Posted on September 23, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Saturday, Sep 24 at 6:31 PM
From the Ferris Wheel to the good food it’s time for the Comal County Fair. However, it wouldn’t quite be the fair without mutton bustin' and one 6-year-old is showing everyone that there are no limits.
Jaden Sloan recently qualified top 10 out of 52 for his age group of mutton bustin'.
Basically, it's bull riding for kids, but instead of holding onto a bull, they are holding onto sheep.
Jaden has won two prior championships and clearly knows what he’s doing. However, what most people don’t know about Jaden is that he was born with Nystagmus, a condition that causes his eyes to make repetitive and uncontrollable movements.
Because of that, Jaden is legally blind. However, neither Jaden nor his mom allow that to get in the way.
“I treat him just like any other child,” said Jaden’s mother, Lisa Sloan. “I want him to experience life, enjoy it and let him go.”
Jaden is a bit shy, but fearless in the rodeo ring. He says he's never scared riding sheep, and when he grows up wants to ride horses.
"The last competition he was in they held him and she spoke out and said, 'Don't you treat him like he's special, treat him like the rest of the kids,'" recalled family friend Rick Alvarez.
Jaden will be heading to Houston Monday to have eye muscle surgery. Of course, there are no guarantees.