Mounted Shooting Association® is the Fastest Growing Equestrian
Sport in the Nation. 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. The Cowboy
Mounted Shooting Association "C.M.S.A." has a variety
of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels
to the seasoned professional.
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there levels of skill?
There is a Men's Division, a Women's Division, and a Senior's
Division, with Classes 1-6 in each of those divisions. There
is also a Wrangler Class for those 11 and under. All riders
start at Class 1. When a rider wins Class 1 twice, they
advance to Class 2, and when they win Class 2 three times,
they advance to Class 3. Four wins at Class 3 and on to
Class 4, etc. There is also a prize for the best score overall
where age or gender does not matter. Mom competes against
Dad who competes against the kids.
Do the kids ride and shoot?
and no. The riders in the Wrangler class ride the same pattern
that the grown-ups do, but they may shoot Hollywood cap
pistols, engaging each target as if they were shooting real
blanks. They then shoot the real McCoy (.45's with blanks)
at balloons, from the ground while standing stationary with
mom or dad at their side.
riders are scored on time and accuracy. There is a 5 second
penalty for each missed balloon, a 5 second penalty for
dropping a gun, a 10 second penalty for not running the
course correctly and a 60 second penalty for falling off
your horse. Speed is important, however, accuracy is usually
more important than speed. A typical pattern can be run
in 15-35 seconds, so penalties can really hurt.
in horse training and firearm handling are emphasized at
all times. Many clubs sponsor clinics to assist new shooters
in starting their horses and learn the basics of safe firearm
handling. Range masters are in the arena at all times during
competitions to insure safe riding and shooting is exercised.
New shooters are usually required to demonstrate that they
have achieved minimum acceptable levels of riding and shooting
there a pattern to ride?
There are 50+ possible patterns. The patterns everyone will
ride can be pre-determined or can be drawn out of a hat
on the day of the competition. A competition may consist
of 3 to 6 patterns a day. Each pattern consists of 10 balloons.
To give you an idea of riding a pattern, let's say that
there are 5 white balloons and 5 red balloons. The 5 white
balloons may be grouped together in one place or spread
out over the entire arena. The rider shoots all 5 white
balloons first. Then, the rider holsters the first gun while
riding to the far end of the arena, draws the second gun,
and shoots the 5 red balloons, which are usually 5 in a
row straight towards the finish line. This is called 'the
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