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April 7, 2014

Queen, Princess named at HCLS

Athens — It had been 10 years since Jessica Wiggins last rode a horse but that did not stop the LaPoynor senior from jumping on the saddle and attempting to become the Henderson County Livestock Show Queen.

After countless hours of preparation, all the hard work and determination paid off Monday as Wiggins was named the 2014 HCLS Queen at the 54th annual livestock show.

“I am really excited. I have worked really hard and I am just so excited that I won,” Wiggins said. “I actually had not ridden a horse in 10 years so I had to put in a lot of hard work to be able to do this tonight.”

Once she decided it was time to mount the saddle again, she did everything in her power to make sure she would leave Monday's competition with a brand new saddle courtesy of the Henderson County Fairpark Board.

“I decided it was time to get back on again. I am one of those kind of people that if I put my mind to something I am going to get it done,” she said.

Her determination was dully rewarded Monday as she also won awards in Western Attire and Poise-Beauty-Personality.

“I think everyone did a wonderful job and I am just really blessed that I won. I want to thank everyone that supported me through is,” she said.

The daughter of Joe and Jill Wiggins, Jessica is an active member in the Kingdom Living Cowboy Church youth group.

She is the president of the LaPoynor FFA chapter and is an avid bow hunter. She enjoys everything outdoors.

Wiggins, 18, will be showing a market goat as well as a painting in the livestock show later this week.

Her grandparents are Alton and Dena Gracey, Charllote Gill and Joe Wiggins, Sr.

First runner-up in the queen contest was Madison Lewis of Malakoff. She was injured before the show during warm-ups.

Eustace Middle School's Libby Dailey was named the 2014 Princess while taking home honors in Horsemanship and Congeniality.

“That just did not happen, I am sleep right now,” a stunned Dailey said. “Tomorrow I think I will still be walking on air and extremely happy.”

An honor roll student who competes on the UIL Art Smart team, she has a couple of goals in mind now that she has a new saddle following Monday's coronation.

“Now that I am princess, I am going to set some more goals in my course like roping, trail and drill,” she said.

While the success Monday was well received, it almost did not happen for the volleyball and track athlete.

“Some friends were talking to me about it and I thought it sounded fun. But then, I found out you had to wear a dress. I was like, 'oh man.' But then I went out there and did it and I had fun with it,” she said.

She is the daughter of James and Tami Dailey. Grandparents are Bill and PK Dailey, Chuck and Kay Powers.

Her favorite past time is riding horses with friends. She competes on two equestrian drill teams, the East Texas Young Riders and the East Texas Stampede.

First runner-up was awarded to LaPoynor Elementary's Laney Jo Almon. She also won Western Attire and Poise-Beauty-Personality.


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