Kids must be present so they can have their photo taken.
It’s not all about big tough cowboys riding bulls and broncs… some of the fiercest competitors are the youngsters that participate in one of rodeo’s most beloved traditions: mutton busting.
To be a mutton buster, a kid has to be between the ages of 4-6 and 70 lbs. or less. Parents sign a waiver to let their children participate and kids wear protective helmets and vests.
Just like the regular rodeo, the sheep – with names like “Woolly Booger and Baaaad to the Bone” – are loaded into a chute. Kids straddle the sheep and when the sheep is released, the kids try to hang on as long as they can… but it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Every mutton buster receives a trophy, tee shirt, and a back pack and the top three from each of the first three nights come back for the Championship round on Saturday night. Up for grabs: a beautiful Montana Silversmiths trophy belt buckle, just like the cowboys wear, and of course… fame and recognition!