Cowboy Bob's Dictionary

Mutton Busting


A young buckaroo gets a taste of rodeo life in the mutton busting competition at the North Star Rodeo in Effie, Minnesota. Young riders (usually pre-school age) try to hang on to a sheep for as long as possible or until an 8-second buzzer.

Mutton busting received an unexpected boost in public awareness when it was mentioned by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during his 2017 confirmation hearings.

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