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Shoot for the Stars

The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association hosted the best of the best in Amarillo, Texas, at the CMSA Tony Lama World Championship, which took place October 14–17. For the second year, APHA partnered with CMSA to add $1,500 to both the Open and Amateur divisions to recognize Paints that excel in the sport of mounted shooting.

Rob Boucher took home the Regular Registry Open CMSA title with Skips Tinker, a 2002 black tobiano mare by Mr Opie Cache (QH) and out of Tinkys Rose. Rob has only been shooting on “Maggie” for six months after transitioning her from roping to shooting. Rob credits Maggie’s easy-going personality and stout build for her success.

“I ran Maggie in the eliminator and shotgun classes, and it was only her second or third time in a big match running shotgun. In shotgun, I have to drop the reins and shoot the balloons with the shotgun. She’s so levelheaded that I drop the reins and she’s not going to take advantage of me. She’s just going to do her job,” Rob said. “She’s a very strong, well-built Paint, so that’s what really helps her. She’s one of those horses you never feel like you’re off balance on. We run a lot on heavy sand, and she’s got a good sound base on her.”

Rob was also the Overall Senior the weekend before the World Championship in the preliminaries on Saint Pats Illusion, a 2005 sorrel tobiano gelding by Saint Pats Cat and out of Little Royal San Bar (QH).

“I took first place on him in my Senior 4 class, and that’s when I moved up to Senior 5 for the World Championship,” Rob said. “I rode Maggie in the Paint classes, and ‘Shama’ in the main match.”

Congratulations to the following Paints and their riders:

Regular Registry Amateur CMSA, All Ages
1. Dynasty Heaven Bound, owned and ridden by Marty Hagedon
2. Red Hot Lucky Streak, owned and ridden by Jeanne Davis
3. Mylillywhiteone, owned and ridden by Joyce Nelson
4. Calico Impulsed Me, owned by Jeanne Ballard, ridden by Jessie Johnson- $1,170
5. Rocket Eight, owned and ridden by Hugh Shelton
6. Trailer Trash, owned and ridden by Kenneth Harris
7. Starrs Minnie Max, owned and ridden by Terri Clark
8. Honeys Miss American, owned and ridden by Jim Best

Solid Paint-Bred Amateur CMSA All Ages
1. Kings Couldabeengold, owned and ridden by Walker Dixon- $1,275

Solid Paint-Bred Open CMSA
1. Red Hot French Kiss, owned by Deanne Chapman, ridden by Paul Chapman-$1,170
2. Dixisroyaltrigger, owned and ridden by Tony Romano

Regular Registry Open CMSA
1. Skips Tinker, owned and ridden by Rob Boucher
2. SSM Koolers Rio Dun, owned and ridden by Kristi Jade Miller- $855
3. Flash Me A Wild Card, owned and ridden by Rock Clark


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