Daredevil children once again strapped on their cowboy boots and hard hats to play sheep wrangler at this year's Methven Rodeo.
Up to 7000 spectators turned out at the annual Mid-Canterbury event on Sunday to watch a range of activities, including bull riding, team roping and bareback riding.
The stars of the day were the plucky children who hopped on the backs of running sheep.
The event, sometimes known as "mutton busting", requires children to see how long they can hold on to the animals, with varying results.
Although several injuries were reported during the adult-only categories, St John spokesman Ian Henderson said other incidents at the rodeo were "minor things like requests for plasters".
- © Fairfax NZ News
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