Cowboy Mounted Shooting
The Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association hold a competition on Sunday during Roots N’ Boots. This competition is FREE to watch. For details on ACMSA or how to enter this competition, see the ACMSA website or checkout the 2020 flyer below
Check out this video explaining Cowboy Mounted Shooting.
Cowboy mounted shooting is one of the nation’s fastest growing equestrian sports. 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.
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.