What is Cowboy Mounted Shooting?


If you like western movies, cowboys and guns, then you will love this.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a riding shooting event run against the clock.


What do I need to play?

A horse broken to gunfire.

Two single action pistols in 45 Colt caliber.

Fairly authentic 1800ís type clothes and tack.

A reasonable amount of riding skill and safe gun handling ability.

Enough nerve to face enraged balloons with only a pair of sixguns loaded with black powder blanks to defend yourself.

Is it dangerous?

No more than barrel racing or calf roping! Only Kidding... But you do have to ride a horse... preferable one who doesn't object to loud noises!


What makes the balloons pop?

The guns are loaded with Black Powder blanks - only! These blanks have no projectiles, but the black powder will pop the balloons within a 10-15 feet distance.

How do the matches work?

Matches are comprised of 3 to 6 "runs". Each prescribed course or "run" is different. The runs consist of 10 balloons mounted on poles that you must shoot in a prescribed order. The courses are set up with short angles and barrels to turn along with full speed straight-a-ways and hard stops. All of this is done against a timer. The lowest elapsed time wins. There are certain infractions that can incur penalties and missed balloons add 5 seconds to your time. Only one rider competes at a time. Safety for riders, horses and spectators is strictly supervised.

Where can I learn more or practice?




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