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No pain, no gain

Updated: July 23, 2009, 3:35 PM ET
By Melanie Jarrett | ESPN.com

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Ryan Dirteater was riding high before he and his season were quickly grounded.

When Dirteater arrived in Tacoma, Wash., in March for the 15th Built Ford Tough Series event of the 2009 season, he was in the top five of the Professional Bull Riders world standings and had recently notched his first event win in Dallas. He was riding like the future world champion many predicted he would become.

Apparently no one ...

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