Oklahoma PBR bull riders take on American Ninja Warrior

Oklahoma bull-riders get a taste of what it's like to be an American Ninja Warrior. (KTUL)

BROKEN ARROW, Okla (KTUL) -- It's a collision of two worlds -- bull riders and American Ninja Warrior.

Two things you may not think have anything in common, but on Thursday Professional Bull Riders (PBR) got a taste of what it takes to be on the show.

"Bull riding is definitely easier for me," said Ryan Dirteater, a professional bull rider. "It looks easier on TV than it is in person."

Dirteater is an Oklahoma native and one of the top PBR bull riders in the world, but he said these American Ninja Warrior obstacles don't come easy.

"You got to be good at everything. Balance, pull ups jumps, swinging," explained Dirteater.

BA Ninja Warrior owner Venn Johns wears both hats being an American Ninja Warrior and bull rider.

"Training to ride bulls is different than most people think," said Johns. "Eight seconds seems like it's not that long, but sometimes when you're on a bull it can seem like forever."

Johns said this type of training plays right into what you need to stay on.

"You have to have core strength. You have to have balance. You have to have air awareness. You have to know how to fall," said Johns.

We asked Dirteater if he plans on making an appearance on the show anytime soon.

"I'm going to have to keep practicing if I want to do that," said Dirteater.

But he hopes this training helps him this weekend at the PBR bull riding event in Tulsa.

The Professional Bull Riders are at the BOK Center for the 14th time Aug. 11 and 12. Tickets start at $15 and are on sale at the BOK Center box office or online at

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