By Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse JournalJune 10, 2011
Cowboy mounted shooting requires a high degree of speed and agility from the horse and skilled shooting from the rider. Journal photo.
Are you a fan of fast-action events? Get your fix with AQHA’s newest event: cowboy mounted shooting. And what better way to get hooked on this shoot-’em-up sport than at Battle in the Saddle July 5-9 in Oklahoma City? The cowboy mounted shooting classes, sponsored by AQHA and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, an AQHA alliance partner, will offer competitors the chance to gun for $10,000 in added money.
Cowboy mounted shooting requires a high degree of speed and agility from the horse and skilled shooting from the rider. In competition, a horse and rider run through a pattern of poles with balloons on top. The shooter must shoot the red balloons with one gun and switch guns before starting the rundown back to the finish line, while shooting the blue balloons. Each missed balloon is a five-second penalty.
Cowboy mounted shooting is an AQHA-approved event. April 14 in Tunica, Mississippi, the first AQHA cowboy mounted shooting points were added to the official record of American Quarter Horses. AQHA-pointed cowboy mounted shooting classes are held at existing CMSA events. Points and placings will be recorded on horses’ and exhibitors’ records, and all points are eligible for existing awards, including Register of Merit, Incentive Fund and year-end high-point, to name a few.
At the Battle in the Saddle cowboy mounted shooting competition, five AQHA divisions will be offered. To compete in the Battle in the Saddle’s cowboy mounted shooting classes, all riders and horse owners must be current, card-holding members in good standing with AQHA and CMSA.
Here are a few particulars of the event:
The following AQHA class divisions will be offered:
All entries for the Battle in the Saddle cowboy mounted shooting competition can be found online at www.cowboymountedshooting.com or by calling CMSA’s office at (888) 960-0003.
All CMSA points will apply toward qualification to the 2011 CMSA World Championship October 19-22 in Amarillo.
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