Thomasville Times Enterprise

February 7, 2014

Georgia Equine Youth Championship Day held

Staff report

— Each year, the Georgia Equine Commodity Commission is thrilled to honor Georgia’s elite young equestrians at Youth Championship Day at the Capital. Our state’s thriving equine community turns out hundreds of State, Regional, National and World Champions in various breed shows and disciplines all over the U.S. and even abroad. This annual luncheon boasts a large attendance of equestrians, their parents and our state’s leadership. It’s a rare opportunity for the horse industry in our state to shine in front of our law makers.

Young people across our state are honored for their dedication, hard work and their excellent representation of our state. The impression that they leave our legislators with is invaluable to the horse industry in our state.

Among those honored were four Thomas County equestrians. Sunnie Dee Wynn, TCCHS cenior and daughter of Henry and Cindy Wynn, was recognized for being a State and Regional 4-H Senior Ranch Horse Champion as well as a Regional American Stock Horse Association Non Pro Limited All-Around Champion. This was Wynn’s fourth trip to this prestigious event.  Hope Nelson, TCCHS freshman and daughter of Floyd and Robin Nelson, was recognized for being the State 4-H Junior Ranch Horse Division Champion.  Allie Ann Wheeler is a fifth-grade student at Jerger Elementary School and the daughter of Alan and Chrissy Wheeler.  Wheeler was recognized for being named the ASHA Junior Youth All-Around Champion. Chloe Pickens, TCCHS sophomore and daughter of Casey Pickens, was recognized for winning the State 4-H Ranch Sorting Championship.

While at the capital, the Thomas County equestrians met with Rep. Amy Carter and posed for a picture with Carter and her Aide Sterling Ivey, formerly of Thomasville. They also met and posed for pictures with Gov. Nathan Deal, as well as Georgia  Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Wynn stated, “I would like to thank the Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Equine and all of their supporters for hosting this event. I feel extremely blessed to have been invited to this event over the past four years and I recognize that we are fortunate to have the level of support that we do. We are the future of our state’s equine industry and I think this event sends a very positive message about the impact that horses have on young people’s lives!”