Miss Rodeo Iowa
Image by Will Merydith
What does a miss rodeo Iowa have to do to become MRI?
I really don’t know.
Contestants compete in a three-day pageant beginning with the demonstration of their horsemanship skills and knowledge. They provide their own horses and ride one set pattern, then they switch horses and ride another pattern. Patterns include stopping, turning, lead changes and other elements. Contestants are also required to carry a flag and make a queen’s run (where they greet the crowd on horseback). The contestants undergo a personal interview with the panel of judges with questions ranging from rodeo and horsemanship knowledge to current events to items off of their resume`. Their public speaking ability is judged with the presentation of a three-minute speech on "Iowa" or "Rodeo" and the answering of impromptu questions. These questions include current events, rodeo and personality topics. They take a written test over rodeo and equine science and are scored on their photogenic qualities. Each night at the rodeo they are judged on their grand entry presentation and are also judged at the parade on Saturday morning along with a group interview where they interact with the judges and each other.
The young woman who earns the title will travel throughout Iowa, along with trips to Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, ID, and to rodeos in surrounding states. She is not limited rodeos as she also appears at community festivals, the Iowa State Fair, parades and a multitude of other venues. In December she competes for the coveted Miss Rodeo America title prior to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. It is an exciting opportunity that opens many doors not only for the young woman who wins but also for many of the contestants.