Horsing Around ~ Beaver Creek Rodeo

When my children first caught word that we were headed to Beaver Creek to check out the Rodeo at Tracer Creek, they were, well, disappointed. My first thought: we’re in need of a little lesson on gratefulness…however, as I listened, I realized they had a bit of a point…how could we possibly just sit in the stands when an amazing Beaver Creek mountain adventure is just steps away? (Noelle was set on skiing – even packed her Obermeyer gear – which I later unpacked!)

So, I double checked with our awesome marketing adviser to make sure she thought the kids would do well hanging out at the rodeo – because it’s hard for me to accomplish my work if the kids are grumbly in all my photos, lol! She was positive we’d all have a blast…and she was right!

Boy howdy, were the kids surprised when they realized that Beaver Creek Rodeo *was* part of the mountain adventure!

We most certainly didn’t just sit in the stadium for this one. This particular rodeo was designed with children in mind. It catered to their interests – as well as their limited attention span. In the two hours, we accomplished adorable teepee tent face painting, a calf scramble, western style dining ~ thanks to Vail Valley Restaurants, snow cones, cotton candy, spectated a bit and introduced our little girl to her newest fascination…mutton bustin’!

Going into this, I had a bit of a clue as to the difficulty of mutton bustin’ – I was introduced to the sport at an early age. The difference between our four-year-old and myself is that my one, *very brief* go at it was plenty for me!

Noelle, on the other hand, had found her newest challenge – to win that trophy!

Imagine weighing approximately 35lbs, hopping on the back of a respectfully large, wooly animal corralled inside a chute – no saddle or harness – and then having the gate thrown open to let the sheep burst out into the open arena. Oh, and it had rained that day, so these little lambs were WET!

Most lil riders last just long enough for a quick photo…and the proof – her little pink boots hanging mid-air as she made a quick landing into the soggy dirt. (The sheep are very kind and careful to step over the kids…thank ewe.) It seemed to me the trauma of it all, followed by tears meant that we could check this one off her bucket list. I was wrong.

Random mentions of sheep in the car, deep thoughts on possible strategies and a new interest in the nearest rodeo…#MissionMuttonBustin’.

So, you might find our family this summer ~ chasing that dream they call rodeo.

For details on 2011 Beaver Creek Rodeo at Traer Creek: http://www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/rodeo.aspx
View my Beaver Creek Rodeo Photo Journal: http://wineglasslipper.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/horsing-around-beaver-creek/

Stay tuned for further details on our summer 2011 Beaver Creek adventure!

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