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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.

Miss San Benito Rodeo 2018

Kelsee French

Hi, my name is Kelsee French. I am 18 years old and live in Hollister, CA. In my free time, I spend time with my friends and family, playing with my dogs, and going to the gym. Being the healthiest and happiest I can be is a goal I strive to achieve every day. I plan to attend Gavilan College to further my education to become a Physical Education teacher. In the Arena, I love competing in various rodeos, barrel races across the Central Coast, and have recently fallen in love with the Reining Cow Horse World. Two major riding goals of mine are to qualify and compete at the WCBRA finals and the NRCHA Non-Pro finals. One of my favorite things at the San Benito County Horseshow and Rodeo every year is seeing the generations come together and have a great time.

First Runner-Up 2018

Madeline Clarkson

I started 4-H at the age of twelve and I am currently an active member of Fairview 4-H where I am Vice President of my club. Through 4-H, I show both beef and dairy cattle at many fairs including our very own San Benito County Fair. My dairy cow won Supreme Dairy Cow two years in a row and I won Advanced Beef Showmanship in 2017 as well. When I’m not working with my cattle, I am helping train service dogs for Cali Pals dog training and have been for the past 4 years. I am part of the graduating class of 2018 at Ocean Grove Charter School. When I’m not at school or spending time with my animals, I enjoy spending time working on our cattle ranch, going on vacation, hiking, surfing, and spending time on our house boat. I also enjoy reading and drawing.

At the age of twelve, I began riding horses with an English trainer. After two years, I began riding western and found my passion. Over the years, I have been to many rodeos and I love watching all the events. I have gone to the Grand National Rodeo three years in a row as well as going to NFR to see the finalists compete for the championship title. The San Benito Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo is one of my favorites because it is local people from our county. I have been to our hometown rodeo every year since I moved to Hollister.

Outside of rodeo, I enjoy working with my horse and going to barrel races as well as competing in CGA where I have won highpoint award at multiple shows. I have also competed at the San Benito County Junior Rodeo and the Santa Cruz County Saddle Lites show. When I am not competing, I enjoy going to my family cattle ranch with my dad and herding cattle.

2017 MSBR-Flag - Kelsee French