Mounted shooters were the main attraction January 27 at the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas. The shoot, which was put on by the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, featured sharpshooters and their horses racing against the clock in revolver, rifle and shotgun classes.
The ladies won the day in the APHA Open and Amateur divisions. Lisa Dippel took home the APHA Amateur champion title with Guns Dot Com, a 2010 sorrel solid stallion by Spooks Gotta Gun and out of Chic Missin (QH). Lisa bred and raised the stallion to be a reiner before she discovered his natural talent as a shooting horse.
“I needed a backup horse, and he was in reining training. He wasn’t going to be an Open horse—he was just kind of half-hearted about reining—so I said, ‘You know, I need a backup horse for my shooting. I’ll just bring him home,’ ” Lisa said.
Lisa has found reining to be a perfect complement to mounted shooting in her breeding and training operation.
“They’re so maneuverable as reiners, and they’re quick. You’ve got to have such good steering out there [for shooting], and reiners have the good steering. If you can find a reiner that hasn’t been shown a lot—because you have to take the stop out of them—they make great shooting horses,” Lisa said.
Jade Miller earned the APHA Open title with SSM Koolers Rio Dun, a 2001 grullo tobiano stallion by California Kooler and out of Miss Dun Jose. “Jagger” has only been shot off of for about a year, and his calm demeanor under pressure has consistently impressed Jade. For more information about Jade and Jagger’s journey, check out “Moves Like Jagger.”
Paint participation wasn’t just limited to the APHA classes, where exhibitors vie to win their part of the 70 percent entry payback; Paints competed at nearly every level in both the Men’s and Ladies divisions.
Congratulations to these Paints and their straight-shooting riders:
Zane Chunn and Fancy Me Best, a 2002 black tobiano gelding by Luckys Best Yet and out of Fancy Lil Me
8th place overall
3rd place Men’s Level 6 Revolver
Jade Miller and SSM Koolers Rio Dun, a 2001 grullo tobiano stallion by California Kooler and out of Miss Dun Jose
4th place Ladies Level 4 Revolver
Beth Duch and Snazzy Brew, a 1998 bay overo gelding by Brewers Choice and out of Snazzy Katie (QH)
3rd place Ladies Level 3 Revolver
Kenneth Harris and Trailer Trash, a 2004 sorrel tovero gelding by Trashadeous and out of Deltalena Lady
2nd place Senior Men’s Level 2 Revolver
Jesse Miller and SSM Koolers Rio Dun, a 2001 grullo tobiano stallion by California Kooler and out of Miss Dun Jose
4th place Senior Men’s Level 4 Revolver
Nick Mergen and Shining Freckles, a 2005 sorrel tobiano gelding by Diamond Cut N Shine and out of Sheza Cherokee Maiden
6th place Senior Men’s Level 4 Revolver
Lisa Dippel and Guns Dot Com, a 2010 sorrel solid stallion by Spooks Gotta Gun and out of Chic Missin (QH)
3rd place Senior Ladies Level 5 Revolver
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