A few days before going to the rodeo, we mentioned the Mutton Bustin' event to Ian. We never in a million years would've guessed that our cautious little boy would jump at the chance to ride a crazy sheep. But, he sure did ...even after seeing the arena and other 5- and 6-year-olds getting thrown off their sheep! (We made him watch the event before waiting in the 1.5-hour line! Only 20 or so children can compete each round, and they are weighed to make sure they are between 50-55 pounds.) We were proud that he wanted to try it (especially since it really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience), though Kim started to have second thoughts about what we had agreed to let him do when Ian had to put on all of his protective gear. :) It was really neat that a little girl from Ian's kindergarten class also happened to be in line at the same time, so they were in the same show together!
|the mutton bustin' arena|
We don't have any pictures of him on his sheep -- who was named "Toddler Tosser." Unfortunately, our video isn't uploading properly either. Next time you see us, please ask if you'd like to see the video ... it's hilarious! The announcers introduce each rider and give some basic stats (like saying that Ian's favorite rodeo event is the tractor pull). Ian held onto the sheep's fur successfully for about four seconds (halfway across the arena) before the sheep veered toward the side and jumped, knocking Ian off. He had a little scrape on his side from getting dragged a bit, which he was pretty proud to show off. They even give the riders a score (Ian's was 88), but I have no idea how they really determine this. Ian was also quite proud of the ribbon that he and all of the other 19 or so participants got at the end.
Ryan and Momma went to the petting zoo during part of the time that Daddy and Ian (and Nathan) waited in line.
At the end of the exhibit, the boys "sold" all of their goods in exchange for two pretend dollars -- one to give to the "bank,"and one to spend on a treat to eat. How fun!
We were all definitely too tired to stay for any of the concert afterward (plus we weren't sure how age-appropriate it would be for our boys :)), so we headed home! What a wonderful family outing!