Along with the general etiquette and guidelines found below, Candidates are strongly encouraged to read the Miss American Angus Committee Guidelines. Subjects to focus on include: Elements of the Contest, Required Activities for Miss American Angus and Schedule for Weekend of Contest.
General Show Ring Etiquette & Guidelines for State Angus Queens and Princesses
The Eastern Regional, Atlantic National and National Junior Angus Shows are just around the corner and many of you, as your state queen or princess, will have the opportunity to assist the current reigning Miss American Angus with the presentation of ribbons during these shows. Over the years, our committee has received several calls and emails addressing the issue of what each of you should wear while working in the ring. For this reason, we have put together the following information as a guide for each of you. If you are not currently serving as your state's ambassador, please pass this information to the correct person.
For many of you, this is the first opportunity that you will have to assist with a show of this size. Miss American Angus will be presenting ribbons each day at the Regional, National, and Roll of Victory shows and she greatly welcomes any help that you can give her in assisting with the presentation of awards. You are not limited to how many days that you may work, bring outfits for several days if you would like, to assist when you are not showing or participating in other activities.
When working the ring at a regional, national, or Roll of Victory show, you will want to dress up more than if you were at a state show. Please follow these guidelines when selecting your outfits:
Show Day Duties
Start of the Show
If you are able to help set-up for the show that day, please arrive early (30 minutes to 1 hour before show time - depending on the size of the show and the amount of awards) to assist in setting out ribbons and trophies. Please be aware of the awards arrangements.
Let the show management know you are present and will be assisting Miss American Angus. Give them your name/hometown and state you are representing so the show announcer can introduce you at appropriate times.
State Queen Assistance
These events have a large contingency of state royalty; please rotate who presents what so each queen/princess has the opportunity to participate.
When in doubt as to procedures, please ask Miss American Angus for assistance.
In the Ring
This section addresses guidelines for the time you are actually in the gin. The current reigning Miss American Angus will instruct each of you on what she will need help with and also show you how to present your award.
The Eastern Regional and the National Junior Shows will both have a planned event for the state queens. Invitations for these events are handled by the events committees. In the event that you do not receive information by mail, we have included specifics on each event along with a contact person.
Event: Queen's Brunch
For more show information, visit the NJAA Web site.
National Junior Show
Event: Queen's Tea
Certainly it is obvious that your image is cast in stone" when a picture is taken of a winning animal, its exhibitor and you! Throughout your year you will have many pictures taken in the show ring, at special occasions and at award presentations. Therefore, it is important that the picture be the best that it can be.
For official show pictures, it is the responsibility for Miss American Angus to present the award. Some instances will arise when a sponsor would like to present the award, however, Miss American Angus should always be in the picture. Most often it is best to stand at the tail end or head of the animal so that the animal does not see you. This way you can hold the banner or award so that it is visible for the photo. You should hold the award or banner in front of your mid-section or to your side, depending on the size of the award. With banners and some ribbons, you must be extremely careful not to spook the animal. Keep in mind that you are a pro at this and for those spectators rushing in to be in the photo, they should fit in by the showperson or on either side of you. It is important for you to find your spot first and be easily seen in the photo. Miss American Angus should always be holding at least one of the awards.
When handing out ribbons to individual classes, two state queens/princesses can assist. For division champion and overall champion presentations and pictures, Miss American Angus should always be in the photo. State Queens/princesses should rotate for these photos. Only one state queen (preferably the host state queen) should join Miss American Angus for the overall champion photo/presentation.
The most flattering stance for any picture is a "present position" with your body turned slightly to an angle (this pose is thinning) with the ribbon, banner or trophy should be held straight toward the camera. With silver trays, be aware of the glare that they may give off. It is best to hold silver trays toward the camera but angle towards the ground. Practice your posture in a mirror until you are comfortable with your stance. When your pictures are printed in the Angus publications, you will be proud of your appearance.
Enjoy the experience!
For questions, feel free to contact a member of the Miss American Angus Committee.
For more information on Royal Etiquette Guidelines, please go to angusauxiliary.com.