Both the July 3rd and the July 4th Performances begin promptly at 7 pm. Check-in begins at 6:30 PM each night. Pre-registration and signed Waiver/Release Form is required. (See RULES)
The July 3rd performances are limited to 30 Mutton Busters for the 7 pm performance and 15 Mutton Busters at half time. July 4th for the 7 pm performance will be limited to 30 Mutton Busters.
Riders on July 3rd and July 4th will receive a score or a “No Time” given by the judges, based upon the judging criteria as described in the JUDGING Section. Judges have the final say.
On July 3rd, the TOP 3 RIDERS, receiving the 3 highest scores, will advance to the FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP BUCKLE BUCK-OFF to be held during half-time of the July 4th Rodeo Performance. Each of the 3 qualifying riders shall receive 2 Rodeo tickets to the July 4th performance; one for the qualified Mutton Buster and the other for his/her parent or legal guardian.
On July 4th, the TOP 3 RIDERS, receiving the 3 highest scores, will advance to the FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP BUCKLE BUCK-OFF to be held during half-time of the July 4th Rodeo Performance. Estimated time for the Buck-off is 8:45 – 9:00 pm but may change.
The 6 qualifying finalists, from the July 3rd and the July 4th competitions will compete for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Mutton Bustin’ Championship Buckles.
A brief awards ceremony will take place immediately at half time. All six finalists will be required to remain at the bucking chute area until the winners are determined. Those not qualified are okay to leave the chute waiting area. The winners will be announced and the buckles awarded.
Pre-registration is required. Entries will begin starting (Date TBD) and is based on a “first come, first serve” basis, until each night’s performance is filled.
Call (# will be added closer to the pre-registration date) to pre-register.If no answer, leave your name and a return call number.Messages will be returned in the order received.
Check-in begins at 6:30 pm on July 3rd and July 4th. The Check-In booth location has changed; All mutton bustin’ contestants and their parents/legal guardians shall go to the Rodeo Office located north of the arena, behind the Announcer’s stand.
Payment and completion of the Waiver (Release) Form is required during check-in and must be signed by contestant’s parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must be present during check-in.
The Mutton Bustin’ entry fee is $10 per rider.
Mutton Bustin’ riders must be at least 2 years old and the weight limit is 55 lbs. A scale will be on site.
Properly fitted helmets are required. We also recommend helmets with face protection and protective vests for added safety.
“Mutton”’ Ropes will be provided and placed on each sheep by the handler. Ropes to be retrieved by the arena assistants after each ride.
Up to 30 riders are allowed to compete during the 7pm Rodeo performance and 15 riders are allowed during the July 3rd halftime performance. If pre-registration entries are less than 30 contestants, additional entries may be taken prior to the start of the Mutton Bustin’ event on July 3rd or July 4th.
All Mutton Bustin’ contestants will receive a Professional Mutton Buster Certificate and a bag of candy or similar prize.
The top 10 Mutton Busters with the highest score from each night’s performance shall receive a cash award.
The top 3 Mutton Busters who score the highest from the July 3rd and the July 4th performances will advance to the FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP BUCKLE BUCK-OFF to be held during half-time of the July 4th Rodeo Performance. (See Schedule for more information.)
Judging shall be performed by the RMPRA rough stock judges using the Mutton Bustin’ Judges sheet. All decisions are final.
Scoring is based on the rider performance, not the sheep.
Riders to stay on the sheep for 6 seconds.
Higher points awarded for riding the sheep in the forward position, one-handed with the other free, not touching the sheep.
Fewer point(s) awarded for riding the sheep in the forward position, holding on with both hands out of the chute.
Fewer point(s) awarded for riding the sheep in the forward position, holding on to the sheep’s neck (hugging) or body with both hands.
Fewer point(s) awarded for riding the sheep in the reverse position.
Extra point(s) may be awarded based on riders in western attire.
Since helmets are required, no traditional western hats are allowed.
Spurs are not allowed.
In the event of a tie, the tie-breaker shall be determined by the judge placing the names in a hat and drawing out the winning name.