It combines elements of Wild West Show exhibition shooting along with the skills of barrel racing, pole bending and reining while using two .45 caliber single action revolvers loaded with black powder blanks. The object of the game is to shoot ten balloon targets while riding your mount through a variety of challenging courses. It's a timed sport in which the competitor who rides the fastest with the least amount of missed targets wins.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting is open to all levels of riders and all breeds of equine. Each Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) member enters the sport at the Class 1 level and moves up through the levels as experience and competition wins are achieved. These include Men's Class 1-6, Ladies Class 1-6 and Senior Classes 1-6, as well as a Wrangler Class for members 11 years of age and younger. All CMSA member achievements are tracked and World Points are earned at all CMSA sanctioned competitions. The number of points for each event varies and can accumulate to offer members year-end awards, prizes and contests entries.
Kansas CMSA wants you to become a part of the great American equestrian experience by becoming a member. Be prepared to meet the friendliest and most social people in the equestrian world. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a family sport dedicated to keeping our Western Heritage alive and the spirit of the West lives in the game and the people who surround it.