Mounted shooters aim to please at Eau Claire County fair

Kristi Schumacher
Cowboy mounted shooting is one of the nation's fastest growing equine sports.

Once again, the Expo Center in Eau Claire is a hub of activity as the 2017 Junior Fair ran from Wed. July25 through Sun. July 29.

Entries in woodworking, canning, baked goods, and all types of artwork could be seen as well as the ever popular photography and Legos. Dairy entries were up this year, and the beef, swine and sheep auction was very well attended, and this year's auctioneer was Steve Strey.

The highlight of the fair has to be the cowboy mounted shooting competition. This is one of the nation's fastest growing equine sports.

These men, women and children like to ride,and like to shoot. Each rider uses two .45 caliber single action revolvers,each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blanks using black powder. Children under 12 use cap guns only. Each competitor runs the pattern, shooting the targets(balloons). Scoring is based on elapsed time with a 5 second penalty for each target missed or barrel knocked down. Mounted Justice is the Wisconsin chapter of the CMSA (Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association). There are also clubs in Minnesota, Iowa, and northern Illinois.

The club has three sections under their mission statement: those who ride and shoot for fun; those who want to compete casually and those who believe in the "old west" and want to compete and follow the rules to the letter.

To find out more about this exciting equine sport, check out their website at