2017-03-04 / The Rock

FFA returns to horse competition

By Brittany Farman and Payton Krause

On Feb. 19, members of Person High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) returned to a mounted shooting, horse competition at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Hunt Horse Complex. The event was hosted by the Double L Bar Shooters.

In Cowboy Mounted Shooting, contestants compete in a fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers loaded with five rounds of specially prepared black powder ammunition.

Courses are set up in a variety of patterns with ten balloon targets. The course requires the horse and rider to stop, turn, change leads, and accelerate rapidly while shooting at the targets.

Scoring is based on how fast the course is completed, including penalties for each target missed or barrel knocked over. An average course takes most contestants between 10-30 seconds to complete.

PHS FFA members participated in event setup by inflating and placing the balloons for each rider’s course.

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