Shooting competition raises fund for Western Wishes

NEW ULM – Despite heavy rain Saturday afternoon, more than 30 mounted shooters from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota and Arizona helped raise $5,000 over the weekend for children and young adults facing adversity.

Some of the best mounted shooters in the country shot a .45 caliber, single-action revolver from horseback while maneuvering a course. Mounted shooting events are similar to other timed rodeo events like barrel racing and cattle events.

Competitors dress in cowboy attire dating from modern rodeo wear to the Old West era and Classic Old West apparel. They are mounted on horses of any breed and size, but most mounted shooting horses are quarter horses with some cow experience in their breeding, according to the 2nd Wing Renegade club, who hosted the event at the Kaboy Up Arena on Brown County Road 12, just west of New Ulm.

Shooters engage in courses of fire consisting of elevated balloon targets with guns used in the late 1800s and early 1900s by American cowboys.

Ammunition is made from black powder and rounds are blanks. No projectiles are used other than the hot embers that travel 10 to 15 feet and dissipate in a shot gun round type pattern, making it safe for all involved.

Other weekend events included a fun show featuring candy bar, keyhole, wheelbarrow and barrel racing. A silent auction featured saddle pads, boots, hand-beaded hat band, gun refurbishing/restoring certificates, necklaces and earrings. Live auction items included a granite and cherry wood coffee table, handmade rocking chair and live pheasant hunt for five in Sleepy Eye.

Horse trainer Dennis Auslam held a desensitizing clinic for problem horses that included trail riding, mounted shooting, a chance to learn better horse skills including gaining more control of horses’ feet and mind and learning self confidence in human abilities and developing a horse that has confidence.

2nd Wind Renegades Mounted Shooters promotes and produces events and educational programs nationwide. For more information, visit

Western Wishes is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults facing adversities using rodeo athletes, country music stars and other celebrities. For more information, visit

Kaboy Arena is located at 24016 CR 12, New Ulm.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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