensburg, Mechanicsburg and Cranberry Township, April 30, May 7 and May 14, respectively.

Across the United States and Canada, Case dealerships are hosting local Triple Threat Rodeos from April to October 2011. One winner from each local rodeo and five wildcard competitors will advance to the North American Championship Event to be held at the World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas in January 2012. There, a champion will be crowned. First prize will be a 2011 Dodge Ram 2500HD pickup truck and a 2011 Case Construction TR270 compact track loader. Second and third place winners will receive a $5,000 and $2,500 CNH Capital Card, respectively.

The winning competitor at each local event will earn a trip for two to the North American Triple Threat Rodeo Championship in Las Vegas, $500 and commemorative Triple Threat Rodeo belt buckle. Local second and third place finishers receive $250 and $100, respectively; a commemorative Triple Threat Rodeo belt buckle and a chance to become one of five Wildcard entries.

For its first, second and third place winners’ sponsoring company, Groff Tractor awarded a $5,000, a $2,500 and a $1,000 rental credit, respectively, on new Case rentals.

Case’s Triple Threat Rodeo consists of three events, which use the Case N Series loader/backhoe, the F Series wheel loader and the Alpha Series skid steer:

• Backhoe Bronc Buster — the backhoe is used in a series of obstacles, which includes the use of soccer and tennis balls.

• Wheel Loader Roundup — contestants use a wheel loader to pick up various transport bars off their bases and carry/move to other areas across the event space.

• Skid Steer Showdown — a bar is attached to the bucket and the contestant must carry two soccer balls (and one floating soccer ball inside of bucket) while maneuvering around cones and through F-assemblies to the final destination, without dropping the soccer balls.

Groff Tractor’s three events were well attended. In Ebensburg, 200 attended while 49 competed; in Mechanicsburg, 300 attended, while 63 competed; and in Cranberry Township, 100 attended, while 26 competed.

The top three finishers at each location were:


First: Allan Long of Allan Long Excavating, Summerhill, Pa.

Second: Mike Ventre of Mike Ventre Excavating, Altoona, Pa.

Third: Zane Lingenfelter of Zane Lingenfelter Excavating, Everett, Pa.


First: Gary Gingrich of Mainline Excavating, Harrisburg, Pa.

First: Michael Holtzinger of Central Penn Institute, Pleasant Gap, Pa.

Second: Mike Welsh of Stewart & Tate, York, Pa.

Third: John Mills of H & H General Excavating, Spring Grove, Pa.

Cranberry Township

First: Ryan Houston of Fleming Walker, Portersville, Pa.

Second: Steve Anskate of Next Generation Contracting, Monaca, Pa.

Third: Keith Lightner of John McCullough Excavating, Rural Valley, Pa.

Local Habitat for Humanity chapters received a donation from each Case Triple Threat Rodeo event. Chapters from Blair County, Cumberland Valley and Beaver County each received $500, plus additional donations.

For the kids, who weren’t quite big enough or old enough to participate, Groff Tractor made sure they had plenty of fun activities, such as bouncy castles and photos on the Groff go-cart.

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