By DEBI MCLENDON
Farm Press Intern
Educational as well as entertaining, the quine show at Sunbelt Ag Expo never disappoints. 5 Wynn Horse Company will be teaming up with Georgia Ranch
Horse Association (a chartered member
of the American Ranch Horse Association
ARHA) to bring three days of demonstrations
5 Wynn Horse Company, along with
Wynn Custom Leather are owned and operated by Henry and Cindy Wynn and their
three children, J.T., Jon and Sunnie Dee.
While raising, training, showing and selling
quality ranch horses, they also build custom
handmade saddles and leather tack.
The Wynn family’s oldest son, J.T., was
commissioned to make custom leather chaps
for the 2016 Miss Rodeo USA Pageant in Okla-the only female to capture the American Stock Horse Association’s
National All Around Title in the Non-Pro Division. Sunnie Dee attends
North Central Texas College in Gainesville, Texas, and competes on its
ranch horse and equestrian teams.
Cindy, the matriarch, won the American Quarter Horse Association Level 1 Select Ranch Riding Title as well as the AQHA Level
1 Rookie Reining Title in 2015, on her ranch gelding CD In The End-Zone. Henry and Cindy just started showing in the ARHA in 2016, and
between the two, have already won three all around titles and two
titles. The family uses horses from their ranch that have been trained
by Henry Wynn.
WORKING RANCH HORSES
The Georgia Ranch Horse Association is a chartered member of the
American Ranch Horse Association, a national association dedicated
to the promotion and values of the versatility of the true working
This association provides a family-oriented environment where
these ranch horses can show off their skills and abilities. Through
shows, clinics and sales, ARHA encourages the “all around” ranch
type breeds. ARHA offers the kind of atmosphere where honesty
and personal growth are not only expected but also achieved.
Also at the Expo this year is the Georgia 4-H Horse Program, a
youth development program by the University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Heather K. Shultz coordinates the
statewide program, which at the Expo to educate the public on the
opportunities the program offers.
Another exciting addition to this year’s Expo is 17 year old trick rider
Montana Wilkes. Wilkes is originally from Quitman, Ga., though now
residing in Texas. She spends most of her time training with her riding instructor. Wilkes found her passion for horses while participating in the Georgia 4-H Horse Program.
Three years ago, she decided to try her hand at trick riding. While
still being an avid equestrian, she is hoping to pursue an education at
Texas A&M earning a PhD in animal science.
For the third year in a row, the Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Queen Pageant has been held at the Sunbelt Expo. Contestants from four states
competed for the crown for personality, appearance and horsemanship. The older contestants are required to send in an essay and give
a speech regarding “How Agriculture Impacts Me and You Every Day.”
They must be prepared to answer impromptu questions.
The 2016 winners are: The 2016 Tiny Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Princess
is Ava Cravey from Eastman, Ga.; Little Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Princess
is Lily Mothershed from Moultrie, Ga.; Junior Miss Sunbelt Rodeo is
Allie Ann Wheeler from Coolidge, Ga.; Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Princess is
Michaela Falconer from Thomasville, Ga.; and the new Miss Sunbelt
Rodeo Queen is Brittany Howard from Slaughters, Ky.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, the rodeo queens from around the southeast
have been invited to the Priefert Horse Arena. The reigning queens
will be introduced with an autograph and photo session at the
Expo equine show offers ranch horse,
trick riding, and rodeo queens
Winners of the Sunbelt Rodeo Pageant: From left, Junior Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Princess, Allie Ann Wheeler
from Coolidge, Ga.; Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Princess, Michaela Falconer from Thomasville, Ga.; Miss Sunbelt
Rodeo Queen, Brittany Howard from Slaughters, Ky.; Little Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Princess, Lily Mothershed
from Moultrie, Ga.; Cindy Wynn, Pageant Coordinator; Tiny Miss Sunbelt Rodeo Princess, Ava Cravey from