SBC locals gearing up for Gilroy Rodeo

Numerous county residents are competing.

San Benito cowboys and cowgirls will travel to Gilroy this weekend for the second annual Gilroy Rodeo. 

The rodeo returned to Gilroy in 2018 after a 60-plus-year absence. The action-packed weekend will feature tie-down roping, barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and more.

Leland King of Hollister will compete in team roping, tie-down roping, and saddle bronc riding at the rodeo. King competes on the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo rodeo team. 

“I love competing in rodeo because it’s not only the most exhilarating sport in the world, but also its the only sport that embodies the western heritage,” said King. 

Cody French of Hollister is also competing in the tie-down roping and team roping. French’s sister Kelsee was recently crowned Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2019

“I’ve been competing for as long as I can remember,” French said. “I love competing in rodeo because it’s fun and you make a lot of friends and get to travel.” 

Former Miss San Benito Rodeo 2017 and Miss Gilroy Rodeo 2019 Corissa King will pass her crown over to the next queen this weekend. Local Avrie Hubbell will be competing in the queen competition.

Other residents competing include C.J. DeForest, Emilee Hitchcock, Trista Reid, Blane Strohn, Lilla Bell and more. 

For tickets, schedule and information on the Gilroy Rodeo, visit



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.