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World of Mounted Shooting


Cody Clark from Columbia, Tennessee took the top spot in the first World of Mounted Shooting event, held January 9, 2016 at the Show Place Arena in Memphis, TN. A crowd of about 1,000 came to watch these top CMSA shooters compete. Cody’s first place prize was $5,000. Cody was also the 2015 CMSA National Champion. Out of the 24 shooters, the top five placers and money winners included: Stephen Wilson, earning second place and a $4,000 prize. Stephen Wilson is one of the top shooters in the 1st Ohio CMSA. In third was Charlie Little, earning a not-too-shabby $3,000. 

Charlie set a world record time of 12.769 on Course 50 at CMSA’s Eastern Championship in Murfreesboro, TN in 2012.
His brother Chad (who didn’t place here) was 2011 Overall Reserve World Champion. Collin Esau placed fourth to take home $2,000. Esau is one of the top shooters in CMSA of Oklahoma and won the National High Point Limited Men for 2013. Rounding out fifth was Mitchell Kramer, winner of $1,000. Mitchell Kramer and Winston won the Men's AA Montana Silversmith Double Down at the CMSA US Central Championships last June. In addition to the cash payout, the winners each received a bag of Roasted To Perfection horse feed.
Dubbed “Shootout at the Show Place,” the 24 competitors for this inaugural event were selected from the 25 fastest men and 25 fastest women in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA). Their names were drawn “out of the hat” and invited to participate. At the event, competitors ran “The Domino” and “The Fast Five” patterns. Each competitor had two runs and their times were combined, plus any penalties were added.
Mounted shooting is ridden in traditional Western clothing and tack, using twin .45 caliber single action revolvers. Mounted Shooting is a competitive event in which the challengers navigate the set course on horseback, taking aim at ten balloon targets with cartridges loaded with black powder blanks. Contestants are judged by their raw time, added with the cost of any penalties, such as a missed target.
The World of Mounted Shooting has elevated the sport into a full entertainment event like the old Wild West Shows of the late 19th century. Thomas Porter is founder and CEO of the World of Mounted Shooting, home based in Greenbrier, Arkansas.
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