Night number one of the Angelina Benefit Rodeo in Lufkin is in the books, and what a great night it was. Bull riding, barrel racing, bronc riding, and a calf scramble were just some of the great features.

As usual, the mutton-busting competition was a crowd favorite. Twelve young cowboys and cowgirls tried their best to stay on the back of a sheep as it raced down the arena floor.

Mutton Busting Recap

8-year-old Haegan Belschner started the competition with a great ride on 'Sheep Skate' that earned him 87 points. However, Raquell Buenrostro quickly took over the lead with an 89-point ride on 'Woolly Nelson'.

She kept the lead until 6-year-old Sloan Sullivan had the ride of the night, and perhaps the entire rodeo. 'Carrie Underwool' immediately sped out of the chute gate and made a beeline to the herd of sheep toward the middle of the arena floor.

Sullivan stayed squarely on the back of the sheep, perfectly balanced. Even when his sheep ran into the middle of the herd, Sloan stayed aboard and ended up performing a takedown of his sheep. That ride earned him 94 points and a championship trophy.

Other top rides of the night included Jordan Havard (81), Ayson Matthews (80), and Trail Wilkes (87).

Here are all the scores as well as the riders for all nights of the rodeo.

Wednesday, April 24

  • Haegan Belschner, Lufkin - 87
  • Raquell Buenrostro, Lufkin - 89
  • Terra Childers, Lufkin - 75
  • Perry Goodwin, Lufkin - 76
  • Jordan Havard, Lufkin - 81
  • Zayden Holmes, Lufkin - 79
  • Egypt Horace, Lufkin - 77
  • Ayson Matthews, Lufkin - 80
  • Sloan Sullivan, Lufkin - 94 **
  • Gannon Thomas, Lufkin - 73
  • Tucker Walker, Garrison - 79
  • Trail Wilkes, Lufkin - 87

Thursday, April 25

  • Caroline Alvis, Lufkin
  • Colt Ballard, Pollok
  • Hagen Barber, Lufkin
  • Jay Branter, Lufkin
  • Avery Brown, Lufkin
  • Garrett Dover, Lufkin
  • Emmy Jackson, Lufkin
  • Rhett Nerren, Huntington
  • Ella Pippin, Zavalla
  • Ashtyn Whitaker, Nacogdoches
  • Brooks Yeary, Lufkin

Friday, April 26

  • Emma Bigby, Lufkin
  • Rowdy Clowers, Zavalla
  • Gunner Matchett, Huntington
  • Hadley Merritt, Lufkin
  • Gardner Posey, Diboll
  • Emory Rains, Huntington
  • Alan Santander, Lufkin
  • Griffin Seymore, Huntington
  • Olivia Stacy, Lufkin
  • Jamason Thompson, Hudson
  • Cruz Vasquez, Lufkin
  • Evelyn Wilson, Huntington

Saturday, April 27

  • Zylan Bautista, Lufkin
  • Carson Brown, Lufkin
  • Cross Havard, Lufkin
  • Cooper Henry, Wells
  • Chloe Hunnicutt, Lufkin
  • Addison Marks, Lufkin
  • Luke Nash, Lufkin
  • Abraham Nieto, Lufkin
  • Carter Wade, Zavalla
  • Wiley Whatley, Huntington
  • Kaymi Wilson, Lufkin
  • MJ Woodson, Lufkin

Wednesday Mutton Busting 2024 Angelina Benefit Rodeo

Here are the 12 riders from the mutton-busting competition at Wednesday night's Angelina Benefit Rodeo on April 24, 2024.

Gallery Credit: Danny Merrell

Thursday Mutton Button 2024 Angelina Benefit Rodeo

Here's a look at the mutton-busting riders for April 25 at the Angelina Benefit Rodeo in Lufkin

Gallery Credit: Danny Merrell

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