Once they reach a certain size, they must move on, typically to calf riding, steer riding, junior bull riding, and senior bull riding, which is eight seconds of turmoil on the back of an enraged 2,000-pound mass of muscle, horn, and hoof.
Five Minutes and a Sheep!
A rider enters the chute and gets ready for the brief (6 seconds) ride. It’s a typical rodeo scene, however in this instance the bronco is a sheep, and the rider is a young youngster between the ages of 5 and 8.
Children between the ages of 5 and 8 who weigh less than 70 pounds can ride sheep out of a chute and into the arena during the CMR Stampede Mutton Bustin’ event. Anything is possible and frequently happens as competitors hang on for as long as they can!
For this event, only online registrations are being accepted.
First come, first served registrations are accepted from July 6 through July 10, 2023.
It’s filling up at Mutton Bustin’!
After the first eighty (80), applications will be added to a waiting list. The waitlist is full.
A child must be at least 5 years old, no older than 7 years old, and no heavier than 65 pounds as of June 16th, 2022 in order to be eligible to participate.
Mamas, you’d better keep your children away from mutton busting if you don’t want them to grow up to be cowboys. Sure, that appears innocent enough, but how many cowboys actually learned how to ride in a rodeo from a sheep?
Each evening, eight aspiring young cowboys and cowgirls will have their chance to show off in the arena as they saddle their dependable sheep and head for the adventure of a lifetime!
Mutton busting: Is it cruel?
The rodeo’s “mutton busting” competition is harmful to sheep and kids alike.
The New Zealand Veterinary Association suggested that this pointless event be eliminated from the rodeo schedule throughout New Zealand years ago because the sheep were “not built to carry the weight,” according to the association.
For the same justifications, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors outlawed “mutton busting” in 2019. Legislation in other areas should do the same.
A major health danger is also present. E. coli is present in every rodeo arena. A three-year-old Texas child named “Bubba” Kirby (look him up on Google) fell off his sheep in 2010 and ate some arena dirt. He nearly passed away as a result of a two-week coma, swelling twice its usual size, and heart, lung, and kidney failure. Alert parents!
Rodeo is abhorrent to every animal welfare organization in North America because of its inherent brutality. Rodeo is primarily macho hype and has little to do with daily life on a ranch.
Rodeos are not allowed in Germany, the Netherlands, or the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Wales). Can America be so far behind?
Let’s not forget that this horrifying pandemic was HUMAN-caused, the direct outcome of our abhorrent abuse of both domestic and wild animals.
Where is the origin of mutton bustin?
The recent phenomenon of mutton busting may be the most peculiar manifestation of man vs. beast since horse diving in American sport (and parenting) history. Leave it to cattle ranchers in Colorado to create a dangerous children’s ride where little children are crushed and bucked by enraged ewes in front of their adoring parents. Consider it a rugrats’ rodeo.
Because Mutton Busting is indubitably entertaining, if this all reads like a horrible Jeff Foxworthy joke, that’s because it is. Children must weigh less than 60 pounds and be between the ages of 4 and 7. The objective is to remain mounted on the animal the longest, similar to bull riding. It also makes sense that these kids would need to hold on tight if they wanted to prevail because the average female sheep weighs 150 pounds. Most children only have a brief window of time before they all inevitably tumble to the ground. The majority of victors are young girls, who are reportedly more coordinated at that age. The best of them are able to maintain their position atop the lamb chop for at least eight seconds.
The earliest recorded events of organized mutton busting, though their beginnings are obscure, took place in the 1980s at Denver’s National Western Stock Show, where they were sponsored by former rodeo queen Nancy Stockdale Cervi. Since then, a plethora of regional events have joined the Denver event, where strict parenting meets the worst fear of a PETA activist.
Mutton Busting currently resides in a liminal space between competitive sport and county fair childcare. Could the problem of helicopter parenting be cured by these gateway gladiators? According to one mom who loved mutton, The New York Times in 2013, “Our children are learning from us that falls are inevitable. You could also lose, and that might have consequences.”
Who conceived of “mutton busting”?
It’s a muggy July night. The exhibits are crowded. You’re holding a chilly beverage in your hand. You’re on the edge of your seat when the gate guy opens the bucking chute as the rodeo announcer’s voice shouts over the loudspeaker.
A helmeted kid is clinging to the sheep’s back as 100 pounds of woolly fury surge out into the crowd.
Did you know that the world-famous Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo in Alberta is where the term “Mutton Bustin” originated? A little child is slung to the back of a sheep in the entertaining children’s activity known as “mutton bustin.” The child who hangs on the longest wins when the chute cracks and the sheep escapes!
The Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo’s creator, Jack Daines, came up with the concept because he didn’t want any kids to get hurt while attempting to ride the larger cattle. The rest is history after he brought some of the family’s sheep to the bucking chutes. Mutton Bustin’ is now a staple of halftime performances everywhere.
Would you like your kid to take part? Get in on the wooly action by attending the Daines Ranch Pro Rodeo on September 2nd, 3rd, and 4. Tickets are available at www.DainesRanch.ca, and camping is free with ticket purchase.
How can I go about Mutton Bustin’?
