Grab Some Fluff & Show Their Stuff
Wednesday, July 18th - 6:30pm
FREE event at this years fair!
Registration begins at 4:30 pm at the crows nest by the horse arena star.
Mutton Bustin' is an exciting event for the boys and girls who want to experience the excitement of riding in the rodeo arena. The dream of being a cowboy/cowgirl can be lived out in a challenging and fun atmosphere through the sport of mutton bustin'.
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 and given instruction to the proper way to secure themselves and hold on for the ride. 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. The ride is timed for 6 seconds. The cowboy/girl who holds on for the 6 seconds and has a good ride is the winner. If a child falls off they are disqualified. There is an assigned judge helping with the scoring similar to a referee at a sporting event. The winner receives a prize at the end of mutton bustin' event.
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 any sporting event especially for children, safety is of utmost importance, for example in the sports of football, baseball or hockey the proper gear for protection is strictly adhered to. This is no different in the sport of mutton bustin' the proper gear consisting of a protective helmet should be worn.
A release/waiver of liability and indemnity agreement must be signed by the parent, similar to football, baseball, etc. There is also an age restriction usually children age 5 to 7. Height restriction 42.5” to 53”. There is also a weight restriction; a child can weigh no more than of 55 lbs. This is for the safety of the sheep so they are not injured.
Click HERE for Waiver of Liability Form