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Mutton Bustin’, knot tying and ranch bronc riding on tap


For the first time, the Clay County Pioneer Association will host a mutton bustin’ competition during the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances of the Pioneer Reunion Rodeo.

The mutton bustin’ will be limited to the first 10 competitors to sign up each night. Participants will meet at 6:15 p.m. at the old rodeo office, located north of the front gates.

To participate, riders must be 6 years or under, and weigh 50 pounds or less. Riders must have a helmet and parents or guardians are required to sign a release form. A parent or guardian is required to stay with each child.

The winner of each night’s event will receive a buckle.

Cowboys will compete each night in ranch bronc riding. The event pays three places. Ranch bronc differs from saddle bronc competition in that it is “ride as ride can.”

On Friday afternoon, local cowboys are invited to participate in a knot tying competition. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. at Tex Rickard Arena, and is limited to three-man teams. Entry fee is $20 per man, per team, and will be taken in the arena before the event. The fee must be paid at the time of entry.

The event has a three-loop, “rope as can” limit. The event will have chute run and square knots are required.

For more information on any of the above events, contact the rodeo office at (940) 538-5111.


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