Wed 23 Jul 2014
By Kady Porterfield
After a week of competition that featured more than 1,500 contestants from all across the United States, Canada, and Australia, the 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo Champions were crowned last Saturday night at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyoming. State of Jefferson cowboy Bobby Vaughan from Dorris, CA walked away that night with the National Champion Bull Rider title, leaving his family, friends, community, and team Oregon very proud. Yet, there was no one more satisfied than Vaughan himself.
His road to nationals meant having to ride enough bulls through the season to qualify, as well as being one of the top-four bull riders in Oregon. He came in seeded as the fourth bull rider on the team and was ready to compete in Wyoming that week. Vaughan had been working towards the bull riding championship at the National High School Finals for the past four years.
“It’s pretty awesome. I’ve worked really hard over the years and this is a really big deal for me. It’s the highest award you can achieve at this level,” said Vaughan.
On July 14, Vaughan mounted up for his first-round ride and scored 79 points on a bull named Little “W” from Frontier Rodeo Company. However, he fell off in the second round Friday night. That placed him seventh, leading up to Saturday’s short round. (more…)Share on Facebook