2019 Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade winners revealed

Groups and individuals placed in categories like Best Commercial Float and Drill/Dance.

The San Benito County Saddle Horse Show Association recently revealed the winners of the 2019 Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade held on June 22. 

The parade kicked off a week of festivities leading up to the 86th Annual Saddle Horse & Rodeo, a three-day event at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos. The parade has been part of the San Benito Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo since the 1920s.

Judges included Jae Eade, Don Marcus, Dara Tobias, and Alice Lawellan (California State Horseman’s Association). 

The 2019 Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade winners include: 

Marching Band

First Place: San Benito High School

Second Place: Hollister Youth Band

Novelty/Specialty Unit

First Place: San Benito County Historical Society

Second Place: Mariachi Juvenil Corazon Jalisciense

Vehicle (Antique/Unique)

First Place: Pat Ricotti -Bucking Tractor

Second Place: Ag History Project


First Place: Na Haumana Hula Ohana 

Second Place: Groupo Folklorico Carisma Mexicano

Non-Commercial Float

First Place: San Benito High School

Second Place: San Benito County CattleWomen

Commercial Float

First Place: Cal Coast Machinery, Inc

Second Place: The Garden Shoppe n Bar

Hitch/Vehicle Horsedrawn

First Place: Stage Coach

Second Place: Chuck Wagon

Third Place: Mark Costa Wagon

Fancy Dressed Western Lady

First Place: Valerie Costanza

Future Horseman 8 and Under

First Place: Payton Gillians 

Plain Western Open

First Place: Corky and Kat

Mounted Group

First Place: Saddle Horse Show Queen and Court

Second Place: Gilroy Rodeo Group

Ladies Side Saddle

First Place: Charlie Alamo

Matched Pairs Open

First Place: Ashley Rivera and Friend

Vaquero/Mounted Goup

First Place: Armando Gonzalez Equestrian Team

Working Western

First Place: Wolf Remkes

Equestrian Sweepstakes 

First Place: Payton Gillians


Next year’s parade is expected to be held on June 20, 2020, at 11 a.m.


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Blaire Strohn was a popular and vivacious reporter for BenitoLink. Blaire passed away Sept. 25, 2019 after doing her best for years to heroically ignore the limitations of Cystic Fibrosis. Despite these challenges, she was a graduate student at Oklahoma State University focusing on International Agriculture. Blaire also graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Communications. Born and raised on a cow/calf operation ranch in Paicines, Blaire was passionate about the agriculture community and western way of life.