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What is Mounted Shooters of America (MSA)

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 timed cattle 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".

Ammunition used for engaging the targets is made from black powder and the rounds are blanks, with no projectile other than the hot embers that travel ten to fifteen feet and dissipate in a shot gun round type pattern. MSA ammunition is safe for horses, competitors and spectators while used as intended

Courses of fire are designed to test riders ability to control their equine partners at various speeds, while making lead and direction changes similar to those seen in barrel racing and other speed events. While speed is important, accuracy within any given course or stage, is also very important to a competitors success. For every missed balloon target, a competitor is assessed a five second penalty, to be added to that particular run. Additional penalties include five second penalties for knocking over a barrel and a ten second penalty for not running the course in the proper order. The range master has the final call on all arena activity and there is no over riding process.

Competitors are split into four Levels: Rookie, Non-Pro, Semi-Pro, and Pro.  These Levels will be split by gender and age.  The Rookie level is for anyone who has no prior affiliation with any mounted shooting organization or is a level one in other shooting organizations.   The Non Pro level is made up by new mounted shooters and members from other shooting organizations that are level two.  The Semi Pro level is made up of competitors who have earned a class ranking in another organization of three or four or has moved up with qualified wins at MSA sanctioned events. The Pro  is an individual who is a level five or six in another shooting organization.

MSA has added an Apprentice Division. The Apprentice Division is for anyone who is new to Mounted Shooting competitions and is working towards putting together the course management and shooting pieces of the sport.  An Apprentice will ride the course then they will have the opportunity to shoot from the ground.  This allows new competitors the ability to compete their course management skills while still working on their full training  for the sport.


Generous payouts

MSA Payouts are based on Pay back of gross entry fees. Our Divisional format provides legitimate pay-outs to those who win. Added money will always be an important goal as the MSA focus is on giving back to its members as our great sport grows.

Xtreme Qualifiers

Xtreme Qualifiers offer 3 levels, gender split; Non-Pro, Semi-Pro and Pro.  This exciting event runs two stages with the third stage being for the top competitors to run for the money in a Superstar Final.  They are usually run as a lead up event to a major Championship event, although clubs may now run Qualifiers as an additional event.

Club Cup

2015 MSA Club Cup:  The club with the most points for their hosted events in the 2015 competition season will receive a Trophy Cup, a single action rifle, and $1000 donation to the charity of their choice. 


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