Cowboy mounted shooting is a fast paced, extremely visually entertaining sport based around shooting targets from horseback. Contestants ride a horse and shoot targets, while navigating a set course. The nature of the course can vary, with more or less targets, depending on the event.
The contestant who shoots the most targets in the shortest length of time is declared the winner. It should be noted that the guns do not fire live ammunition, but rather specialised rounds that will leave an impact on a target within a set distance. Riders also often dress as traditional cowboys, which lends much to the visual aspect of the sport. The cowboy outfit is not required, however, but largely expected by audience members.
Shooting targets from a moving horse is an extremely difficult task, especially given that the horses are being manoeuvred at such high speeds. A rider capable of hitting small target will have had to practice for many years, and have enormous skill in both shooting and equestrian disciplines. It has been said on many occasions that those who participate in cowboy mounted shooting are likely a great deal more skilled than actual cowboys, although there is no way to actually confirm or deny this. In general, however, cowboy mounted shooting tournament contestants are known as some of the most skilled sportsmen in the world.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Betting
Betting on cowboy mounted shooting is normally a case of simply predicting which rider will be the winner. Those who are more familiar with the sport, however, often place bets on how many targets a rider will hit, how many might be missed, and how quick a time the course will be achieved in. It is beneficial to know the layout of the course in advance, and take guesses at which the more difficult to hit targets will be. Placing bets on a specific target being missed can provide exceptional payouts much like mobile greyhound bets.
Those beyond the United States may find that their favourite online bookmaker does not provide betting options on cowboy mounted shooting events. It may be required to look at foreign online bookmakers to place bets, or request that a favourite bookmakers add betting options for the relatively niche sport.
History Of Cowboy Mounted Shooting
In the old west cowboys would often gather to demonstrate their skills at shooting and riding. It was thought that this was first done simply as a way for riders to pass time, but that the tradition later began to feature at old time festivals and fares. Cowboy mounted shooting eventually became an official sport with set rules and regulations, and has survived to this day.
The sport is most common in the United States, as would be expected, but has fans scattered across the world. It has also become common for bet makers to place bets on cowboy mounted shooting events, with the sport being called one of the most exciting and unpredictable bet making sports. Given that the sport is so old, many of the best contestants have long running records, which provides a good basis for bet makers may make predictions.