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Mounted Shooting Sports: a horse of a different color

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Mounted Shooting Sports: a horse of a different color

One of the fastest growing and most unique sports for equestrians is mounted shooting and it is currently gaining in popularity across the country. For the most part, riders use .45 caliber single-action western revolvers that fire black powder blanks, and, in its own right, the sport has proven to be one of the most challenging for both riders and Cowboy action shooters.

Horse of a different color
The sport entails shooters/riders firing revolvers at a series of 10 targets, usually balloons, while maneuvering assorted courses at high speed. Trying to just ride a horse without getting thrown off is hard enough for most of us, but doing that at high speed through a winding course, all the while shooting and hopefully hitting as many targets as possible in the shortest span of time, must be downright challenging.

It’s definitely a fast-paced and high-speed competition in which only the very best riders and shooters, and of course the best-trained horses, can compete. Obviously the shooter with the fastest time and the least amount of missed targets takes top honors, as well as the prize money and trophies.

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