Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition

One of my assignments during the 2018 Nebraska State Fair was to cover the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition for the Omaha World-Herald. I had never even heard of this event let alone cover it. Cowboys and cowgirls competed in this timed event shooting at balloon targets set up in a pattern with single action .45 caliber pistols while on horseback.

Smoke billows out of Will Kennedy’s single action .45 pistol as he shoots through his last balloon target in a pattern during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

Jami Lindsley of Osceola, Neb. pulls back on the hammer of one of her two .45 pistols while taking aim to shoot red balloons riding on her horse Gunner during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

A cowboy rides out of a cloud of smoke to his next balloon target during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair.

Flames come out the end of the barrel of a .45 caliber pistol as a cowboy fires at a balloon target during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair.

A cowboy loses his hat while picking off balloon targets set up in a pattern during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair.

A plume of smoke comes out of the barrel of Shelly Henderson’s single action revolver while competing in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

Competitors are allowed two .45 caliber pistols loaded with blanks to shoot at balloon targets during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair.

David Travis rides upright in the saddle while taking aim with his single action revolver during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

Competitors use two single shot revolvers during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

Caleb Weisheit of Lushton, Neb. replaces a balloon target during the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition at the Nebraska State Fair Friday.

 

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