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Riding and revolvers return: Mounted shooting event is back at Beltrami County Fairgrounds
BemidjiPioneer.com ^ | 7/11/14 | Malachi Petersen

Posted on 07/11/2014 6:05:35 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

BEMIDJI -- Guns will be drawn and shots will be fired this weekend, but it will all be in good fun.

The Wild Rice Peacemakers, a cowboy mounted shooting club, will host the third annual Blackduck Dental Clinic Raid on the Gold Mine shooting competition this weekend at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds.

The two-day event will feature mounted shooting and cash prizes.

The competition involves competitors on horseback riding through a course to shoot a total of 10 balloon targets. Participants must shoot five of the balloons with a revolver before drawing a second revolver to shoot remaining targets. Competitors will advance in rounds depending on the time it takes to ride through the course and destroy all targets.

Kris Klasen, an event organizer, said one of the challenging aspects of the competition is the special patterns in which the balloons are set. There are 62 different patterns of balloons and the specific pattern a rider will encounter is not known until the day of the competition.

"It's pretty hard to practice them and know what it's going to be," she said.

Riders will need to be both fast and accurate during the course. Missed balloons come with a five-second penalty, knocked down barrels cost five seconds, and if a rider falls off the horse, a costly minute will be added to his or her time.

For adult competitions, there will be an overall prize jackpot for the fastest times. Riders do not have to enter into the jackpot, but for an extra $20 a competitor could have a chance to win up to $500 in prize money.

Klasen said in addition to the adult competitions there will also be classes for children. Participants younger than 12 can ride through the course and shoot the balloons with cap guns.

"(Twelve) and under the kids run the pattern and 11 and under, they don't even have to shoot they can just run the pattern," Klasen said. "(Twelve and older) shoot with cap guns so they're starting to learn the pattern and how to shoot."

According to Klasen, last year's event drew about 78 competitors and the same is expected this year. The event will be free and open to the public but only people who have shooting experience will be allowed to enter into the competition.

"You have to have chinks, which are chaps that cover your legs for protection, you have to wear a western shirt, cowboy boots, cowboy hat -- you need the holsters and the guns. It's a little bit to get set up," Klasen said.


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Never happen in Minneapolis


1 posted on 07/11/2014 6:05:35 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Believe it or not, I attended a seminar about this sport. So if you have to ask, .44 Long Colt blanks.


2 posted on 07/11/2014 6:08:50 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

A co-worker does these competitions and travels quite a bit for them. I don’t know whether he goes this far away from OK, though.


3 posted on 07/11/2014 6:10:30 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Believe it or not, I used to live in Bemidji.


4 posted on 07/11/2014 6:10:45 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: 1rudeboy

First I’ve seen this. Did you participate?


5 posted on 07/11/2014 6:11:45 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: carriage_hill; Clint N. Suhks; advertising guy

This is how we roll “Up Nort” ;-)


6 posted on 07/11/2014 6:15:54 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
No, I'm not wealthy enough to own a quarterhorse. But I went to the seminar anyway to find out what this guy (a champion) was shooting.

Ten balloons, two guns in quick-draw holsters. You don't have the time to reload.

7 posted on 07/11/2014 6:29:53 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Yeah, horse-poor, myself. Looks like fun, based on the photo in the story.


8 posted on 07/11/2014 6:31:56 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: MagUSNRET

Hay involved ?


9 posted on 07/11/2014 6:32:57 PM PDT by advertising guy ( <------------- lotta white in here ------------>)
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To: advertising guy

If there is, you better make certain ALL of your weapons are loaded! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 07/11/2014 6:36:57 PM PDT by MagUSNRET
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Heck, now I don't remember. Maybe .45 Long Colt blanks?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG6CUhLamsw">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG6CUhLamsw

Funny thing about the guy, I asked him how he cleans his weapons. He said that he soaks them in diesel fuel, and after wiping them off, lets them drip-dry.

11 posted on 07/11/2014 6:38:54 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: MagUSNRET

Mail too. And smilin like a big dog


12 posted on 07/11/2014 6:39:26 PM PDT by advertising guy ( <------------- lotta white in here ------------>)
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To: 1rudeboy

Yep. Single action .45’s.

Whatta hoot!


13 posted on 07/11/2014 6:43:16 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

14 posted on 07/11/2014 6:52:09 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Kendra Lenseigna 2009 World Champion Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association “History Maker”

pic.twitter.com/l98xjJGOtA

Not your average rider.


15 posted on 07/11/2014 7:50:51 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Sorry about the bad link:

Kendra Lenseigna 2009 World Champion Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association “History Maker”

https://twitter.com/TrucksHorsesDog/status/462677805285658624/photo/1

Not your average rider.


16 posted on 07/11/2014 7:52:49 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: Texas Fossil

Nice...

I’m in love.

;-)


17 posted on 07/11/2014 7:57:32 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

A little music associated with Bemidji from a great show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vks1S2b1r98


18 posted on 07/11/2014 8:02:59 PM PDT by gusty
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To: MagUSNRET

It’s good to be Up Nort in the summer. Mind if I borrow your lake house and do a little Pike fishin’?


19 posted on 07/11/2014 9:00:14 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks ( Laughter is the best medicine, unless you have diarrhea.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I believe that pistol is real. Not toy.

Not many horses will let you shoot off of them.

There is a lot to say for revolvers and saddle guns.

And it is a rare woman who competes in this type of event.


20 posted on 07/12/2014 1:19:03 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I’m assuming these are double-action? Wow, it sure looks like FUN!!!!


21 posted on 07/12/2014 2:26:39 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Texas Fossil
Holy cow! What a babe!

I'll bet many otherwise strong, sensible men become babbling idiots in her presence! {^) Can't blame 'em! You'd better believe that she has a very shapely derriere, being a horsewoman. That kind of thing is sometimes distracting to gentlemen. =^]

Too incredible to be real ... yet she IS! And she's probably a conservative, too!! {^) Folks in cowboy action shooting generally are.

God makes so many gorgeous daisies among us!

22 posted on 07/12/2014 2:34:59 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

Single action.


23 posted on 07/12/2014 3:24:23 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I should know that! {^) I have some friends in mounted shooting. I shoot single-action Ruger .45 long colts, Vaqueros. One in each paw, “gunfighter” style! But NOT from the back of a galloping horse!


24 posted on 07/12/2014 4:44:34 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Finny

I have trouble enough just staying on a horse...


25 posted on 07/12/2014 4:47:57 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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