CMSA Championships

Get ready for the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Eastern U.S. Championship, September 4-7 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association
August 21, 2013

Hickorys Irish Gold and Chad Little

Cowboy mounted shooting became an AQHA-approved event in 2011, with the first AQHA cowboy mounted shooting champions crowned in 2012. Here, Chad Little and Hickorys Irish Gold shoot their way to win back-to-back AQHA open world titles earned in 2012 and 2013. (Journal photo) BELOW: Watch Chad's interview after winning the first AQHA open cowboy mounted shooting world title.

The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Eastern U.S. Championship returns to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum Equine Complex, September 4-7 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The four-day event pits some of the nation’s best mounted shooting competitors against each other to vie for the Eastern U.S. Championship title.

The public is invited free of charge to watch the competition, which starts 9 a.m. on Wednesday and continues 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Saturday. The highlight of the competition, and perhaps of most interest to the public, is the Starline Friday Night Showcase of Champions that brings the event’s top competitors to compete in the finals of the cavalry class, rifle class and shotgun class, and is topped off by the high-speed Cimarron Eliminator finals. Designed to entertain the public, the Showcase of Champions starts at 7 p.m. and is an action-packed crowd-pleaser that is also free to the public. Western vendors selling cowboy hats, boots, clothing and tack will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the duration of the event, and will stay open late on Friday night.

The Tennessee Miller Coliseum is located at 304B West Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. For more information call the Tennessee Miller Coliseum at (615) 494-8961.

About the Sport

Cowboy mounted shooting is the fastest-growing equestrian sport in the nation. The object of the sport is to shoot 10 balloon targets while riding through a variety of challenging courses and using specially-loaded blank cartridges fired from Old West-style single-action revolvers. It’s a high-speed, timed spectator sport in which the competitor who rides the fastest with the least amount of missed targets wins.

The CMSA Championship Series is held with competitors riding as part of “Team Duke,” on behalf of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, in order to raise awareness in their fight to cure cancer.

The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association is the governing organization of the sport and promulgates the rules and tracks the competitors of more than 100 affiliated clubs. CMSA is an AQHA alliance partner, and cowboy mounted shooting has been an AQHA-approved event since 2011, with the first AQHA cowboy mounted shooting world champions crowned in 2012.

Organized in 1994, CMSA now boasts over 100 local clubs in four nations, representing more than 13,000 members. CMSA sanctions more than 600 events a year, including seven events at its highest level, the Championship Series, and pays out more than $700,000 in prize money annually.  For more information about CMSA, visit www.cmsaevents.com, or follow CMSA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cowboymountedshootingassociation.