Horsing Around

When the average bro thinks of sports on a horse, he pictures snooty trust-fund types whacking balls in games of horseback croquet or uber-rich presidential candidates shipping ponies overseas to compete in horse ballet. He’s not wrong. But there was a time when horses were more than dance partners, and men rode them for a purpose: to get somewhere fast and shoot stuff.

Mounted shooting harks back to these beautiful, bygone days. The object of the sport is simple: Shoot ten balloon targets while riding a horse through a variety of challenging courses using blank cartridges fired from Old West-style single-action revolvers. It’s fast, it’s loud, it’s fun to watch, and there’s no dancing allowed.

Catch some of the best mounted shooting in the world at the World Colt Shooting Championship Saturday, September 21, at Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road. The competition is free and runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for more.

Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2013
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Zach Fowle
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