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Miss San Benito Rodeo

Decades of Tradition

The first Queen Contest for the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo was in 1939. It was then that Jean Medeiros was crowned Queen. The contest had charm and was very popular with participants and spectators alike. It gave the girls of the county a way to show off their horsemanship and personality. The contest was interrupted during World War II (1942-45) and was eventually discontinued. In 1991, George Callens, president of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo, reintroduced Miss San Benito Rodeo, bringing back the tradition, heritage, and pageantry surrounding the contest and the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo.

2019 Miss San Benito Bonnie Mansmith
Miss San Benito Rodeo 2019

Bonnie Mansmith

I have grown up riding horses and have competed in the Saddle Horse Show from the Lead Line class to now the Lady’s Western Horsemanship class. Over these years, I have won many different awards.  All of this has meant so much to me because I know what a great honor the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo is in my hometown.

My special interests include being on the Varsity High School Cheer Squad, as team captain. I have participated in 4-H for 12 years, during which I completed the Emerald Star project, and 4-H All Star.  I have also been very active in FFA, where I have received the green hand, chapter, and State degrees. During my time with 4-H and FFA I have shown livestock. Other organizations, I have participated in are the Circle of Friends and Rally Club.  I have enjoyed these organizations, and learned a lot while being able to give back to my community.

First Runner-Up 2019

Madeline Clarkson

I began riding at age 12 and rode English.  After two years of English riding, I began riding western and found my passion. Over the years, I have competed in many rodeo’s, but The Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo is my favorite. My favorite events are team roping and San Benito Toss. I enjoy working my horse riding in barrel races and competing in CGA events, where I have won multiple highpoint awards.  I have also competed in the local San Benito County Junior Rodeo and Santa Cruz Saddle Lites Show.

I have participated in 4-H since the age of twelve, and am a current member of the Fairview 4-H, where I am Club President.  During my time with 4-H, I have shown beef and dairy cattle at many Fairs, including the San Benito County Fair.  At the Monterey County Fair, I won the 4-H advanced beef showmanship class.  I have also helped train service dogs for Cali Pals dog training for the past 5 years.  I am currently attending my first year at West Valley College where I am a part of the orthopedic technician program.  In my spare time I enjoy working on our cattle ranch, going on vacation, hiking, surfing and spending time on our houseboat.  I also enjoy playing the piano and reading.

2017 MSBR-Flag - Kelsee French