Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition Comes to West Texas

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition Comes to West Texas

Cowboy Mounted Shooting, the nation's fastest-growing equestrian sport competition, was featured this weekend in West Texas during the Midland County Fair.
(Midland)—Local Big 2 News

Cowboy Mounted Shooting, the nation's fastest-growing equestrian sport competition, was featured this weekend in West Texas during the Midland County Fair.

Competitions for the sport in West Texas began almost three years ago, and since then, the Permian Basin has seen an increase in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association members in the area.

“Every month every week we're adding new shooters to our sport every discipline and also new riders people who've never ridden before have started,” said Jude Miller, the official range master for the Border War Shootout competition in Midland.

The idea of Cowboy Mounted Shooting is to shoot a pattern of targets in very short periods of time, all while riding a horse.

“You're shooting five balloons, swapping guns and turning a barrel and doing a run and you're doing that in 12 seconds and running a full size arena,” said competitor Tim Cowan.

The sport is for all ages and kids as young as 5-years-old can participate in the sport. There are six different levels of competence and as riders win competitions in every stage, they can continue to advance.

“It takes good horse skills and good gun skills and we're shooting actually black powder blanks they have no projectile so it makes it spectator safe sport,” Miller said.

The sport started more than 20 years ago and currently has more than 12,000 members nationwide.

“This is the funest thing you can do with the horse. You've got the adrenaline rush of it being a speed event plus you're shooting your gun it's very action packed every exciting,” Miller said.

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