San Benito Lifestyle

2019 Saddle Horse Show roping in a new era

Event changes up its food and entertainment offerings.
Ohana Shave Ice Food Truck will be on location
Ohana Shave Ice Food Truck will be on location
Louie's Smokey Trail will have fresh barbeque meats.
Louie's Smokey Trail will have fresh barbeque meats.

Get your taste buds and dance moves ready, because the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo, coming June 28-30, has a new food and entertainment lineup.

“We wanted to upgrade the food experience at the horse show. The community has so many new people, and we are hoping this will attract new residents and the young crowd,” said Rebecca Wolf, board director of the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show.

Wolf said there will be a great barbeque, fair-style food, breakfast burritos and more for people who come for the eliminations and slack in the mornings. Food vendors include Jimmy’s Watering Hole from Paso Robles and We Cook for You from Chico, as well local businesses Louie’s Smokey Trail, Ohana Shave Ice, and the Hollister Rotary Club.

Food will be served outside of the grandstands this year. Rodeo attendees will receive a hand stamp to be able to bring their food back to the grandstands. Plenty of picnic tables will be available out front for those who want to come early and eat before the show.

On June 28, there will be local wine and beer tasting at the vendor tent served alongside pork/beef sliders with sweet potato fries, as well as an evening performance by local singer Martin Pulido and his George Strait-style signing. The entertainment on June 29 includes a barbeque and auction while the Aromas Quarry Boys play their fiddles and banjos. Tickets are required to attend the barbeque.

Wolf thanked Saddle Horse Show board member Jayme Stewart for her efforts in bringing all the vendors together.

“The Saddle Horse Show strives to make a better event every year,” Wolf said. “We hope the new food will be a success. It will give so much more variety for our customers.”

The 86th annual San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo takes place June 28-30. To learn more, visit or email [email protected]



Blaire Strohn

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.