Of all the things I’d never thought I’d learn watching Congress grill a Supreme Court nominee…
“Mutton Busting” was a topic.
Say what? Something “western” I didn’t experience in my little farm town?
(Must be ‘new’…)
has an interesting photo…
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2017 RODEO.
The Mutton Bustin’ event, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, is a crowd favorite! Little Buckaroos “cowboy up” and hold on for six exciting seconds! The audience goes wild as these young rodeo contestants take a thrilling ride under the big lights of the AT&T Center. Mutton Bustin’ takes place during every rodeo performance, excluding the Finals. The Rodeo takes place on February 9-25, 2017.
Participation is limited to boys and girls between the ages of 4-7 and weighing less than 55 lbs., at the time of competition. Entries for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Mutton Bustin’ are accepted online between September 15th and October 15th. Contestants will be randomly selected from a pool of qualified entries. Participants are notified in December each year.
THREE Additional Mutton Bustin’ Contestants will be chosen at random from three H-E-B area locations during a radio remote broadcast in the month of January. Parents may register their children for Mutton Bustin’ if they fit the above stated criteria.
OMG that has got to be a barrel of fun! Kids riding mutton… hang onto that “wool on the hoof!”.
Has a picture in it too:
Full Size available here along with attribution information.
Mutton busting is an event held at rodeos similar to bull riding or bronc riding, in which children ride or race sheep.
In the event, a sheep is held still, either in a small chute or by an adult handler while a child is placed on top in a riding position. Once the child is seated atop the sheep, the sheep is released and usually starts to run in an attempt to get the child off. Often small prizes or ribbons are given out to the children who can stay on the longest. There are no set rules for mutton busting, no national organization, and most events are organized at the local level.
The vast majority of children participating in the event fall off in less than 8 seconds. Age, height and weight restrictions on participants generally prevent injuries to the sheep, and implements such as spurs are banned from use. In most cases, children are required to wear helmets and parents are often asked to sign waivers to protect the rodeo from legal action in that event.
The practice has been documented as having been introduced to the National Western Stock Show at least by the 1980s when an event was sponsored by Nancy Stockdale Cervi, a former rodeo queen. At that event, children ages five to seven who weighed less than 55 pounds could apply, and ultimately seven contestants were selected to each ride a sheep for six seconds.
OK, 1980s. By then I was in Silicon Valley and dealing with my own kids, and no rodeo in sight. Look what I’ve been missing.
Gotta Love It!
No organization. No formal rules. Just kids, critters, parents and an audience.
Now THAT’S “Western Values”!