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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.

Gracie Skow
2023 Miss San Benito Rodeo Queen

Gracie Skow

Outside of rodeo, I have a wide variety of hobbies. Since the fourth grade, I have shown livestock through 4-H at the San Benito County Fair. Learning quickly, I have a strong bias for sheep. I have also played basketball since the sixth grade landing me three years of Varsity Basketball at Hollister High. I enjoy, on my free time hunting and fishing with my family, and creating realistic pencil art drawings, something I have recently fallen in love with.

From a young age, I have always been surrounded by horses. Every year I attend brandings in the winter and shipping in the summer, and still feel like I cannot get enough. Aside from the ranch work, I enjoy team roping at rodeos and jackpots carrying out an important family tradition. I am a 3rd generation team roper, and since five years old, a 3rd generation participant in the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo, something that to this day, still evokes a feeling of excitement.

River Sage Red Eagle
2023 First Runner-Up

River Sage Red Eagle

My special interests include, snow skiing in the winter, hiking, fishing, and camping in the summer. I enjoy working out and staying in shape for the High School Track Team and I am always up for a good shopping spree with Friends.

I have competed in the California High School Rodeo Association for 7 years. I have been a member and competed on the Arabian Horse Association, and I am the 2022 Reined Cow Horse Youth National Champion. I have competed at our local Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo since the age of 4.

Brooke Weitz
2023 Second Runner-Up

Brooke Weitz

I am currently a student at Monterey Peninsula College, majoring in nursing. I currently work at Hazel Hawkins Hospital as a phlebotomist, where I hope to become a full-time registered nurse to have an opportunity to serve our community. I graduated from Hollister High School with a cumulative 3.6 GPA, taking advanced, honors and AP classes during my four years. I was also an all-around athlete, participating in sports during every season; wrestling, cheer, and softball. I participated at the San Benito County Fair each year showing pigs. I currently enjoy being an active 4-H Alumni and attending our San Benito County Fair to support the up-and-coming generations.

As a first-generation horsewoman, I am extremely proud to say I have been riding horses since I was 6 years old and since then I have loved the sport of rodeo and horses. I have attended the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo since I was a little girl and began entering the Saddle Horse Show when I was in high school competing in Breakaway, Ribbon Roping, Steer Stopping and Team Roping. I also have carried flags for the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo along with the California Rodeo Salinas. I was a member of California High School Rodeo Association

District 4 where I competed in Barrel Racing. I am passionate about volunteering and one of my favorite things is being an active volunteer at Amber’s Angels, a riding academy for special needs children. I am currently an active ACTRA member, frequently attending and helping run local jackpot roping’s. I also enjoy going to brandings with my friends and family whenever I can. When I am not drawing blood at Hazel Hawkins Hospital or in the arena roping, you will find me spending quality time with my family and friends.