Bull riding: Q&A with Ryan Dirteater

Dirteater will be one of many riders in the PBR's WinStar World Casino Invitational Friday through Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Center.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 24, 2013
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photo - Ryan Dirteater of Hulbert, Okla., rides Stiffler during the PBR Express Classic, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES
Ryan Dirteater of Hulbert, Okla., rides Stiffler during the PBR Express Classic, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES

What kind of music do you listen to?

“I listen to country, some rap, a little bit of rock. It just depends on what mood I am in.”

What is your favorite rodeo song?

“I like 100% Cowboy (by Jason Meadows).”

What is your biggest pet peeve?

“I don't like negative people. I like being around people who have a positive outlook on life.”

You are a member of the Cherokee tribe, are you offended by the use of Native American names and mascots for sports teams such as Redskins, Indians and Savages?

“No. I'm not. I am a Native American and I am proud to be a Native American. I don't think people should be offended by it. My last name is Dirteater and I am a bull rider. How ironic is that?”

What is the strangest request you have ever gotten from a fan?

“I get asked to sign certain parts of the anatomy. It's kind of embarrassing.”

Other than bull riders, what athletes do you respect the most?

“Wrestlers. I was a wrestler a high school. I know how extreme and tough that is. It's intense. It's challenging. It really teaches discipline. You have to eat right. Wrestling requires a lot of balance and body movement, kind of like of bull riding.”

Do you have a favorite pre-ride meal?

“I like chicken alfredo. I try to eat that the night before I ride.”

What is your favorite breakfast?

“Four scrambled eggs, toast, two slices of turkey bacon and bowl of fruit. I try to have that every morning. Sometimes I leave the bacon out and go with five scrambled eggs.”

What do you like to do in your spare time?

“I like to team rope when I am not riding bulls, so you can catch me at the other end of the arena.”

by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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