Straight Shooters with Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Championships Return to Amarillo
From chasing outlaws out of town to the legendary Showdown at the OK Corral, cowboy shoot-outs always get our adrenalin pumping. The modern version, the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) Tony Lama World Championships is in Amarillo this week.
Competition is at the Amarillo National Center and early days start at 8 a.m. Friday night's Starline Showcase at 7 p.m. brings the world's top ten professional competitors in each of six divisions together to determine the CMSA's best horse and rider.
Roughly put, the sport of mounted shooting focuses on a cowboy or cowgirl, dressed in authentic western garb, riding the length of an arena as fast as possible while shooting small targets with either an 1873-style single-action revolver or a lever-action rifle. The fastest, most accurate competitor wins.
"This is an equine event, because you'll see handsome, athletic horses. And it is a Western event, because it celebrates the heritage of the cowboy of the Old West. But mainly, it is a spectator event because this action-packed sport is fast paced and very exciting," Phil Spangenberger, CMSA Director and co-founder, explains.
Mounted shooting is a timed-event with each competitor firing 10 shots at 10 balloon targets arranged in a specific pattern. Based on a competitor's experience and the pattern, a single run will vary between 10-25 seconds. Special blank target ammunition, designed to reach the target and no further, is used by all CMSA competitors. As the competition advances through higher rounds, leading to the finals, the runs get faster and the action heats up.
The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association is the governing organization of the sport and promulgates the rules and tracks the competitors of more than 100 affiliated clubs.
Visit the CMSA website at www.cowboymountedshooting.com