Each Quarter Horse Association may select one queen candidate to represent them at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. The candidate must be 18 to 25 years of age as of January 1, 2017 and not be married, divorced or a parent.
Judging will be based on the following criteria:
40% ORAL INTERVIEW
Judged by outstanding people in the field on candidate's poise, appearance and personality. Candidates will also be judged for interview based on an impromptu question and 1 minute speech at the Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening. The 1 minute speech is to be rehearsed and well-prepared by each candidate to introduce themselves to the group and tell about the association that they are representing. Points will be deducted for any contestant going over 1 minute.
40% WRITTEN TEST
Knowledge of horses and the breed. All questions will be taken from the current year’s AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations.
Judged by a panel of judges. The class will consist of performing a pattern and rail work; balance of the class at judges' discretion to prove superior horsemanship.
All candidates will be given a score in each portion of the contest that will determine the overall results. Top ten medallions will be given out, however overall results will be based on total points earned not top ten placings.
Additional awards will be presented for Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic.