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The AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships kicked off March 14 in Houston.

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For more information on the AQHA CMS World, visit the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association’s website.

The 2017 AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships kicked off its first day of competition on March 14 in Houston. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association Gulf Coast Championship kicked off at 8 a.m. The first stage of the AQHA CMS World classes kick off at 7 p.m. in the Reliant Center Arena.

“This year, there are nearly 100 entries representing 18 states and two Canadian provinces competing for world champion titles in the youth, limited youth, Select, amateur, limited amateur and open divisions,” said Charlie Hemphill, AQHA director of shows and new events.  

The AQHA CMS World runs March 14-16 in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The event is referred to as the 2017 AQHA CMS World Championships because the qualifying period was January 1 - December 31, 2017.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is providing a free live webcast of the events in the Reliant Center Arena at this year’s event. Watch all the action at The American Quarter Horse Journal will provide detailed information on the world champions in the open, Select, amateur, limited amateur, youth and limited youth divisions at

“We want to congratulate all the exhibitors competing at this year’s AQHA CMS World,” said Hemphill. “These exhibitors and American Quarter Horses worked hard all year long to qualify for the honor to compete at this year’s event, and we wish everyone the best of luck.”

View the tentative schedule of events.

About the AQHA CMS World
Cowboy mounted shooting competitors race against the clock as they run through a pattern of 10 balloons and at least one barrel. The competitor who completes the pattern with the fastest time and most balloons shot in their division will take home the AQHA world champion title.

For more information on the AQHA CMS World, visit the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association’s website.

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