Oklahoma’s own Ryan Dirteater is stopping this month, and you have two chances to meet him.
Fans can meet Dirteater at Cherokee Casino Grove from 5 to 7 p.m. and Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 25.
Dirteater is a professional bull rider from Hulbert and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Dirteater, who has been living and breathing the rodeo scene since he was born, quickly fell in love with the sport.
The cowboy made the decision to go pro while he was still in high school, which led to his stellar career in the Professional Bull Riding circuit.
Dirteater has a strong physical resilience and must maintain a healthy build, which has paid off. He has sustained injuries while riding such as a dislocated knee, a broken finger, torn ACLs, a broken femur and a broken jaw.
His resolve, however, was not broken. Despite the setbacks, Dirteater went on to the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series World Finals. He successfully rode all six bulls for more than eight seconds each in this event, a perfect performance.
Dirteater hosts “Ryan Dirteater’s Ropin’ for Wishes,” a charitable event that raises funds for the Tulsa Area Make-A Wish Foundation and Rider Relief Fund.
Cherokee Casino Grove is located north of Grove on Highway 59 and East 250 Road. Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located 3 miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For more information, visit www.cherokeecasino.com or call 918-283-8800. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.