Mutton Bustin’

Mutton Bustin’

Ride the Wooly Bully!

Date: March 22, 2025

Check-in Time: 1:00PM

Event Start Time: 2:00PM

Location: Cave Creek Memorial Arena

The Mutton Bustin’ event is free admission on March 22, 2025 for anyone wanting to watch the kids ride the “Wooly Bully”.

Mutton Bustin’ Finals will be held during the Final Rodeo Performance at 2:00PM, on Sunday, March 30, 2025.

Mutton Bustin’, is one of the rodeo’s most popular events and offers youngsters between the ages of 4 and 7 on the day of the event and weight (under 60 lbs) a chance to begin their own rip-roaring rodeo careers. The helmeted cowpokes have an opportunity to ride a “wooly bully” inside the rodeo arena. Here’s how it works: With a sheep readied in the “chute”, a child is set on its back – arms wrapped tightly around the neck. When the chute gate opens out comes the sheep and rider. The small cowboy/cowgirl will hold on and ride the sheep for as long as they can! Whether it’s a one second or ten second ride, these youngsters are in for a wild, exciting and memorable time. What fun!


  • Pre-Register and Pay Online. Fee: $25.00 until the limit is reached. Please print and bring the Registration and Waiver to the event.
  • Check-in Time – 1:00PM to 2:00PM.
  • The number of contestants is limited to 70 entries.
  • More questions email:

Contestant Guidelines

  • Ages: 4 – 7 on the day of the event and a weight of 60 lbs. and under,
  • Children are allowed to hold to the sheep with their hands only. NO other devices may be used, i.e. ropes or spurs.
  • Contestants must wear helmet and number provided.
  • Waiver must be signed for each child to ride.

Mutton Bustin’ Sponsored By

Kiwanis Club of Carefree