Monday, June 8, 2015

The San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo

The SBC Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo is an iconic local event. I am very proud to be on the Board of Directors. I am very happy to say that this years event might be one of the best yet and encourage you all to come out Bolado Park, June 26-28 to watch and maybe even participate as a contestant this year.

This will be the 82nd SBC Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo. Its traditions like this event that define our community. It somewhat defines our way of life, values and those things we as a community feel are important. I feel our SBC Fair is in that same category.

Here's an excerpt from SBC Saddle Horse Association website -

"In the summer of 1929, a meeting was held in Hollister by a group composed principally of owners or managers of the larger cattle ranches of San Benito County, but including horse lovers generally. These men met for the purpose of considering the feasibility of staging a rodeo-type show in conjunction with the annual county fair.

It was recognized by those in attendance, that over the years, native, reined cow horses had been often featured in rodeo-type exhibitions in various sections of San Benito County, notably San Juan Bautista, Hollister and Panoche, and while the ventures were not financially successful, they were exceedingly popular with the residents of the county. So, first deciding that it was both desirable and feasible and that all present were willing to work for it, the next decision was that the show should feature principally the cowboy and cow horse contests, putting them on in much the same way as the California Rodeo at Salinas, but with the important distinction that it would be run, both in management and participation, by San Benito County residents exclusively. The dates for the first show were set to coincide with the last two days of the fair, September 28 and 29, 1929.

The ground allotted for use was the old river bottom, largely sand and gravel and covered with a rambling assortment of large and small willow and cottonwood trees. Men from various ranches in the county, as they could be spared, erected corrals, arena fencing and a chute from which came the steers for roping and the bucking bulls. The broncs were saddled in the open, snubbed to a gentle horse. Horses were stabled wherever room was found. Several groups built small separate corrals among the willows back of the arena. Wells were dug in the river bottom for water.

In 1930 a circular track was built to accommodate the horse races which were a popular event; also, more corrals and a second chute were added."

We need to protect this tradition and help it flourish in our community. Support it by attending, sponsoring and celebrating with your neighbors. Here is the upcoming schedule for this years events.

You can follow the Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo on Facebook at

or visit the website here -

Of note the SBC Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo Parade will be on June Thursday, June 25 @ 6:15 PM in Downtown Hollister.

I will be there, will you?


Director Westrick
Director Westrick

Future events schedule

Hollister Air Show - June 20-21 Hollister Freedom Rally - July 3-5, 2015

Street Festival - July 18, 2015

National Night Out - August 4, 2015

Hollister Red Ribbon 5K - October 10, 2015

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