What is Mounted Shooting?
Mounted shooting is an exciting new equestrian sport that combines some of the highest quality of horsemanship along with gun handling and target shooting. Competitors race through various patterns of barrels and poles within an arena while firing .45 caliber pistols loaded with black powder blanks at balloon targets. Scoring is based on elapsed time plus a five second penalty for each target missed or barrel knocked over. An average course of fire normally takes a contestant between 10 and 30 seconds to complete.