Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cowboy mounted shooting debuts at Nebraska State Fair

In the Old West, the handgun, shotgun and rifle were important tools for self-defense and survival. Being proficient with a weapon was important. Being proficient with a weapon while riding a horse was even better.

On Thursday at the Nebraska State Fair, modern-day cowboys, some of the best riders and shooters in the state, gathered for a cowboy mounted shooting demonstration and competition at Thompson Arena.

Cowboy mounted shooting has a historical link to shooting and riding demonstrations featured in the wild west shows of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show once performed in Grand Island.

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