Jun 26, 2011 3:14 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Maybe surfing makes good practice for hanging onto a sprinting sheep. A 6-year-old Hawaii boy was champion of the opening Mutton Bustin' in the Park Saturday. Stone Jesse of Oahu says he likes surfing and practicing jiu jitsu but has never ridden a sheep before. Mutton Bustin' is a popular rodeo event in which kids 6 and under wear miniature chaps and helmets and try to hold onto a running sheep.
Mutton Bustin' events are held every day of the Greeley Stampede rodeo and festival held each summer.
Jesse nearly fell from his 150-pound sheep, but he held strong to the sheep's side for a winning score of 88. The boy told the Greeley Tribune he "just had a tough grip."
Jesse will take home his prize, a T-shirt, when he returns home from visiting relatives near Greeley.
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