Bobby Vaughan Jr. was the top bull rider at the Coastal Farm & Ranch Challenge of Champions Tour at Saturday’s Douglas County Fair.

The Dorris, California, native earned 85.5 points for his ride on the steer Lyin Eyes.

“I’ve been working pretty hard,” Vaughan said. “It’s a lot easier to work than to ride bulls.”

During his ride it appeared that Vaughan was encouraging the crowd to cheer for him while he maintained great control of the bull.

Both the bull and its rider get judges and can earn up to 50 points each. But to get scored riders have to stay on the bull for at least eight seconds.

This proved to be quite the challenge as the only other cowboy to get a score was Paul Coppini of Kuna, Idaho.

Coppini, who rode Fist Fight, earned 81.5 points for his ride.

Nathan Bryant of Yoncalla was thrown off the bull Cherry Bomb during his ride and was seen by paramedics before being taken to Mercy Medical Center. The hospital stated he was seen and released Saturday afternoon.

Roy Jackson of Tiller also competed in the bull-riding event.

The first person to hold on for eight seconds Saturday afternoon was junior bull rider Rhoere Cunningham of Centralia, Washington.

The junior bull riders performed after the first section of professional bull riders.

Sutherlin junior bull rider Case Wells was also able to hold on and get scored, but the top prize for the juniors went to Cunningham.

The junior bull-riding competition had three local competitors Wells, Cash Allen of Sutherlin and McCray Hendrson of Umpqua in a field of six.

After the second section of bull riders seven children got onto sheep to compete in mutton busting.

All sheep entered the arena at the same time and the last child standing was the winner, but all of them received awards.

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey

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