Ohio Queen Contest

2020 OQHA Queen - Graceon Ehrman

Hey there everyone!

I want to start off by introducing myself to all of you that I do not know. My name is Graceon (pronounced “Grayson” – just because I know it can be confusing) and I am the 2020 Ohio Quarter Horse Association Queen.

To say I am excited to be representing OQHA would be the understatement of the century! OQHA means so much to me and I have spent most of my weekends and summer days since I was a young girl attending OQHA and affiliate organization shows. I am so honored to wear the title of your queen, and I aim to be a friendly and welcoming face to each and every one of you at every horseshow!

With that being said, I am saddened by the uncertainty of when I will see all of you again due to the world-wide pandemic that is greatly affecting all of us. My heart yearns for a horse show - for the early mornings, the hustle and bustle (and the hurry up & wait), for the sound of an announcer echoing through the barns, even for the smell of fresh fly spray - as I’m sure yours’ all do as well. Although there is a great deal of unknown surrounding the future and when we will get to meet again as an OQHA family, I can assure you that when we make it through this together it will be all the sweeter! I encourage all of you to look this time of crisis not in a negative light but in a positive. Let’s use this time to slow down and truly take in all we have to be thankful for around us – our horses, our families & friends, and for the technology that allows us to remain in touch and hear the sound of a friendly voice whenever we want no matter the distance. Sometimes the greatest blessings we receive in this life are the ones that we do not think we want or need – maybe this is our blessing. A blessing that allows us to take a step back and realize all this wonderful life has given us!

Until we meet again very soon - stay healthy and safe, hold your loved ones near in your heart and thoughts, thank God for this amazing life and the animals we share it with, and lastly get out to the barn to perfect that piece of your horse or your horsemanship/equitation that you have been wishing to have some extra time to work on!

Xoxo,
Graceon Ehrman

History

Since 1961, a young horsewoman has been chosen each year to represent the Ohio Quarter Horse Association at equine functions throughout the state, including the OQHA Year-End Awards Banquet and affiliate horse shows, as well as competing for the title of All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen in October. The OQHA Queen serves as an ambassador of the association, encouraging membership in the association, making appearances at state and regional Quarter Horse functions, as well as visiting related open show and breed show associations to raise awareness of the OQHA and the Quarter Horse breed. The contest consists of a horsemanship ride, a written exam covering the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations and a personal interview.

Eligibility

OQHA Queen Candidates may find the Ohio Queen Contest Rules here

2021 OQHA Queen Contest

The OQHA Queen contest consists of three things: a horsemanship test, a written test and a personal interview. 

Horsemanship - 

The horsemanship ride accounts for 20% of the total score.  The horsemanship ride will be held, in conjunction with, the last scheduled quarter horse show sponsored by an OQHA affiliate.  The pattern will be released at least 24 hours prior to the day of the class.  The candidate is not required to own the horse exhibited in the horsemanship ride.  Each candidate will receive a score based on the AQHA scoring.  If multiple judges are used their scores will be averaged.

Show Date - TBD.

Written Exam - 

The written exam accounts for 40% of the total score.  The written exam consists of 50 questions on general horse knowledge, along with many questions from the AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations and OQHA Handbook. The written exam may contain true and false, multiple choice and fill in the blank questions.  Each question will be worth 2 points.  The written exam will be given on the morning of the OQHA Banquet held in February 2020.

Personal Interview - 

*In the event of a tie, the personal interview score will be used to determine the winner.  The interview has been chosen as the tie-breaker since we feel it is very important for our Ohio Queen to be well spoken in order to best represent the Ohio Quarter Horse Association.  One interview judge will be a tiebreaker judge.

Crowning during the OQHA Banquet held in February 2021. 

 

Interested Queen candidates should contact Tammy Gagliardo | 585.356.1630