Any cowboy can hit a target standing on solid ground; try aiming your six-shooter with your horse at full gallop. 

Cowboy Mounted Shooting is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the nation and it is once against coming to the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo Rapid City. 

Mounted shooting 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.  Dressed in 1800 western clothing, they do their best to hit all ten balloons as any missed balloon is a five second penalty.

Cowboy mounted shooting welcomes any level of rider! With ladies level 1-6, and men's level 1-6. Cowboy Mounted Shooting has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional.

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Competitions to be held Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday, Feb. 2 at 9 am in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The event is free to the public.  A Mounted Shooting Shoot Off will be held Friday, Feb. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. during the PRCA Rodeo Rapid City performance.

Tickets available at www.gotmine.com; 1-800-GOT-MINE; At Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office, Kiosks, or Silverado in Deadwood, SD.

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Managing editor

Chris Huber is the managing editor at the Rapid City Journal.