RENO, Nev. (Jan. 29, 2024) — Calling all aspiring cowboys and cowgirls-in-the-making — the chance to ride into the sunset on the back of a trusty sheep is almost here. Starting Feb. 1, Reno Rodeo will be accepting applications for mutton bustin’, the wildly popular event where future cowboys and cowgirls mount their sheep, hold on tight and ride across the grand arena for as long as they can hold on.

Applications for 2024 Reno Rodeo mutton bustin’ will be open from Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. through Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. On Feb. 9 a computerized random selection will determine the lucky applicants who will receive notifications about their successful entry. Successful applicants must submit a $75 entry fee to secure their spot. Those not selected will be added to a waitlist.

New this year, mutton busters can now apply for a sponsorship to have the $75 entry fee waived by providing a 2–3 sentence response on why their child should ride for free in the 2024 Reno Rodeo. Sponsorship winners will be announced on Feb. 12.

They may be small, but they are not faint of heart! Eligible contestants must be no less than five years of age, no more than seven years of age and may not weigh more than 65 pounds as of June 20, 2024.

Visit for application and details.

The “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” returns to the Biggest Little City for the 105th year June 20–29. In addition to Mutton Bustin’, attendees can expect to see bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding and more. With 10 exciting nights of rodeo competition, the Reno Rodeo is one of the premier stops on the Pro Rodeo Tour. The action isn’t just in the competition, however. There’s also a full carnival, the Double R Marketplace, day events (many are free), a food court, the Jack tent and much more.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Reno Rodeo Association office located at the Livestock Events Center through Gate 6 off Sutro St. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also purchase tickets over the phone at 775-329-3877 x132. Limited online tickets are available at with more to be released as the event gets closer.