Top Georgia rider signs with NCTC

Susanne Reynolds - The Times Enterprise News | Apr 7, 2014

THOMASVILLE, Ga. - Thomasville's Sunnie Dee Wynn became Thomas County Central's first student to sign with North Central Texas College in Gainesville, Texas. She earned an equestrian team and ranch horse team scholarship.

Wynn, 18, of is the daughter of Henry and Cindy Wynn. On Tuesday afternoon, she was joined by her family, friends and school administrators in the Central media center as she inked her official commitment to North Central Texas College (NCTC).

Wynn is no stranger to ranch life. She and her family's life revolves around horses. They raise, train and competitively ride horses, and they also make saddles.

Her mother, said, "She just grew up in the horse environment."

By the time Sunnie Dee Wynn was three years old, she was showing horses. Since then she has won many awards and recognition. In 2012, Wynn was the American Stock Horse Association champion. In addition, she was the Southern Regional champion and All-Around Ranch Trial champion in 2013. Wynn has won two saddles, numerous titles and champion buckles.

She is also involved in numerous organizations and school clubs. She is the Central FFA Chapter president, a member of the National Honor Society and a four-time Master 4-Her. In 2013, Wynn was chosen for the selective Governor's Honor Program. She was tapped for the area of Agriscience and Biotechnology.

Wynn's background caused her to be heavily recruited by equestrian colleges around the United States. According to her mother, it came down to two. Wynn and her parents met one of the coaches at NCTC during a tour. Later, they went to another college for a tour. While there they happened to meet one of the coaches from NCTC. At that point, Wynn had her heart set on attending NCTC. In February, Wynn verbally made a commitment to attend NCTC this fall with plans to compete on the equestrian team and ranch horse team. It is rare for a student to be recruited and accepted by both teams.

The coaches at NCTC are excited to welcome Wynn to the teams and feel she will be an assist to them.

"Her successful show career combined with her unmatched desire to be the best is what will assist NCTC toward a national title," said Bill Kaven, head coach at NCTC. Coach Curt Donley, one of the equestrian team Coaches at NCTC, said, "We're very excited that Sunnie Dee Wynn has chosen to attend North Central Texas here in Gainesville, Texas, this fall. We are aware that Sunnie was aggressively recruited by many equestrian colleges and universities across the nation. She will be a great addition to our equestrian program as well as to our campus and student body. Sunnie's winning attitude and great equestrian skills will guarantee her continued success in the equestrian world at the college level. Again, we are very excited that Sunnie chose to sign with North Central Texas College."

Wynn feels extremely honored and blessed to be given the opportunity to ride for NCTC. She said, " I was lucky enough to visit the college in January and meet both of the equestrian team coaches. I feel that I will fit into their program and I hope to be an asset to both the ranch horse and equestrian team."

The student also thanked those who have supported her throughout her journey. "I would like to thank my family, my mom and daddy, and my two brothers for all their continued support and encouragement. Without their support, none of this would have been possible," Wynn said. "They have made many unselfish sacrifices over the years in order to help me pursue my life dream. "I would also like to thank my ag teacher, Robbie Harrison for her unwavering encouragement and support over the past for years."

Wynn has big plans for her future. She intends to major in Equine Sciences and her long-term goal is owning a horse training facility.

(Story by Susanne Reynolds, The Times Enterprise News)