MSA is a national organization dedicated to holding the finest, most exciting mounted shooting competitions in the US and beyond. Mounted shooting events are similar to other timed rodeo events like barrel racing and many cow events. Founded in 2001, MSA is dedicated to earning a reputation of integrity, fairness and continuing excitement generated by innovating and pioneering within the sport of mounted shooting.
Competitors dress in cowboy attire dating from modern rodeo attire, all the way back to the old west era and the classic old west apparel. They are mounted on horses of any chosen breed and size, while most mounted shooting horses tend to be quarter horses with some cow experience in their breeding.
Competitors engage in courses of fire which consist of elevated balloon targets of various color combinations, usually made up of one light and one dark color, for a total of ten balloon targets per course. The competitors shoot the first five random targets with a single action .45 caliber firearm similar to those used in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by the American cowboy. Then, after holstering the first revolver, they engage the five targets in the "rundown". CONTINUE READING...