Eaton’s Grand Champion sets record with lamb in National Western auction
Highland High School senior Jenna Frink set a National Western record Friday evening, selling her Grand Champion lamb to Transwest Trucks, Inc. for an all-time high of $41,900 in the 2015 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions.
Twin sister Kayla also participated that evening with her first-place lamb, Rock On, netting $5,500.
The twins, alongside younger sister Lauren, of Eaton made Weld County proud at the National Western Stock Show earlier in the week with several award-winning, blackface lambs.
Jenna took the top spot in the Junior Market Lamb Show with Unfinished Business, Friday’s record-setting animal. The 165-pound, one-year-old lamb also took first overall in the heavyweight division. The win marked the first junior grand champion for lambs from Weld County in recent years.
“I’ve had him since May, and I have to feed and exercise him every day,” Jenna said. “There’s a lot that goes into it. It’s a big family thing that we do. It’s a big honor to have won National Western. It’s a goal our family has had for a long time.”
Kayla also claimed first in the class 7 middleweight category with her lamb, Rock On.
“To win, it shows hard work and dedication pays off,” Kayla said.
Other awards claimed by the Frink girls included second in the class 7 lightweight category by Lauren with Mr. Lucky, and third in the class 25 heavyweight category by Lauren with Hot Stuff.
Jenna also took second in the class 8 lightweight category with Young Gun.
Kayla placed third in the class 6 lightweight category with Stand Off and sixth in the class 14 middleweight group with Hollywood.
The Frinks are no strangers to winning junior market livestock shows.
In 2013, Jenna showed the grand champion lamb and Kayla had the reserve champion at the Colorado State Fair. And in 2011, Kayla had the grand champion market lamb at the Colorado State Fair.
The Frink family showed over 20 lambs at National Western this year. Kayla said lambs have always been a part of the family’s life. The girls began raising lambs at an early age with their parents, Mike and Amy Frink.
Jenna and Kayla also took fourth and sixth, respectively, in Senior Showmanship at the stock show.
The twins, seniors at Highland High School in Ault, also were both named recipients of the Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships through the Colorado Farm Show this month. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to promising students planning to major in agriculture, like the Frink sisters. All seven winners will be honored Jan. 28 at a banquet held at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley in conjunction with the Colorado Farm Show.
Jenna is an active varsity athlete, participating in softball, basketball and track and achieving All-Conference honors in all three activities. Kayla has also had an outstanding high school sports career with All-Conference titles in softball and basketball, in addition to participation in the National Honor Society, alongside Jenna, and the school’s literary magazine.
Both also have participated in 4-H for nine years. They also are active in FFA, with Kayla currently serving as secretary of the Highland FFA Chapter and Jenna previously serving as sentinel and treasurer.
The sisters have not decided on a university for next year, but both hope to study animal sciences.
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