Bean brings his best for the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show

By By Josh Benham, The Observer June 09, 2014 12:31 pm

Even though Doug Bean largely performs in rodeos and stock shows for fun, it was tough to tell he wasn’t a professional over the weekend.

The La Grande resident made the most of an opportunity to perform in front of his hometown fans, taking first place in the second round of the steer roping event, as the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show concluded at the Union Rodeo Grounds Sunday.

At the start of his turn, the leader was C.A. Lauer with a time of 14.3 seconds. Bean lassoed and brought his steer down at a good pace, but it was his tie-up of the animal that really put him at the top of the leaderboard. He quickly got off his horse and made short work of getting the steer’s legs tied up, doing it in just about five seconds, and his time of 14 seconds-flat was good enough to hold onto first.

“It was good time,” Bean said. “I drew a pretty good steer.”

See more in Monday’s issue of the La Grande Observer.