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.”
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 gilroyrodeo.com.