Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Cowboy mounted shooting is one of the nation’s fastest growing equestrian sports and they join us again at EquiFest 2013 - to showcase their spectacular shooting 'skillz'! Mounted contestants compete in this fast action, timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. Courses of fire are set in a variety of patterns. The first half (5 targets) of a course of fire will vary with stage and often requires the horse and rider to rate speed, turn, change leads and accelerate. The second half (5 targets) is usually is a straight course with targets set at 36 foot intervals, called the "run down". Both horse handling ability and raw speed are showcased.
Typically, a competitor crosses the timing beam engaging the first pattern of five targets. After the shooter fires the fifth shot in the first revolver, the Cowboy or Cowgirl returns the empty revolver to a holster, draws a second revolver, turns around a barrel and then races to the far end of the arena shooting the balloons in the rundown. Matches are from 3 to 6 stages.
Scoring is based on elapsed time plus a five second penalty for each target missed or barrel knocked over. A course of fire normally takes a contestant between 10 and 35 seconds to complete, depending on the stage being run and the level of competence of the horse and rider. There are currently over 50 different courses of fire (stages).
There are no judges. You are competing against the clock! We have classes so every rider will have a competitive group in which to compete.
It takes time and training to participate in this sport. Almost every shooter started at a trot or even walking part of the course! New participants are cheered and encouraged.
Come watch this fast paced special demonstration - at EquiFest 2013!