Two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Benette Little, Ardmore, Okla., didn’t disappoint the Fort Worth rodeo crowd as she served as the first of 14 representatives from the WPRA’s elite 2012 top 15 who will eventually compete at the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show Rodeo. Little posted a 16.74 aboard her "wired for sound" sorrel stallion, JL Dash Ta Heaven, to take the lead in the long go round.


As Little dismounted after her run she said, “that was fun.” Neither horse nor rider showed any signs of being tired from competing in at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. on Thursday and arriving home at 3:30 a.m. Friday morning only to leave 12 hours later for the much shorter 2-hour haul to Fort Worth. “I’m sitting fourth in the average at Denver, so if I make it back to the Short Go we’ll head back tomorrow. But he’ll have one night in his own stall at the ranch and he seems to rest better there.”

Times from performance #2 were:  Little, 16.74; Gretchen Benbenek, 16.97; Shelly Anzick, 17.10;  Pollie Madden, 17.15; Chloe Hoovestal, 17.33; Lauren Underwood, 17.57; Alexa Lake, 21.69; Natalie Tippen, 22.65; Jill Freeman, 27.01; and Gina Suick, NT.