San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo expands Mutton Bustin’ to fairgrounds

Bustin’ in the Barn will be open daily at fairgrounds

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO – In 2020, little buckaroos will have a better chance of giddying up on a sheep at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

The rodeo announced that Mutton Bustin', a fan favorite during the nightly rodeos inside the AT&T Center, will also be available in the fairgrounds.

Bustin’ in the Barn will allow more than 1,400 little cowboys and cowgirls the chance to ride a sheep, with the best riders moving on to the “wildcard performance” under the AT&T Center lights on Feb. 21.

Contestants must be between the ages of 4 and 7 and must weigh less than 55 pounds. Parents will need to pay a $35 entry fee, fill out a medical questionnaire and sign a release form, according to a news release from the rodeo.

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Reservations for Bustin’ in the Barn can be made online. For walk-ups, the first 15 contestants will be selected for performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Feb. 6-20, and the first 20 contestants will be selected during the performances on Feb. 21-23.

In order to make it into the AT&T Center on Feb. 21, a contestant must have the highest score drawn from their bracket. Scores are based on “rider personality," “sheep difficulty,” and time and distance on sheep, the rodeo states.

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Registration for Mutton Bustin’ during the rodeo inside the AT&T Center took place in the fall, and contestants were notified in December.

Those winners were randomly chosen from a pool of applications.

Still, the rodeo is hosting two more chances to apply for in-arena Mutton Bustin’ before the two-week event kicks off.

Applications can be made from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the H-E-B at 12777 Interstate 10 West, and from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at H-E-B at 4100 S. New Braunfels Ave.

For more information, visit the rodeo’s website.

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will run Feb. 6-23.

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