Several weeks ago we traveled to a gun shop (you're shocked, I know) to buy some pistol primers. While there we saw an advertisement for the Keystone Cowboys' upcoming match at the local fair grounds. Thinking that our daughter, who likes all things country and who doesn't get out much, would like it, we drove over the mountain this afternoon to check it out. I thought to take my camera! Eureka! I hope you can get a sense of what we saw because it was lots of fun even though we don't own a horse, we don't want to own a horse (well, my daughter does but not us.), I've either fallen off or gotten bucked off of every horse I've ever been on, we don't like to dress up as cowboys, horses are hay burners as are dairy cows but at least our cows paid for their hay with milk-but I digress, we just plain don't have time to add this as a hobby right now (much to my daughter's disappointment).
I was very surprised that "wranglers" as they are called when they compete come in all shapes and sizes. This is what you'd expect to see.
But there were also quite a few ladies there as well!! This pretty little lady on the left even had bling for her horse! See the pretty rhinestone flowers right underneath the ear? And isn't her horse just as exquisite as she is?
As you can see, headgear was a matter of choice. Considering my record with horses, I'd opt for the crash helmet! LOL!
The lady above was all business while some of the others just seemed to trot through their pattern. I guess it had to do with how well trained the horses had their riders or how well trained the riders had their horses. I think it was a combination of both!
As you can see, there was a lot of pink there. Not
only do they ride, they also support breast cancer awareness.
I really like it that even the horse above wore pink ribbons in the mane! I'm starting to think that maybe horses aren't so bad after all.
There were some older competitors too. I think the oldest one was 76 years old! And there was this guy. Can you believe that he wears white to these competitions? Honestly, I admire his wife!
And then there was the younger crowd!
Here are my favorite shots of the day. Primitive I know, but I just like them!
I think he might have missed this shot!
Can you see the busted balloon in the air? Isn't that cool?
I like how the dust and smoke are in this photo.
This is from the balloon's perspective! LOL!
I have to admit that the favorite part of the day, outside of being with my hubby and daughter, was meeting this little hunk of sweetness and gentile horse flesh (only a southerner knows how to spell that word). Her name is Bea and she and I became fast friends as I rubbed her head while chatting with her wrangler about scoring, strategy, traveling, guns, black powder pistols and such.
Isn't she the cutest?
So if you're looking for something to do, you own a horse and you like to shoot guns at balloons, I recommend Cowboy Mounted Shooting. It looks like it's a hoot and you'll meet some very nice people along the way.