Cowboy mounted shooting, formed in 1991, is a fast-action timed event in which riders use two .45-caliber single-action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition to pop balloons on a course in an arena.
Cowboy mounted shooting is an AQHA-approved event, thanks to a partnership with the Cowboy
Mounted Shooting Association.
The first AQHA cowboy mounted shooting points were earned at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association National Championship on April 14, 2011, in Tunica, Mississippi. The qualifying period for the 2012 Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship ended at the CMSA World Championship, which was October 18-23, 2011, in Amarillo.
The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association is an AQHA Alliance Partner.
Find official AQHA rules for cowboy mounted shooting competition in the AQHA Handbook.