The CMSA won its share of cash and laurels, while it kept the onlookers on their feet, as mounted shooters blazed their way to the forefront of this “Great American Western Horse Showdown.”
Article by Jim Rodgers
Photos by K.C. Montgomery
“The Battle in the Saddle–The Great American Western Horse Showdown,” was a reverberating triumph for both the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). CMSA shared the venue at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with several AQHA established events, including Cutting, Reining, Roping, Working Cow Horse, Ranch Remuda and Versatility Ranch Horse. It was a rousing contest between the best of the best in all disciplines with over $145,000 in added money. Cowboy Mounted Shooting was given the prime time position in the Saturday Night Finals at 7:00 PM in anticipation of the sport’s great spectator appeal. No one in the audience was disappointed, thanks to the superb riding and shooting from the CMSA’s members that was enhanced by Darren Moore’s skilled announcing.
To say the crowd went wild would be an understatement. The audience’s enthusiasm for Cowboy Mounted Shooting was incredible. Vendors left their booths in the entry corridor to rush to the main arena to see what precipitated the explosion of spectator cheers and excitement. The CMSA mounted shooters made a profound impression on all who attended the Battle in the Saddle. Our sport was the talk of the show and the event was imbued with a new appreciation for Cowboy Mounted Shooting and its viability as a quality timed event.