Bonnie Mansmith is the 2019 Miss San Benito Rodeo after competing in the queen contest on Saturday, June 15 at the Bolado Park Event Center. Mansmith and another contestant, Madeline Clarkson, answered a series of questions on horsemanship, tack and equipment. Contestants are expected to know the early vaquero tradition of horse training. The two contestants took to the arena to be judged on horsemanship. Mansmith was crowned queen soon afterward, with Clarkson as the runner-up.
Mansmith will be officially introduced as Miss San Benito Rodeo at the Hollister Concert at Guerra Winery on June 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The 86th Annual San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo will be held at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos on June 28-30. Several horseshow-related events are scheduled throughout the week. Mansmith will make an appearance on horseback at the annual Saddle Horse Show Parade in downtown Hollister on Saturday, June 22.
The Downtown Parade is the kickoff for a week of festivities leading up to the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo.