|Mutton Busters learn rodeo craft early|
|Tuesday, 03 July 2012 15:53|
Most South Dakotans are familiar with Mutton Bustin. So if you grew up around the rodeo you can tune out for the next couple of minutes. But if you're a tourist, new to the area, or have just never really been exposed to the sport, listen up.Scott says, "I don't know where it started or when but they sure love it and they come out in droves. I mean they enter this thing and they're serious about it. As you can see by all the kids around here. All the gloves the chaps the hats and everything, they're pretty serious about it. So it's a good deal for the kids they really like it."So what exactly do you do?Trey says, "It's pretty easy you just sit on the sheep, stick your chest out chin down and it's nothing much."Landen Harwood is five years old and a two year veteran of the sport, and I asked him what the secret was to dominating.This is a sport for boys and girls starting as early as age three. Yesterday's champion at the Black Hills Round-up was Reece Reder and he says the secret to winning the event is practicing on donkeys and goats.Reece says ,"The goat kind of run kind of fast kind of like sheep."Mutton bustin' is for boys and girls but isn't for the feint of heart. Right Landen?These brave kids from across the state don't do this for the glory and they don't make any money at it, so what do our competitors risk life and limb for?"To win buckle.""You get a buckle""A buckle"Someday these kids will go on to rodeo stardom but for now they will continue to hone their skills on the back of a sheep. Landen, anything to add?