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CMSA Eastern US Championship


The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) brought their Eastern US Championship to the Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, TN September 8-12, 2020, which has been held there since 2004. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the event. The show attracted 233 entries from all over the U.S. to vie in 26 classes, and offered live streaming of the event from their website. Winners took home over $78,000 in cash and awards. Mr. Quigley was the official photographer, with ZOC Productions videotaping the runs.

“The CMSA Futurity and Stallion Incentive, starting September 9, is also held in Murfreesboro, TN, when we see some up and coming equine champions for our sport. These four-year-olds have strict rules and cannot be entered and ridden in a competition before this event. We are seeing great young horses from this select breeding program.

“Brett Borkowski won the Stallion Incentive and took home over $9,000,” said Tammy Coffman with CMSA. The 2020 CMSA Futurity Horse of the Year is Rowdy Red Outlaw (Aaron Bollhoefer), earning a Jim Rogers trophy and a halter.

This week’s events also included the Cavalry World Championship. The 2020 World Champion Cavalry winner is John Krantz III of Springfield, TN.

Top 10 at the Eastern U.S. Championship:
Champion Cowboy - Curt Moore of Paradise, TX
Champion Cowgirl - Biven Chapman of Larkspur, CO
Reserve Cowboy - Dawson Smith of Cumming, GA
Reserve Cowgirl - Elizabeth Clavette of Iva, SC
Zane Chunn
Reese Guier
Eric Nelson
Megan Comstock
Abby Esau
Brett Borkowski

History of the sport.
Mounted Shooting began with the drills that were used to hone the skills of cavalrymen and moved to the entertainment realm with mounted shooting exhibitions in the Wild West Shows of yesteryear. Cowboy Mounted Shooting as competitive, timed event began at Winter Range in February, 1992 at Ben Avery Shooting Range north of Phoenix, Arizona. This first event had three contestants. As interest in the sport grew, there were 13 contestants in the 1993 Mounted Shooting Nationals at Winter Range that included Denise Darr, the first cowgirl competitor. In 1994 the organization held the first annual CMSA Championship with 29 riders. With each year, the number of competitors grew and spread through multiple states out west. The exponential growth of CMSA and Cowboy Mounted Shooting continued into the 21st century, with 2003 seeing growth in the eastern states. By 2014 the CMSA celebrated its 20th anniversary and its affiliated clubs produced nearly 700 events, including such venues as the AQHA-CMSA World Championships at the Houston Stock Show, the Denver Stock Show, the Sun Circuit, the Ft. Worth Stock Show, and the Quarter Horse Congress.
Find complete information at the CMSA website: and on facebook at Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association. 

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