Mutton Bustin’

Mutton Bustin’

Kids riding sheep – or mutton bustin’ – has quickly become a very popular event for kids, parents and fans. Rodeo de Santa Fe and Justin Boots provide the event that gives children a chance to try their riding skills aboard a sheep. The event will be part of the pre-rodeo entertainment beginning at 6:30 each evening before the Pro Rodeo Performance.

RDSF provides helmets and protective vests for safety, as part of the routine kids will go through before mounting up. Mutton busters often practice for weeks before the competition on the back of a parent or a see saw. During the competition, they are placed on the back of a sheep that has plenty of wool to hang on.

Riders grip with their legs and hang on with their fingers clenched tight around tufts of wool. A six-second buzzer signals when the ride is complete; however, riding for six seconds is not required. In the Justin Boots Mutton Bustin’, every child is a winner regardless of scores and will receive a belt buckle. This is a Fun event.

The event is open to children from 4 years old that weigh less than 60 pounds. An entry form must be completed and signed by parents and/or legal guardians. The forms are available prior to each performance. There will be 20 entries per each night of the rodeo to ride.

“We’re excited that mutton bustin’ will be part of the rodeo,” said Jim Butler. “It’s always a crowd pleaser – it’s a way to involve the kids, and you never know which one of those kids might grow up to be a rodeo super star.”

“Rodeo is all about the Western Lifestyle for the Family. Giving kids a chance to get in the arena and interact with the cowboys and animals is a great way to promote that.”


How Do I Enter My Child?

We will be taking entries starting May 1, 2023. Please mail your entries no later than June 8th. Mail your entry and payment to:

Rodeo de Santa Fe Mutton Busters
3237 Rodeo Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Entries after that will be accepted at the Ticket Office or the Mutton Bustin’ Table near the ticket windows each night until ful (20 riders per night)l or hand deliver to the rodeo grounds

There is a $25 non-refundable fee per youth. This does NOT include any tickets. Tickets will be available at and the Rodeo ticket windows day of rodeo. Check the Tickets page for more information about purchasing tickets.

Where does my child go to participate?

Prepaid Mutton Busters gather at the South end of arena (new this year) in the general admission seating. We have new mutton bustin’ chutes.

You must be at the southeast end of the arena by 6:15pm.

We will take Mutton Bustin entries through Saturday of rodeo until 6:00pm or until we are full.