Confessions of a Mutton Buster

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To kick off the New Year, many Denver residents and people from all over North America come to the National Western Stock Show at the Denver Coliseum complex.

To kick off the New Year, many Denver residents and people from all over North America come to the National Western Stock Show at the Denver Coliseum complex. The National Western Stock Show is a rodeo where locals and pro riders come to show off their skills. It’s the largest stock show in the world by number of animals and one of the largest indoor rodeos.
Every year my family and I go to a rodeo at the stock show. This year it was extra exciting to see because we had a friend, Boden “Bo” Johnson, entered in the mutton busting contest. Mutton busting is an event where kids ride sheep and try and stay on the longest. It’s like a less dangerous version of bull riding for little kids. However, it’s not 100% safe because my younger brother got trampled by the sheep when he tried it a few years ago at the High Country Rodeo in Fraser, Colorado.
In the mutton busting segment everyone gets a trophy that’s about four foot tall. There is an age and weight limit too though. You usually have to be 4-7 years old and weigh under 55 pounds. It’s not just for cowboys either, cowgirls can do it too.
To help everybody understand what mutton busting is like I interviewed my friend Bo about his experience.
Q: What did you do to prepare for the competition?
A: Nothing right before the rodeo, but I rode sheep before at other smaller rodeos in the mountains. I know how to ride a sheep.
Q: How did you feel when you were in the stadium about to ride the sheep?
A: I was happy, but a little scared that the sheep would step on me.
Q: How did you feel after your ride on the sheep?
A: Excited for my big trophy.
Q: What was your favorite part about mutton busting?
A: Getting my number, helmet, and vest….and the rodeo queens helping me get dressed.
Seems like the Bo liked the rodeo queens giving him his trophy too!