Rodeo Austin kicks off with “Mutton Bustin”

Jose Ramos after his successful Mutton Bustin competition.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As South by Southwest begins, some are putting on their boots for another local event.

Rodeo Austin kicked off on Saturday, with Willie Nelson scheduled to perform Saturday night.

The performance wasn’t the only thing going on at the rodeo, as rookie cowboys and cowgirls got to try their hands at “mutton bustin”.

In mutton bustin the cowpokes tried to stay aboard a sheep as it busts out of a chute.

Jose Ramos after his successful Mutton Bustin competition.
Jose Ramos after his successful Mutton Bustin competition.

One future star wasn’t afraid of the challenge.

(Is it scary to you at all?)

“No.”

(No? What’s your favorite part?”

“That the sheep just runs. It doesn’t go slow,” said Jose Ramos, one of the young stars at the bustin.

Jose’s father gave some insight on his son’s success.

“He thought he was going to ride a bull, that’s what his mindset was going into it so he was thinking of waving up his hands and doing all that kind of stuff but right now at the end I told him you’re not riding a bull just grab on and that’s what he did. He just held on,” said Ricardo Ramos.

Each of the participants received a trophy, with the overall winner bringing home a custom belt buckle.

 

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