Limited Amateur Cowboy Mounted Shooting

Gerald McKelroy and WWR Kings Lone Star take home the first AQHA limited amateur cowboy mounted shooting world title.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Gerald McKelroy and WWR Kings Lone Star (Don Trout Photo)

Gerald McKelroy had a bang-up time at the 2017 AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships in March in Houston. During the AQHA CMS World, Gerald, who is from Waco, Texas, took home two trophies. He is the first AQHA limited amateur cowboy mounted shooting world champion and the first limited amateur reserve world champion.

“It feels fantastic to be a world champion,” Gerald says. “It’s been a lot of hard work for those horses to do that well.”

Gerald took home the world title on WWR Kings Lone Star, a 2012 brown mare. WWR Kings Lone Star is an AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred mare by Mr Forty Six King and out of Dr Gay Sadie by Tru Tru King. The mare was bred by Fred and Elaine Gist of the Wagon Wheel Ranch in Midland, Texas.

Gerald bought WWR Kings Lone Star and his reserve world champion horse, WWR Wyo Hancock, from the Wagon Wheel Ranch as 2-year-olds. WWR Wyo Hancock is a 2012 dun stallion by Blues Wyo Rip and out of Phat Phanny by Tzar Hancock. Since Gerald had two 2-year olds on his hands, he began training both horses for cowboy mounted shooting.

Once the horses were trained enough to start showing, Gerald would always video his runs and buy the professional photographs as a frame of reference to see where he and his horses could use improvement. He would point out all of the areas he wanted to correct, and then he would focus his next training session on those areas.

“It was a lot of self-examination and critiquing, and then taking the horse home, and starting all over again to build a foundation until you get the horse exactly where you wanted it,” Gerald says.

Gerald got things corrected to his picture-perfect frame of reference, and then he started really clicking with his horses.

He even takes them along to cowboy church revivals with the Greater Waco Baptist Church. He uses his two horses to assist with evangelical outreaches while doing a cowboy mounted shooting performance for the audience

Gerald has enjoyed training and showing his horses, and he credits their love for cowboy mounted shooting for his success.

“They love their job, and they love going into the arena,” Gerald says. “They hunt the balloons for me, and they just eat it up.”

Winner Stats

Horse Name: WWR Kings Lone Star

Pedigree: 2012 gray mare (Mr Forty Six King-Dr Gay Sadie by Tru Tru King)

Breeder: Fred G. and Elaine C. Gist of Midland, Texas

Owner: Gerald McKelroy of Waco, Texas

Exhibitor: Gerald McKelroy

Total Class Entries: 11

World Champion Prizes: Custom-designed gold trophy; sterling-silver buckle, with 14-karat-gold overlay, courtesy of Awards Recognition Concepts; specially designed logoed jacket and world champion patch, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; and neck wreath

Reserve World Champion: WWR Wyo Hancock and Gerald McKelroy

Third Place: SB Lonesome And Blue and Sheri Balzer of Hartman, Arkansas