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On target with Mounting Shooting

Been thinking about trying Mounted Shooting? Here are folks to help get you started in 2016.

From Horsetrader Sales Staff - January 7th, 2016 - Feature Article, Special Section

Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assn.
ACMSA is the oldest mounted shooting club and first affiliate to our parent organization CMSA (CMSA.com). The club is dedicated to growing the sport of mounted shooting, and its members helped to develop the Royce Anderson Family Arena, the world’s first Mounted Shooting Center at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Ariz.

This past season the ACMSA organized and held 19 shoots, including big events such as AQHA’s Sun Circuit at West World, Southwest Regional Championships and Arizona State Championships at Horseshoe Park in Queen Creek, as well as at the Arizona Game and Fish Expo at the Ben Avery venue. The group also showcased mounted shooting at Banner Ironwood Medical Center’s Roots n’ Boots event at Horseshoe Park, and at the Flagstaff Pro Rodeo.

Looking for some help? ACMSA has top talent holding numerous World, National and State titles,  members such as Kenda Lenseigne,  Dan Byrd, Jesse Kuka and Tony Romano, working with every level of rider from lead-line kids, beginners, intermediate to advanced. You can find someone to help you with everything from finished horses, horse training, private lesson, clinics, group practices and weekend jackpot shoots.

With a variety of venues, events and plenty of folks eager to share their sport, the ACMSA is sure to provide something just about every weekend of the year. They welcome visitors to “the birthplace of mounted shooting.” See ad on page 15.

Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre
Queen Creek, Arizona
This majestic facility, located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, provides ample opportunity for events of both the English and Western equestrian persuasion, as well as home shows, RV and car shows, concerts and weddings. Quiet and secluded yet conveniently located to Phoenix International Airport, venues in and around the City of Phoenix, and easily accessed from two major freeways, Horseshoe Park was constructed with flexibility in mind.

Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre is designed to accommodate a wide variety of events. Whether you’re planning a sports competition, the wedding of your dreams or a corporate picnic, this beautiful facility will serve as a spectacular location!

The main covered arena offers 388 box seats and 3,000 bleacher seats making it the ideal space for large events. Arena 2 offers 200 bleacher seats; and arena 3 and 4 offer 50 bleacher seats each. The arenas are laser-leveled with RD Kiser designed footing. Mixed with a 12” depth consistency, this multi-purpose mixture is suitable for all equestrian disciplines. All arenas/rings are lighted. With fencing, barns and holding pens designed to accommodate every type of livestock, Horseshoe Park can meet the specific needs of your event.

Horseshoe Park boasts 300-stall barn space, with another 100 stalls in the planning stages and room for 200 temporary stalls. The parking areas can accommodate up to 290 trailers and up to 260 spectators. There are seven vendor hookups located throughout the park and 40 RV slots with 50 amp electric and water hookups.
With spectacular weather throughout the year, beautiful scenery and outstanding customer service, Horseshow Park and Equestrian Centre is a choice venue in the region. See ad on page 14.

Roy Rogers Rangers
John and Cathy Hendrick
For 16 years, the Roy Rogers Rangers Mounted Shooting Club has set the standard for producing quality clinics, practices, shows and world class competitions. The Rangers have established a long history of professionalism, excellence and reliability in the mounted shooting sports industry. The sport of mounted shooting offers fun for the whole family. We continue to procure great venues, hold regular practices, clinics, demonstrations, and competitions.  The club is partnered with Kenny Lawson’s Silver Dollar Ranch Horsemanship and Training Center to help mounted shooters from beginner to winner. Practice is held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Vista Palomar Riders Club and host regular competitions throughout San Diego and Riverside County. As evidenced by the hard work and dedication of our membership, the Roy Rogers Rangers are consistently in the winner’s circle at local, National and World Championship mounted shooting events.

Over the last few years, the Roy Rogers Rangers have had over 50,000 spectators at our shows during various rodeos and mounted shooting events, including L.A. County, Norco,  and Del Mar’s San Diego Fair, just to name a few. An upcoming calendar of exciting venues including the International Border Wars in Queen Creek, Ariz.; The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo in May; and the Del Mar Fair in June.  If you are looking for the best and most progressive Mounted Shooting Club to fit your needs, budget and time-lines, look no further than the Roy Rogers Rangers. They listen and have responded with exceptional events, activities and quality venues.  See ad on page 16.

Silver Dollar Ranch
Kenny Lawson, Trainer
It comes as no surprise that Cowboy Mounted Shooting is quickly gaining momentum in California. The sport offers something for everyone. You will find an equal amount of men and women from all ages. The sport is thrilling, challenging and very rewarding. Kenny Lawson competes with his three kids and his wife, all at different levels of speed and competitiveness. This sport requires training for the horse and rider just like any other equestrian sport, and Kenny Lawson’s training program is designed to meet the horse and rider at their level of education and grow from there. The program is also designed to help with all the elements of Cowboy Mounted Shooting, from the purchase of the equipment to understanding the rules, course management and taking you all the way to the competition arena. If you have interest in Cowboy Mounted Shooting, getting professional help is highly recommended. It will save you time and money. Silver Dollar Ranch is located in Valley Center. See ad on page 13.

SoCal Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assn.
Southern California’s Norco area club, the SoCal CMSA holds events, practices and clinics throughout the year. Their motto is “Ride Hard, Shoot Straight” and their club members tout many state and regional championship titles. Most of all, this club has fun! Nick and Lisa Kay head up the group and offer private lessons and group clinics in the Basics of Mounted Shooting, Horse Acclimation, and Gun Safety. Lisa says it takes a special horse to compete is mounted shooting and that there is an art to successfully train a horse and rider. Typically, a good horse will need about 90 or so days of training to be competition -ready. Contact Nick and Lisa to attend an upcoming event and experience the exciting sport of mounted shooting. See ad on page 16.

Victor Penner Natural Horsemanship
Victor Penner is a horsemanship instructor operating out of the Palmdale/Lancaster area. He offers a horsemanship club, clinics, and private lessons in a variety of subjects, including starting young horses, low stress trailering, cow work, sensory training, safe trail riding, mounted patrol and cowboy mounted shooting competition.
Victor believes the goal of natural horsemanship is to establish a relationship between human and horse, based on communication, trust, and respect. His students learn to understand the psychology of the horse, the horse’s language, how to read the horse, and how to help the horse read his human.
Victor has been involved in horsemanship since 1993, and has been competing in mounted shooting for seventeen of those years. During his time as vice president of the California Desperados, Victor handled sensory training and new rider clinics for the club. He has donated his time to help train the L.A. Sheriffs Palmdale Volunteer Mounted Unit, and has taught clinics for the Bakersfield Search and Rescue along with a variety of other private groups.
In 2009 he started the Victor Penner Horsemanship Club, modeling it after a martial arts program. Offering monthly group lessons and play days, the club helps people build a strong foundation while improving their horsemanship. Victor offers a permanent trail course on site, along with thousands of acres of trail riding available right out of the gate! To learn more about the club and other upcoming events, visit his website. See ad on page 18.

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