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Mutton bustin' takes center stage at City Bank Coliseum

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

It was a full house at the City Bank Coliseum Tuesday evening, where the ABC Pro Rodeo kicked off it's 70th year in Lubbock. However, the night's attraction wasn't bulls or broncs. It was 4 to 7 year olds who played rodeo contestants as they went mutton bustin'. It's like bull riding, but children ride sheep.

One by one, about a hundred little cowboys and cowgirls hopped onto their chosen sheep and busted through the shoot, all hoping for an 8 second ride. Braelyn Pointer, 7, was one of them.

"I was thinking 'I can do this, I can go 8 seconds,'" Pointer said.

Braelyn didn't make it for 8 seconds, but she was impressive. She fell off after about 4 seconds, but says the tumble didn't hurt. The little cowgirl was tough, just like the other mutton busters who took to the arena. No injuries or tears, just holding on for dear life, all hoping to hit 8 seconds. The top 30 contestants will compete in the rodeo this weekend.

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