The Miss Rodeo USA Association is a division of the International Pro Rodeo Association. In 1966, the IPRA Board of Governors set out the basic pageant rules. The Board not only realized the importance of having a queen to represent the IPRA, but also how carefully she must be selected. Although the basic pageant rules have evolved since that time, the basic principles and concept have stayed the same. The IPRA chose to allow young ladies to participate in the competition, regardless of whether they had won a state title prior to coming to the National Pageant. Their reasoning aligned with that of the world champion competitions, which weren’t limited to only one representative per state. Consequently, neither should the competition for the “world champion” rodeo queen.
Each year rodeo queens from all over the United States come to the IPRA Convention, held during the International Finals Rodeo, to participate in the Miss Rodeo USA Pageant. All contestants are put through a rigorous judging schedule, where they are judged on personality, appearance, and horsemanship. Speeches, style shows, horsemanship patterns, written examinations, and interviews are examples of the types of events where the judges score the contestants.
Even though the judging schedule is challenging, tension of actual competition is eased by media interviews, luncheons, dinners, style shows, rodeo performances and other events planned just for fun. The contestants have historically made appearances for sponsors and at charitable organizations during the pageant week.
The 50th Miss Rodeo USA will be crowned in January 2013. The Association looks forward to making the next 50 years as memorable as the wonderful history of the Pageant and the wonderful young women who have represented both the Miss Rodeo USA Pageant and the International Pro Rodeo Association.