Rodeo cowboys and cowgirls were jokingly getting ready for the evening rodeo behind the chutes as the Rocky theme song blared from the speakers, but the REAL action was about to take place in the rodeo ring. Four young cowboys entered the Wynnewood IPRA Rodeo ring dressed in full cowboy garb. As they made their way to the arena’s center and were introduced, friends and family cheered them on. The mothers took out their smartphones and started proudly filming and photographing their little buccaneers. The moment had come for… mutton bustin’!
Children compete in the rodeo event known as “mutton bustin,” or “wooly bully,” in which they attempt to ride a sheep for eight seconds. A youngster is placed on top of a sheep that is kept motionless, typically in a chute, and is ridden like a horse or a bull. After the kid is on the sheep, the sheep is let off, and the kid grips on tightly as the young cowboy tries to buck the sheep off. Nancy Stockdale, a former rodeo queen, introduced mutton busting as a recognized rodeo sport at the National Western Stock Show in the 1980s. Mutton Bustin’ is now played at county fairs and rodeos around the country.
Every rodeo has a unique set of regulations. The competitors at the Wynnewood IPRA Rodeo in mid-July had to be 4 years of age or younger. Weight limitations weren’t in place, but if your kid wishes to participate in Mutton Bustin’, we advise contacting the rodeo and asking about their special regulations. Practice before the event is not necessary because it will be informal. All your young cowboy needs to do to be prepared to travel is put on some cowboy clothing!
After riding the sheep for eight seconds, Woody Chick, a 4-year-old cowboy from Wayne, Oklahoma, was declared the Mutton Bustin’ champion at the Wynnewood IPRA Rodeo. He enthusiastically responded, “Riding and winning!” when we asked him what his favorite aspect of the tournament was. We couldn’t agree more, Woody! As the winner, he received $25.
Which age groups are appropriate for mutton busting?
The process of “mutton busting” is straightforward: kids between the ages of 4 and 7 climb on top of a wild, woolly sheep and attempt to hang on for six seconds. Greetings from the realm of mutton busting, sometimes referred to as wool riding.
What breed of sheep are used to make mutton?
is a competition for young people who attempt to ride a sheep (also known as a ram). It is a wonderful addition to a private party, a stand-alone event, an outdoor festival, or an adult rodeo. The ideal event for kids that gives a look into the past when the West was still untamed can be created by combining the Ram Riders with a Western Festival!
Children between the ages of 4 and 8 who are under 60 pounds in weight and no taller than 45 inches attempt to ride a sheep for a whole six seconds (mutton bustin’). No prior knowledge required! Only rams are employed while busting mutton. Due to the intense heat in Alabama, the sheep raised on Double R Farm are hardy, medium-sized, polled (hornless), white hair sheep (St. Croix and Katahdin), not heavy wool sheep; as a result, “riding harnesses” are used to allow children to hold onto when they ride, or, if they prefer, there is enough hair in the lion-like mane around the sheep’s neck to hold onto while lying down on the sheep’s back.
Mutton button, what is it?
One of America’s tiniest cheeses, Mutton Button is a tiny sheep’s milk cheese that is difficult to resist. Mutton Button is barely big enough to share; it is made in upstate New York at the Old Chatham Sheepherding Co., the same farm that makes the delectable Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert.
These little white disks are the size of your thumb and index finger together, and they are around the thickness of your pinkie finger. Benoit Maillol, a cheesemaker, adds, slightly exaggerating, “Two nice tastes and it’s gone.”
I didn’t know I had just bought the most expensive cheese I’ve ever bought until I got the cheese home and paid closer attention to its price and weight. It cost about $64 per pound at $3.99 for the 1-ounce round (I’ve subsequently seen it for $3.50). Up until I considered it on a per-serving basis, I believed this was beyond reasonable. The Mutton Button actually does create an appealing and gratifying cheese entrée for two when cut in half and served with a salad — not bad for $4 worth of cheese.
Maillol claims that the cheese is too labor-intensive to be profitable even at the price. For that reason, the dairy stopped producing it early this year. However, after receiving enough customer complaints, the business resumed manufacturing. Farmstead cheese known as “Mutton Button” is produced from pasteurized milk from the dairy’s own herd. Penicillium candidum, the mold responsible for the bloomy Brie-like rind, is introduced into the milk. Molds are dipped into the vat to fill them with curds after they have formed. The small disks are lightly brined after the fresh cheeses drain overnight. Finally, they are transferred to drying and curing chambers, where they undergo daily rotation for about two weeks.
Every milk vat is unique, and as the cheeses age, they occasionally go runny and soft. The best ones, according to Maillol, are the most challenging to ship, so he sets them aside and sells them locally instead. The mutton buttons sold in the Bay Area are stiffer and have a flavorful, dense yet creamy substance. The only issue is that there isn’t a lot of it, particularly when you remove the rind. I strike a compromise by leaving some of the rind on.
Are children injured with mutton busting?
The same is true for sheep, which has alarmed animal welfare advocates ever since the 1980s, when mutton busting first arose. Giodone stated, “Kids can get wounded; sometimes arms get broken.”