For this weeks speakers we had the opportunity to learn from to world champions about their very unique sport. Grant ant Tricia McMaster taught us about the worlds fastest growing equine sport, Mounted Cowboy Shooting. This sport combines horsemanship with marksmanship to create a thrilling and very challenging new sport. The object is to ride your horse through an obstacle course containing 10 targets, shooting each of the 10 targets with one of two single action revolvers loaded with 5 rounds each, all in 3 – 10 seconds. Sounds easy right? Well let’s take a hard look at what they must do to be successful. First, the riders are riding their mounts full speed to complete the running of the course in under 10 seconds, all while concentrating on shooting targets. Second, each of 10 targets must be shot from a distance of between 6 -10 feet, from horseback, at full speed, with no second shot for any target. Remember 10 targets and only 10 rounds. Third, while riding full speed, and shooting with no misses, these competitors are forced to switch guns holstering their initial gun and drawing a second gun to complete the course (each gun is loaded with 5 rounds). Fourth, the sport is Cowboy Mounted Shooting, that means costumes are involved and part of the requirements. The shooters can compete in period clothing or more modern western clothing, but they must adhere to a strict attire policy. If a rider disturbs an obstacle, drops a weapon, misses a target, or does any of a number of things out of the ordinary, that rider is penalized by added seconds, and in a sport where the margin of victory is 1000’s of seconds perfect rides are required for victory. If I have piqued your interest watch these videos and see everything I’ve described in action.
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