Contestants will receive the horsemanship pattern at orientation and have the opportunity to ask questions about it. The same pattern has been utilized at the Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks pageant for many years. This year, there will be a new pattern. The current Miss Rodeo of the Ozarks will set the pattern. During horsemanship, girls will also do a judged flag run. Please be sure that the horse you use for the contest is comfortable with flags. After their pattern, girls will dismount, approach the judges, and be asked a set of horsemanship-related questions for a mini horsemanship interview.
Contestants will also be judged on their queens run each night of the rodeo. This score will be factored into the overall horsemanship points.