Ram Riders

What Are Ram Riders?

Ram Riders is a great addition to an adult rodeo, an outdoor festival, a stand-alone event, or a private party. Combine the Ram Riders with a Western Festival and you will have the perfect event for children that offers a glimpse into the past when the West was still wild!

Children ages 4 to 7 years of age, weighing less than 60 pounds and no taller than 45 inches attempt to ride a sheep (mutton bustin’) for a full six seconds.  No experience necessary! Only rams are used for mutton bustin’. Due the extreme heat in Alabama the sheep raised on Double R Farm are a hardy, medium-sized, polled (hornless), white hair sheep (St. Croix and Katahdin) not heavy wool sheep; therefore, “riding harnesses” are used to allow children to grip when they ride or, if they choose, there is sufficient hair in the lion like mane around the sheep’s neck on which to hold while lying down on the sheep’s back.  

JRC takes pride in providing a family-friendly environment that handles

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Depending on the event location set-up/dismantle of the portable pen/arena and mutton chute

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Registration of riders

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Weighing and measuring each rider

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Fitting riders with safety helmets and vests

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Assistance in mounting rider on sheep and with riding techniques

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Arena assistance until the ride is complete.

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As needed promotional materials such as posters, flyers, social media, and website presence

Registration Info

  • Riders must be between 4-6 years old
  • Three-year-olds will be considered based on height, weight, and ability to ride
  • Children must be registered by their legal name
  • Only a parent or legal gaurdian may sign the entry and release forms
  • All registrants must have a signed release form before participating in any event
  • Children are registered on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no lottery drawing.
  • Registration information will be determined by the event.

Rider Requirements

  • Parent/Guardian must remain on the premises due to insurance reasons.
  • Each child will be measured/weighed and meet height/weight parameters.
  • Safety equipment (helmets and vests) are required and provided by JRC. (mouth pieces are not provided)
  • Proper footwear is required such as boots or tennis shoes.

    No open toe, open heel or open top such as flip flops, sandals, or Mary Janes allowed.  No open toe, open heel or open top such as flip flops, sandals, or Mary Janes allowed.

  • There is no dress code, however, long pants or jeans is recommended.

  • JRC reserves the right to lift-off a child who does not meet size requirements, cries, or panics (has a meltdown)

  • No ropes, spurs or other similar types of equipement are allowed.

  • JRC reserves the right to enforce any other registration Info

  • JRC reserves the right to enforce any other arena rules relevnants to a Ram Riders’ event.
  • Riders must be between 4-6 years old
  • Three-year-old children will be considered based on height, weight, and ability to ride
  • Children must be registered by their legal name
  • Only a parent/legal guardian may sign entry and release forms.
  • All registrants must have a signed release form before participating in the event.
  • Children are registered on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no lottery drawing.
  • Registration will be determined by the event.

Rules & Awards

Event Rules:

  • Riders who hang on for a full six (6) seconds recieve a judge’s score as in bull riding.
  • The highest score of the round wins.
  • If there are no 6-second rides, the rider who rode the longest wins the round.
  • Multiple performances will be permitted by the event.
  • Will be determined by the event.

Prizes & Awards:

  • Will be determined by the event.

JRC & Facility Provisions

JRC Provisions for Stand Alone Mutton Bustin’ Events:

  • Safety helmets and vests (mouth pieces not provided).
  • Portable mutton chute and pen depending on the event location.
  • Rams and mutton ridding harnesses.
  • Arena personnel to set-up and dismantle arena, assist riders, and manage registration.

Facility Requirements

  • Fifty feet wide by 150 feet long area that is clean and free from debris with either soft sand or dirt ready on arrival.
  • Access to water for sheep.
  • Depending on the event a safe, secure, cool pen with access to water for sheep to stay overnight.