By Mike Tupa
Shattered Dreams finally lost his streak of bucking off cowboys like a brassy breeze blowing away the crows from the cornfield.
The six-year-old Copan bucking bull had never been ridden — until last week at the 2017 Profession Bull Riders Built For Tough Series World Finals, held in Las Vegas.
But, at least the bristling bull — owned by Copan’s Kevin Foreman — helped make a fellow Oklahoman’s dream come true.
During the round on Nov. 3, Ryan Dirteater (Tahlequah) stayed aboard Shattered Dream for the whole ride and scored 87.5 points.
The points Dirteater earned during Shattered Dreams’ livewire, explosive performance helped propel him to the finals and a fourth-place finish overall.
“When you get that point (world finals) you’re supposed to be rode,” said Foreman. “If they’re going to get rode, at least you want the rider to score good. … I’m proud of what Shattered Dreams did.”
And, the black bull is not done yet.
Foreman plans to begin the whole process again in 2018 of trying to get Shattered Dreams back to the world finals.
“He’ll have to score well each time,” Foreman explained. “The minimum score is 42 (on a scale of 1-to-50). As long as he stays about 42, he’ll be in good shape.”
But, Foreman — who also serves as the Copan High School boys basketball head coach — plans a different strategy this year for Shattered Dreams.
“I’ll probably keep him close to home,” he said, entering him in events in places such as Kansas City, St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.”
That’s in contrast to 2017, when Shattered Dreams menaced riders in New York and other faraway places.
“I told a friend that that bull has afforded me to go to a lot of places this year, from New York to the west coast to Las Vegas,” Foreman said. “We’ll start back in a few weeks in Oklahoma City.”
Bucking bulls usually last in competition through their eighth year. Shattered Dreams is nearing his seventh birthday, so might have at least another one or two solid years as a rugged, bone-rattling, body-shaking, breath-sucking challenge for bullriders.