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California Rodeo is taking Entries for Mutton Busting Event

Drawing will take place June 12th to Determine Participants

Mutton Busting is one of the most popular events that takes place on the track during the California Rodeo Salinas. The event involves children ages 4-7 riding sheep for as long as they can stay on with the longest ride winning. The child, wearing a helmet and protective vest*, mounts the sheep in a small chute and hangs on tight when the gate opens. The California Rodeo takes place July 16-19 with three short rounds of Mutton Busting taking place, one on the 16th, one on the 17th and one on the 18th; the top 3 contestants with the best rides from each day come back on Sunday July 19th to compete in the long, or championship, round for a belt buckle. The Mutton Busting event is sponsored by the Laurel Inn Motel & Conference Center.


Due to the overwhelming popularity of this event, entry forms must be received by Friday June 12th to be included in the random drawing for contestants. If you are drawn, a $25.00 entry fee is due which will include a DVD of all of the Mutton Busting rides over the four days of competition. Children must weigh 60 pounds or less and be between 4 and 7 years old at the time they ride. Entry forms can be found online at the link below or at the California Rodeo Salinas Office at 1034 N. Main Street in Salinas. Call 831-775-3100 with any questions.


Click here to download the Mutton Busting Entry Form:


*The vest and helmet are provided by the California Rodeo Salinas and must be worn during competition (no exceptions).

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About the California Rodeo

The California Rodeo Salinas will take place July 16-19, 2015. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns between $200,000 and $300,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.

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