Welcome to the Swedish Mounted Shooters website and this summary page in english.
We are a club dedicated to the equine sport of cowboy mounted shooting. We have made it our mission to get the sport going in Sweden. That means promotion, practise, horse training, marksmanship, special equipment and everything else necessary for this sport to take off. We are also working with legislation issues to make competing in mounted shooting a valid reason for a swedish gun permit. Can we count on your support?
Our club is affiliated with the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association in U.S.A.
We conduct regular practises and clinics to make the sport grow and attract new shooters.
News in english:
August 16 - CMSA Swedish Nationals raises the bar
The CMSA Swedish Nationals 2009 gathered 18 european competitors and all helped to demonstrate that Cowboy Mounted Shooting is very much on the move around here. The competition was held august 15-16 in conjunction with the Ranch Team Challenge, a competition promoting all-around horses and teamwork in best-of-6 events, such as team sorting, reined cow horse, dummy roping and ranch trail.
There was great interest in our Matches from both spectators and competitors in other events. The general consensus is that our sport fit very well in with all the rest. Some of our shooters also took part in all the other events and their horses sure did a full days work and really excelled in being all-around in the best possible way.
When it came to the shooting there was fierce competition at the top. When the smoke had cleared there was only fractions of a second separating the Overall Cowboy Patrik Ekstrand of the Gunsmoke Riders, Hastveda, from Reserve Cowboy Roger Rahn - the Roger of Roger’s Area Western Riders in Boklund Germany. In the ladies division it wasn’t that tight - Overall Cowgirl Jessica Blixt of the Gunsmoke Riders managed to keep the Reserve Cowgirl Brith Jonsson, Swedish Mounted Shooters at an arms length, or rather 10 seconds, away. But Brith could still celebrate as she won her class, Ladies level 1 with a 15 second lead to Madde Neckfors.
We had the honour and pleasure of having three very promising juniors in the shoot. André Tullson won this class before Jacob Lonn and Svea Wegener, that had come all the way from Hamburg wirh her family and had to jump up on a new horse and just cowgirl up. Great job!
Thank you everyone that helped to make this work.
We think this event has been an important breakthrough in gaining general acceptance for our sport as we received so much positive feedback from arena management, the appointed vet and all the ranch style western riders. Even all the cows right outside the arena were cool with our shoot! And the sun was happy. What more could we ask for?
July 4th - Mounted shooting on the racetracks!
American Days at Jagersro Horse Race Tracks in Malmo for three days celebrated Fourth of July and all-american culture and lifestyle. The public was entertained by big cars, bigger cars, quarterbacks, race horses, american beer brands, country music and western riding events and much more. Our club was invited to show Cowboy Mounted Shooting and right on the racetracks in front of a huge crowd of people we performed a show/ mini competition on both friday and saturday. The weather was fantastic and there was a lot of spectators. Both audience and event managment were incredibly positive to the sport after our show and many came to ask questions. This is great PR for Cowboy Mounted Shooting and helps to create a positive word of mouth in the traditional swedish horse world. Thank you everybody that helped to make this event a success.
May 23 - Demo success at Malmö International Horse Show!
An audience of several hundred, maybe a thousand, people was thrilled as the swedish club put on a Cowboy Mounted Shooting demonstration this sunny and warm saturday by the sea.
The Malmö International Horse Show attracts event riders worldwide as it is one of the qualifying venues for the 2009 HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing. The course is situated by the sea right in the middle of town, admission is free and thus the event attracts lots of spectators. In this setting the Swedish Mounted Shooters were invited to do a Cowboy Mounted Shooting demonstration in between horsejumping events in the main outdoor arena. We managed to conduct a very well performed little show with three different stages including a parallell-race final at the end. Everything went very well and smooth. The riders and horses did a great job and received entusiastic cheering from the crowds. Off course we played up-tempo western music to spice up the show. Afterwards a lot of people, including event officials, came and told us how fun it looked, how good it had been and how well we performed. That of course makes us happy and proud. Thank you all club members and others that helped to pull this through.
We probably have done more good PR for the sport in Sweden with this demo than any other single event before. Good job!