Cowboy Mounted Shooting in Brandon Manitoba

Cain and Snackbox Dually showing us how it’s done.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting (CMS) is one of the fastest growing equine sports in North America, and we are excited to be part of the action. On Sunday October 29th, we loaded up into the truck and headed into Brandon, which is about an hour and forty minute drive from the ranch, to check out the CMS event at the Keystone Center.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting (CMS) is a combination of horsemanship, gun handling and shooting skills and safety is of the utmost priority. Two .45 caliber single action revolvers with special blank ammunition are used to at shoot balloon targets while riding your horse through competition patterns, and there are over 100 patterns! CMS is a timed event with penalties are assessed for missed targets and overturned barrels. As CMS is relatively new to Canada, please visit the Manitoba Mounted Shooting Association website for details regarding requirements to this sport.

I’m not going to lie, guns are not my thing in any way shape or form (neither are balloons, but that’s just between you and me!). Clayton on the other hand is an avid hunter, so this is right up his ally. But we all wanted to watch our Snackbox Dually competing for the first time in a mounted shooting event, so I braved my phobias of guns and balloons, put on the big cowgirl panties and ventured out to the Keystone Center, and I’m sure glad we did.

We were met by Cain and Roberta Quam of Quam Performance Horses (who prepare and show our cutting, and now mounted shooting horses!) and our gorgeous and talented “Snack”. We had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people in both the Manitoba Mounted Shooting Association and the Saskatchewan Mounted Shooting Association. And of course, I would never go to a horse event without my camera. So enjoy some photos that I took. If it appears that I am a little heavy on the photos of Cain, Roberta and the other Saskatchewan shooters, I apologize for not coming fully prepared. I found myself without ample cards to be able to photograph everyone. I will be sure to come better prepared to the next shoot!

Cain, Roberta and their mounted shooting clan (Snackbox Dually included!) will be doing a CMS demo at the Yorkton Harvest Festival on November 7th and 8th. Demos will be held in the afternoon and during the evening rodeo performance. Be sure to head to Yorkton for the Harvest Festival and check out the mounted shooting!

For more information about CMS in our corner of the world, please visit the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, the Manitoba Mounted Shooting Association, and the Saskatchewan Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association.

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