Learn How a Growing Family Sport Got It’s Start
Technically, mounted shooting has been with us since the beginning of horses and firearms. Being a skilled mounted shooter was an important component of the cavalry, and of course we all remember the old Western movies where good guys and bad guys chased each other at a full gallop while shooting. The sport of today was started by Jim Rodgers, affectionately called, “Mr. CMSA #1.” Jim had an infatuation with the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, and wanted to shoot from horseback. The first organized mounted shooting event was in 1992, with just 3 contestants. In 1994, Jim was the co-founder of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, thus CMSA is celebrating its 20th year (full story at www.CowboyMountedShooting.com).
It will be a great year to get involved in this family sport, with contestants as young as 4 and up into their 80’s. Grandparents compete alongside their grandkids, teaching respect for firearms and horses starting at a young age. All shooters start out as a Level 1, even if you’ve never shot before. The new season is just beginning, and there are several mounted shooting clubs in the greater Pacific Northwest. For information on a club near you contact www.CowboyMountedShooting.com. In Western WA, www.WesternWashingtonMountedShooters.com. Or call 425 985-8321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 January-May Local Events:
Jan. 31 – Feb 2, Applegate Trail Peacemakers Winter Shoot #2, Linn County Expo Center, Albany, OR
April 25-27, CMSA Applegate Trail Peacemakers, Winter Shoot #3, Terrebonne, OR
May 9-11, CMSA Columbia Basin Mounted Shooters, Oregon State Championships, Hermiston, OR and Pacific NW Regionals
Published January 2014 Issue