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New Mexico Territory Cowboy Mounted shooters was formed in New mexico in 2005 in order to promote the sport of mounted shooting throughout our area. We immediatly drew members from New Mexico, West Texas, Arizona, and even Colorado, hence the name New Mexico "Territory" since we didn't want anyone to miss out! NMTCMS is affliated with CMSA and we've included a bunch of information from their website below. NMTCMS holds mounted shooting events throughout the state and sometimes into texas and tracks the points of our members in accordance with the CMSA points system. Then in November we get together to celebrate the past season and award lots of year end prizes - buckles, tack, even saddles! Elsewhere on this website you'll find information about our events you can attend and members you can contact for more information on Cowboy Mounted shooting NMTCMS Style! For now, check out the info below from our parent organization CMSA.
What is CMSA?
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association® is the Fastest Growing Equestrian Sport in the Nation. Mounted contestants compete in this fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association "C.M.S.A." has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional.
Yes. It is required that you dress western. You may either dress in traditional western style or you can dress in the old time style of the late 1800's. Traditional style includes a long sleeve western shirt, 5 pocket blue jeans covered by chinks or chaps, western boots, and a cowboy hat. If you prefer 'rolling back the clock ' to the late 1800's try to look as authentic to the period as possible, by wearing shirts without collars, and high-waisted pants with buttons, not zippers, and an old style cowboy hat, for example.
No. You can use any horse or mule that you want. Some horses take to this sport easily, others do not. It is up to your horse's temperament and your desire to train him or her to get used to shooting, turning, and going fast. Some riders will use earplugs for themselves and their horses.
Mounted Shooters use .45 caliber single action revolvers like those used in the late 1800's. Single action revolvers must be cocked each time before firing by drawing the hammer back. A double action revolver can be fired by simply pulling the trigger, without cocking the hammer. Despite the use of double action revolvers in the Old West, the CMSA limits our competitions to single action revolvers. Only fixed sight single action revolvers of .45 Colt caliber, designed prior to 1898, or reproductions thereof, shall be allowed in CMSA competitions. Examples are: Colt Single Action Army or Bisley Model, Smith & Wesson Schofield, Russian, or Remington Models 1875 & 1890, their reproductions and Ruger Vaqueros, Bisleys or Montados.
Riders can buy 'off-the-shelf replicas' of the old time gun belts and holsters. Or, you can have custom-made gun belts and holsters to suit your wishes. There are several custom 'makers' that you can find in 'old west' magazines.
No. The cartridges fired are called .45 caliber Long Colts. The brass cartridge is loaded with black powder (like that used in the 1800's). This load will break a balloon up to about 15 feet. Live rounds are strictly prohibited at competitions.
Yes. There is a Men's Division, a Women's Division, and a Senior's Division, with Classes 1-6 in each of those divisions. There is also a Wrangler Class for those 11 and under. All riders start at Class 1. When a rider gets a qualified win as a Class 1 four times, they advance to Class 2, and when they get a qualified win in Class 2 four times, they advance to Class 3. Four wins at Class 3 and on to Class 4, 5 wins at Class 4, etc.
Yes... and no. The riders in the Wrangler class ride the same pattern that the grown-ups do, but they may shoot Hollywood cap pistols, engaging each target as if they were shooting real blanks. They then shoot the real McCoy (.45's with blanks) at balloons, from the ground while standing stationary with mom or dad at their side.
The riders are scored on time and accuracy. There is a 5 second penalty for each missed balloon, a 5 second penalty for dropping a gun, a 10 second penalty for not running the course correctly and a 60 second penalty for falling off your horse. Speed is important, however, accuracy is usually more important than speed. A typical pattern can be run in 15-35 seconds, so penalties can really hurt.
Safety in horse training and firearm handling are emphasized at all times. Many clubs sponsor clinics to assist new shooters in starting their horses and learn the basics of safe firearm handling. Range masters are in the arena at all times during competitions to insure safe riding and shooting is exercised. New shooters are usually required to demonstrate that they have achieved minimum acceptable levels of riding and shooting skills.
Yes. There are 50+ possible patterns. The patterns everyone will ride can be pre-determined or can be drawn out of a hat on the day of the competition. A competition may consist of 3 to 6 patterns a day. Each pattern consists of 10 balloons. To give you an idea of riding a pattern, let's say that there are 5 white balloons and 5 red balloons. The 5 white balloons may be grouped together in one place or spread out over the entire arena. The rider shoots all 5 white balloons first. Then, the rider holsters the first gun while riding to the far end of the arena, draws the second gun, and shoots the 5 red balloons, which are usually 5 in a row straight towards the finish line. This is called 'the Rundown'.
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CMSA Pro status is available to all Classes and Levels of competition. To be eligible to enter any sanctioned CMSA Pro or stand alone CMSA Pro event the CMSA member shall possess a CMSA Membership Card with Pro status noted. Cost is $50.00 per competition year and can be purchased on the cmsagear.com site. For information on CMSA dress code exclusions pertaining to wearing promotional logos, see Section 8.f i-x in the rulebook for complete details and restrictions.
$70 Includes full rights to compete and points tracked by State, Region & Nationally. Members receive an annual competition card, full login rights to the CMSA website, current rulebook and a subscription to the official publication of the CMSA, The Rundown.
Individual through an Affiliated Club: $70 (Must be paid with a CLUB check – Find a Club Near You) - Includes full rights to compete and points tracked by Club, State, Region amp; Nationally. Members receive an annual competition card, full login rights to the CMSA website, current rulebook and subscription to the official publication of the CMSA, The Rundown.
$100 Includes full rights to compete and points tracked by State, Region & Nationally for your entire family. Each family member receives an annual competition card, full login rights to the CMSA website, one current rulebook per family and a single subscription to the official publication of the CMSA, The Rundown. Family through an Affiliated Club: $100 (Must be paid with a CLUB check - Find a Club Near You) - Includes full rights to compete, have your points tracked by Club, State, Region & Nationally for your entire family. Each family member receives an annual competition card, full login rights to the CMSA website, one current rulebook per family and a single subscription to the official publication of the CMSA, The Rundown.
$35 Associate Membership is a one year developmental class and as such do not receive points, payback or prizes of any kind. Associate Members will count as a point (or points) for all competing Members who finish above them at a WPQ event. Associate Members may compete locally in WPQ and DWPQ events, but not at State, Regional, Classic or Championship Series events.
$450 Includes full rights to compete and have your points tracked by Club, State, Region & Nationally. Members receive a Gold Life Competition Card that never requires renewal, full login rights to the CMSA website, current rulebook and a subscription to the official publication of the CMSA, The Rundown and a plaque commemorating your lifetime commitment to the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association.