Laura W inn, 14, of Moriarty, stands with her grand champion lamb Wednesday. (Tess Townsend Photo)
Winn won Wednesday at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair market lamb show.
Laura Winn, 14, of Moriarty, said it felt “awesome” that her 149-pound Black Face sheep won the title of Grand Champion.
Winn, daughter of Bryan and Amy Winn, said farming runs in her family and that she hopes to have a career in agriculture. She said her uncle, who raises sheep, helped her raise hers.
As for whether the third-year member of Moriarty FFA has any secrets to raising a winning sheep, Winn shook her head.
“Just hard work,” she said.
Grand Reserve Champion went to a 132-pound Black Face sheep raised by Moriarty FFA veteran Shaylyn Price, 19, of Edgewood.
Price has been in FFA six years and has been showing animals 11 years and studies animal and dairy science at Eastern New Mexico State University in Portales. She is the daughter of Darin and Jules Price.
This was Price’s last show.
“It was a good way to end it,” she said.
In addition to the champion titles, a third award was handed out at the market lamb show.
Texaco High School senior Mitchell Pinnelle, 18, was given the Jerry Franklin Scholarship by Eddie Pucket, a representative of textbook company CEV.
The $500 college scholarship is given to high school seniors based on involvement in sheep showing and other extra-curricular activities.
The award is named for a former teacher of agriculture from Logan, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Pinnelle was not present to accept his award. His sister accepted it on his behalf.