Charlee Jones and her horse, Gilly, round the third barrel in the Barrel Racing event July 27, 2022. Photo by Jenna Fields.

Sports & Recreation

Bolado Park hosts 48th Gymkhana Association State Finals

Family-oriented equine event returns to San Benito County after a two year break.

Texas Longhorns led the parade down San Benito Street. Photo by John Chadwell.


The Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade celebrates Americana and Western Heritage

It's been over three years since the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade marched down the main street of Hollister.

Horses at Dreamweaver Ranch. Photo courtesy of Shelby Martin.


Local horse ranch opens its doors to evacuated animals

An ewe gives birth to three lambs during its stay.

George Rose Jr.won the Hackamore Class in 1964. Here he is accepting the award on Princess Nile. Photo courtesy Tammy Rose.


Down Memory Lane: Stars of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo

Recalling some of the well-known horses that have entertained crowds at Bolado Park.

Skippy with fellow horse Brave One. Photos by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

BackStretch Equine Rescue gives horses safety and dignity

Owner Dennis Barwick works to bring ailing ones back to health and places some with new owners.

Generations of Slash Cross Bucking horses, owned by Elliot and Emily French, at the 2018 San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. Photo by Blaire Strohn.


San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo entries open

Last day to submit application is Friday, June 14.

Kelly Martin shows boots in the Vaquero Days vendor booth in 2016. File photo


Vaquero Heritage Days in San Juan Bautista celebrates the cowboy and the culture

Event at St. Francis Retreat promotes the history of the vaquero style.

Longhorn cattle like these will be part of the parade celebrating San Benito County's history and ranching's  pastoral way of life Saturday, June 16.


Saddle Horse Show and Parade Saturday, June 16

The main street of downtown Hollister will be full of life and animals Saturday celebrating the return of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo Parade

Huston Harbert, All Round Reserve for 8 and under (left) and Gage Holzum, All Round for 8 and under (right). Photo Courtesy Jennifer Holzum.


Life at the Junior Rodeo

Competition means a long day and stiff competition for an eight year old at the San Benito County Junior Rodeo.

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San Benito Lifestyle

International equestrian event trots into the county this weekend

Vaulters from around the world competing at Gilroy Gaits facility through Sunday

Sydney Fischer competes in the junior barrel racing during the 83rd Annual San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. Photo by Sean Roney.


San Benito Rodeo Wraps up 83rd Year

Historic event remains local and provides entertainment with an educational angle

Roping and other ranch-type activities are held during extreme cowboy race.

Sports & Recreation

Cowboy race goes to the extreme

Worldwide Extreme Cowboy Race comes to Panoche Valley

Eighty percent of the competitors in gymkhana are women.


Gymkhana, racing to beat the clock

Gymkhana is an equestrian event that is all about speed. Bolado Park is hosting the championship finals this week

Wild Cow Milking Contest


Rodeo Just Around the Corner!

The San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo is coming up in June!

Judson Gerald Hamilton


Harnessing Horsepower in Hollister

History of J.G. Hamilton