Audrey Liddle named Miss San Benito Rodeo

Liddle named rodeo queen, continuing a tradition that dates back 76 years

Audrey Liddle on Saturday was announced as Miss San Benito Rodeo 2016. The announcement was made at the country tribute concert at Guerra Vineyards and Groves

Avrie Hubbell was the first runner-up in the contest, with Corissa King and Valerie Costanza named flag bearers.

The first queen contest for the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo was in 1939, when Jean Medeiros was crowned queen.

According to the Saddle Horse Show website, "The contest had charm and was very popular with participants and spectators alike. It gave the girls of the county a way to show off their horsemanship and personality."

The contest was interrupted during World War II (1942-45) and was eventually discontinued. In 1991, George Callens, president of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo, reintroduced Miss San Benito Rodeo, bringing back the tradition, heritage, and pageantry surrounding the contest and the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo.

The four members of the royalty court will make an appearance — on horses — at the annual Saddle Horse Show Parade in downtown Hollister on Thursday, June 23.

BenitoLink Staff