|Attacking the first barrel. Photo by Debi Lander.|
Cowgirls on racing quarter horses defied gravity circling the clover-leaf of barrels trying to finish the course faster than anyone else. Given the number of farms and ranches there was a lot of action.
|Photo by Debi Lander|
|Ride 'em cowkid! Photo by Debi Lander.|
I never attended a rodeo before the one held in Sioux Falls and knew nothing about Mutton Bustin’. But, I soon learned it involved sheep that were not Mary’s little lambs.
The mutton competition involves youngsters ages 3-8 riding full grown sheep as if the animals were bucking broncos. Some might call the activity training wheels for bull riding. Whatever.
As a grandparent, I wouldn’t put one of my grandchildren on a live animal with the goal of hanging on until knocked off and possibly trampled.
|Ride 'em, maybe. Photo by Debi Lander.|
Debi's reaction: Although not many stayed on for the qualifying time, the riders were real macho cowboys and I was impressed.
Can’t say I wanna be a cowboy but I honestly enjoyed the entire event.
That pretty much sums it up for both of us.
|We had to escape the giant bass at Outdoor Classroom before hitting the road to the Badlands.|