Ohio Queen Contest
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.
OQHA Queen Candidates must be current members of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association, and must be ladies 18-24 years of age as of January 1st. Candidates cannot be married, divorced or a single parent. Candidates must agree not to enter any other horse breed association queen contest after being crowned and drop out of any other contests she may be entered into upon being crowned, with the exception of the All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen Contest.
2019 OQHA Queen Contest
The OQHA Queen contest consists of three things: a horsemanship test, a written test and a personal interview.
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 2019.
Personal Interview -
The personal interview accounts for 40% of the total score. There will be two or three interviewers judging you on your appearance, delivery, content, organization, and overall ability to represent OQHA. Each candidate will spend approximately 30 minutes in front of the judges panel. Each candidate will receive a score based on five criteria above (20 points for each criteria) for a total possible score of 100. The judges scores will be averaged. The personal interview will take place on the morning of the OQHA Banquet held in February 2019.
*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 2019.