2012 Update to story below
Tori Ferreira (Shannon Barnhart's daughter and Pug Wingo's granddaughter) was crowned 2012 GA State Federation Queen.
What a blessing and excitement for the family.
Pug Wingo (grandmother) was crowned Queen in 1972
Shannon Barnhart (mother) was crowned Princess in 1992
All 20 years apart !
Shannon reports that her family has shared so many wonderful memories at the Federation Show
and hope to continue to build more memories in the future. I am so blessed to be a part of such a
great organization where memories like these happen every year !
Thanks Shannon for sharing this update
Memories of State Show
by Pug Levinson Wingo
I would like to share some information on the Queen Contest from back in the ancient times !
The year, 1972, The State Show was held in Ashburn, GA. I was representing the National Association of Saddle and Riding Clubs of America which I understand now they have changed their name. At the State Show, all the Queen contestants had to go to breakfast with the judges and some show executives. Wow, talk about nervous, never drank coffee in my life until that day and haven't drank any since.
That afternoon the Queen and Princess contest was held. I won the Queen's Contest. Pug (Levinson) Wingo, riding Wimpy Jo Five. When I won, I was so happy and excited for my Association and for myself of course. It is a great honor to represent your association to the best of your ability.
I got married to Bobby Wingo who also showed at most of the state shows and as tradition goes, our son, Robbie Wingo, showed two years at the State Show. He gave up riding when he found out cars went faster then horses and girls smelled a whole lot better !
My family grew up, moved out, got married, so we took a break, sold everything we had concerning showing. We kept a horse, put her in the pasture and just looked at her !
Then when our daughter, Shannon (Wingo) Barnhart, wanted to ride, here we are again. Had to buy a trailer, saddle, bridle, saddle pad, and all that has to go with the horse. Oh no, we don't have a horse for her to ride, so here we go getting another horse. We started showing NASRCA again and she became the Princess, riding Nifty's Cowboy. Here we go back down to the State Show. I can't remember where it was but it was held at a race track for trotters. (Hawkinsville possibly)
Shannon won the Princess Contest at the state show in 1992, 20 years from when I won it. She showed a while then got married and moved out. None of the other grandkids showed much interest, but this time we were not so stupid to get rid of everything. We were hoping that out of 9 grandkids, there would surely be 1 that liked horses.
Shannon had a daughter named Tori Ferreira, who showed a lot of interest in horses. She loved horses, and of course she wanted to show and we were thrilled. Ok, well we had everything this time, so we worked with her and finally went to the shows at the Flint River Association. She qualified and became Princess of the Flint River Association. She is showing in the Princess Contest with her horse JS Jack Daniels this year. Although she really needs to win it next year to make it 20 years to carry on the tradition, but of course we would REALLY not care if it came a year early !
Free Advice - don't get ride of all your horse stuff, who knows, one day you or a family member will be back and hopefully be showing at the State Show !