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2023 Sheridan WYO Rodeo Royalty Contest


July 6th Personal Interviews - Fulmer Public Library

July 6th  Horsemanship - College Arena 

July 7th Dress rehearsal - WYO Theater

July 7th Stage Presentations/Pageant - WYO Theater

July 7th Queen's Social - WYO Theater

July 7th Coronation - WYO Theater

If you are interested in competing please email with your name and contact info to:

Contestant application & fee (see below) are due: June 20, 2023 (see above message)

Photos and commentary card are due: June 24, 2023


Application packets are up to date! 

Contestants are judged on Personality, Horsemanship, and Appearance.

Horsemanship is worth 50%.  Appearance and Personality are worth 50%.  



  • Attractiveness - This should also include inner beauty

  • Grooming - Neatness, and cleanliness in every detail, such as complexion, hands, hair, hats, boots, etc.

  • Photogenic - Judges will have photos to study of each contestant.  A young lady’s strength of character and personality is reflected strongly in a wholesome appearance.

  • Poise and posture - Lady-like behavior in every situation.

  • Knowledge of proper western attire - Contestants should be aware of current western trends and what is a fashionable western dress, with particular attention given to color coordination (how the use of various color combinations can enhance the appearance and eye appeal). This is not a clothing contest.  It is not necessary to invest in an excessive amount of expensive clothing.  Judges will be looking for versatility, imagination, how a contestant’s clothes fit and how they suit her personality.      


  • Intelligence-Good common sense

  • Education-Conversational ability in rodeo and other areas, with special emphasis on grammar and enunciation.

  • Attractiveness-Not necessarily meaning beauty, but rather should note whether the contestant radiates self-confidence without making an issue out of it. She should also show maturity, high moral standards, sincerity, and integrity.

  • Personality reflections-To include the contestant’s style of attire, overall appearance, magnetism, and eye appeal.

  • Genuine interest in other people, the pageant, and in rodeo, and a noticeable consideration of others.   

  • Self projection-Ability to project one’s personality, whether it is from horseback in an arena, on television, or before an audience. Also to be considered are a sense of humor, showmanship, ambition, desire, and enthusiasm.     

  • Happy outlook on life in general.

  • Promptness in keeping pageant schedule.

  • Public appearance-Includes public appearances of contestants where they will be asked to answer impromptu questions, speak and perform dance routines. All of these categories require her to think “on her feet”, and show maturity, intelligence, wisdom, and imagination.


  • Horsemanship-Control of mount and the way any situation which may occur is handled. This includes execution of pattern, speed, and use of the arena.

  • Balance-Ability to sit a saddle.

  • Positions of hands, feet, and seat

  • Mounting and dismounting. (Jr. Princess contestants are exempt)

  • Saddling-knowledge and ability, safety, confidence and ease, and awareness of properly fitting tack.

  • The understanding and skill of the contestant will be judged and not the horse or the equipment.

  • Showmanship should be considered since a contestant’s personality does project from horseback to the audience and judges.

We hope that you will participate in this year’s pageant, and regardless of who gets the next title you are a winner for trying! There is so much to gain from a rodeo queen competition. Through your preparations and experience, you will sharpen your horsemanship skills, gain self-confidence, public speaking skills, expand your knowledge of horses and rodeo, make friendships and have FUN!  If you have any questions please email: or message us on Facebook. 

Click here for helpful sites to help you get ready for the competition

and to study your horse and rodeo knowledge.

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