Westwood kindergartner wins mutton-bustin’ competition at the HLSR

Daxton benson

Westwood Elementary kindergartner Daxton Benson made his first mutton-bustin’ appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 5. Despite it being – quite literally – the five-year-old’s “first rodeo,” he made riding the sheep look easy and took home the win.

“I tried to hold on as tight as I could for as long as I could,” Benson said. “I knew I was going to win because I’m small.”

His strategy worked and his efforts were rewarded with something Benson seems to love very much.

“I won a belt buckle,” Benson said as he tapped his belt. “It was awesomeeeeeee.”

After his win, he participated in an interview in front of the tens-of-thousands of spectators.

The interviewer asked him about how he stayed on so long, to which he replied, ” I had stuff on my hands and it was like glue.”

She also asked if he had practiced for the event. Unlike some of the other participants who had trained by “riding on a parent’s back,” Benson had not practiced at all for the event. In fact, he said he had never even been around a sheep before; he’s just a natural.

Last, the interviewer asked Benson what he wants to be when he grows up.

“Police officer!” he exclaimed.

An additional feat he said he wants to conquer in the future is riding a bull. No matter what Benson tries, Friendswood ISD is confident this young cowboy can do anything he puts his mind to.