We are excited about this year’s Queen/Princess Competition! Participating is a great way to improve a few basic skills you will need in the future. Speaking, rodeo knowledge, interviews, horsemanship, self-presentation are all areas in which you will need strength for future jobs, college entry, and careers!
The newly-crowned Queen will receive a crown, belt buckle, sash, custom chaps and if she completes her reign, a scholarship! The queen’s job will be to organize grand entry (including music, rodeo theme, and color), carry the flag of her choice, oversee the presentation of the sponsorship flags, meet with sponsors, and make herself available for interviews and special appearances. She is THE face of West Ga Jr Rodeo and must conduct herself accordingly, including the content of her social media posts. She is to be helpful and a good example for the West Ga Jr Rodeo family, as well as to the general public. She will also head up the 2019 WGJR Youth Board. If she completes her reign and all duties associated with it, West Ga Jr Rodeo will present the queen with her scholarship at the end of her reign. West Ga Jr Rodeo has the right to revoke her queen status should we deem she is representing West Ga Jr Rodeo in a negative way. Should this happen, the first runner-up will be asked to step into the queen position.
The newly-crowned Princess will receive a crown, belt buckle, and sash. Her duties will be to assist the queen in all areas, be available for public appearances, and be prepared to step up and take over if the queen is unavailable for any reason! Our princess will be held to the same high standards as our queen, including the content of social media posts. She will be representing West Ga Jr Rodeo as an ambassador and should conduct herself accordingly.
The crowning of our new royalty will take place on the Sunday of WGJR finals. The Queen and Princess MUST be able to step in and immediately begin their duties. If the winner of either category is unable to immediately assume their duties, including all duties at finals, the first runner-up will be given the title. Thequeen/princess chosen must do their best to fulfill their duties to the best of their ability. Including special appearances and visiting possible sponsors.
Judging will begin directly after the finals rodeo performance on Saturday, October 6th. All contestants must wear blue jeans, belts, boots, cowboy hat (or helmet for riding) and a white, long-sleeved, tucked-in, western-style shirt. They may add their own splash of color via scarves, hat bands, belts, boots or jewelry. This attire is also required for the horsemanship judging. Make sure your tack and horse look good. Judges will understand that many of the horses have just finished competing in the rodeo events of the day.
Judges: There will be four judges participating in the judging of all categories of the Queen and Princess contest. In the event of a tie, the contestant with the highest horsemanship score will be the winner.
Categories: Queen Contestants Princess Contestants:
Appearance, Poise & Personality - 25 points Appearance, Poise & Personality - 25
Personal Interview - 25 points Personal Interview - 25
Rodeo/Rule Book Knowledge - 25 points Horsemanship - 50
Speech - 25 points
Horsemanship - 50 points
APPEARANCE, POISE & PERSONALITY (25) - Presentation, smile, demeanor, body language, posture, attitude, eye contact, overall appearance, and originality will all be important.
PERSONAL INTERVIEW (25) - Each contestant will have a ten-minute individual interview before the panel of judges. You will give a brief introduction of yourself to the judges. You will then be asked questions by the judges. Contestants will be judged on personality, ability to answer questions while making eye contact, self-confidence and ability to answer questions without a long thought process. This portion of the contest is closed to the public and contestants will be interviewed one at a time.
HORSEMANSHIP (50) - Contestants will be asked to complete a horsemanship pattern. You will be judged on the appearance of you and your horse, your riding ability, ability to control the horse, ability to quickly correct a situation, and ability to perform gait/lead changes, as well as the ability to be relaxed and enjoy the ride. Horses do not need to be pleasure horses. You may ride your own rodeo mount. Judges are instructed to watch the ability of the rider to handle any problem the horse throws at them. Judges will look at hands, legs, feet, seat, calmness of rider and the riders ability to quickly and efficiently correct situations that may arise.
RODEO KNOWLEDGE TEST (25)
Each contestant will be given a written test with 25 multiple choice and true/false questions covering general rodeo knowledge and the WGJR rulebook. Questions on the test could be about any rodeo event.
Contestants will be judged on the ability to speak clearly (without the excessive use of “ummm”), eye contact, posture, and general knowledge of the chosen subject. Speeches must be two to three minutes in length, no shorter and no longer. The proper use of note cards is allowed.
Speech Subjects (pick one)
Why I participate in Junior Rodeo?
If I were queen, how would I benefit West Ga Jr Rodeo?
If I could change one thing about the sport of rodeo, what would it be and why?
My hero is my hero because….
Saturday, October 6
6:00 p.m. - Queen and Princess Contestant Meeting
Contestants will draw their number for participation in the contest.
6:30 p.m. - Horsemanship Contest
All contestants must be present, saddled and dressed in appropriate attire. This portion of the contest is open to the public
Princess Personal Interview
Queen written Test
Queen Speeches and Personal Interview
Food and beverages will be available for our contestants and judges
***There is to be no talking during the written test. Parents/Adults may not be in the area during the written test. Anyone caught cheating will be immediately disqualified. The contestants are not allowed to discuss the test or the personal interviews until all contestants are finished.
Sunday, October 7
The Queen and Princess will be crowned immediately following Cowboy Church and before the year-end awards are given. Contestants must be in rodeo attire. Each contestant must choose an escort to walk with them. The escort may be a parent, sibling, relative or friend. Escorts must also be dressed in full rodeo attire. Scores will be available to contestants only. If you wish to see your scores, you may ask the Queen/Princess coordinator.