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Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade Winners Announced

Winners in a variety of divisions are announced for the annual Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade.
First place winner in Dance category, Grupo Folklorico Carisma Mexicano. Photo by Rene Rodriguez.
Although they were not entered as competitors in the parade, the longhorn cattle were a big hit. Photo by Rene Rodriguez.
Taking second place in the vehicle class, Wells Fargo Wagon. Photo by Rene Rodriguez

Organizers have announced all the winners in the 2018 San Benito County Saddle Horse Show Downtown Parade held on June 16. Ribbons can be picked up at the Community Foundation for San Benito County, located at 829 San Benito Street Suite 200 in Hollister. Winners unable to pick up ribbons, can contact Rebecca at

San Benito County Horse Show and Rodeo Parade leadership wants to congratulation to all the winners and thank them for taking part in this annual event.

Photos used in this article were taken by local photographer Rene Rodriguez


Participants were judged by Millard Strohn, Jayme Stewar,t and Margie Barrios

Committee selected Best of Show in honor of Sandy Rose:

Best of Show: Pat Ricotti Bucking Tractor with Elliot French as bronc rider

Marching Band:

1st: San Benito High School Marching Band

2nd: Hollister Youth Band

Novelty/Specialty Unit:

Tie for 1st: E. Clampus Vitas Monterey Viejo 1846 and Hollister Prep School PTO

2nd: Off the Chain, Inc


1st: Santa Anita Ranch Sheep Wagon

2nd: Tiffany Ford Old Model Ts


1st: Grupo Folklorico Carisma Mexicano

2nd: San Benito Dance Academy and Foundation

Non-Commercial Float:

1st: Mexico en la Piel

Tie for 2nd:  Folklorico Juvenil de Hollister and San Benito High School ASB


Equestrian winners judged by the California State Horseman’s Association.

Mini Horse: #46 Gilroy

Future Horsemen and women, 8 yrs. and under: #10 Payton Gillians

Vehicle Class: 1st #24 Gilroy Rodeo Team, 2nd #12 Wells Fargo Stage Coach

Western Rider: 12 yrs and under: #31 Emma Kelly

Sheriff’s Posse: #18 San Benito Co. Sheriff Posse

Working Western Senior: #32 France Haaker

Fancy Dress Western Junior: #38 Elenora Latta

Best Charro Costume: #59 Herencia Mexicana

Plain Western: 1st #11 Corby Fellingham, 2nd #41 California Rodeo Salinas

Mounted Group: #02 San Benito Saddle Horse Show Queens


The Saddle Horse Show leaders said they would like to send out a big thank you to all of their sponsors, spectators, and over 100 volunteers who made this parade such a success.

"Please join us next year for the parade on June 22 at 11:00 am. We promise more excitement and colorful entries," they wrote. 

To see the full collection of Rene Rodriguez photos from the event, visit Rene Rodriguez Photography on Facebook. BenitoLink thanks Rene Rodriguez for sharing his photos of the parade.




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