Houston Rodeo Mutton Bustin’
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the biggest rodeos in the world and, as such, has demonstrations and exhibitions from some of the best riders, ropers and cattlemen in the country. From bronco busting to calf roping and everything in between it’s all on display every year in Houston and adults as well as kids of all ages just eat it up.
Speaking of kids, a few years back the good folks who run the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo decided to try and get little kids introduced to the rodeo lifestyle early. That’s when they started their Mutton Bustin’competition, an event strictly for the littlest cowboys and cowgirls.
Just like their real-life counterparts numerous 5 and 6 year old kids are geared up, led out into the stadium and put on the back of a mutton, or what we regular folks call a sheep, where they ride them for all they’re worth. As with everything they do the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo really makes this into quite an event and something that these kids will not soon forget.
Any child who signs up for Mutton Bustin is treated like they were a Rodeo champion. From helmets and protective gear to special contest badges every little cowpoke is signed in and geared up for their adventure. Before the event starts there’s the snack table for energy and then it’s off to the ‘Grand Entry’ where they are all announced on the Reliant show floor.
Once ready, special handlers help each child to ‘mount’ their mutton and send them for the ride of their lives. The best of the bunch wins the championship and some special prizes but all of the kids get a trophy just for participating.
If you have a 5 or 6 year old that has dreams of becoming a Rodeo star or you’re just keen on seeing young kids having a blast and smiling from ear to ear make sure to get over and see Mutton Bustin’ when you’re at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It’s guaranteed to make you smile.
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