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About us

Our Mission:
Promote the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting in Saskatchewan. Keep safe, ride hard and shoot straight.

SCMSA Saskatchewan Mounted Shooters

The Saskatchewan Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (SCMSA) is a non-profit organization that enables it’s members to compete in the fast-paced sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting.
All club members must possess a Canadian restricted firearms possession/acquisition license to practice with functional firearms. An individual Sask Horse Federation membership is also required. We follow strict safety rules and abide by the letter of Canadian firearm laws and acts.


Club overview
We used to have three districts that operated under a governing provincial body of the provincial SCMSA., but we are now considered one club.

The SCMSA has recently gained affiliation with the CMSA. Please check Http:// for our sanctioned CMSA shoots.

General information

Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a worldwide competitive equestrian sport regulated by several organizations such as the CSA, CMSA, SASS, MSA, etc. that requires the riding of a horse to

negotiate a shooting pattern where targets are engaged with black powder blank ammunition that is certified to break a target balloon within twenty feet and not beyond twenty feet. (No bullets are used.)


Mounted Shooting requires skill in both horsemanship and shooting that is measured in the form of competitive events. The typical event requires two single action revolvers loaded with five blank-cartridges. Ten targets are arranged in a horseback riding arena. When the competitor is given a go-signal, indicating the arena is clear of people and hazards; the rider guides his horse across a timer-line and engages the ten targets. When all ten targets are engaged, the rider returns across the timer line and his score is determined and recorded. The raw time of the rider is computed and penalties are added for missed targets or failure to follow the specified course or procedure or knocking over barrels or target stands.
Mounted Shooting also includes events such as Mounted Rifle, Mounted Shotgun, Extreme Cowboy, Team, and Cart Shooting, although not all are available in Saskatchewan.


In the spirit of the soldier and cowboy, a group called the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association was created in the 1990s so that horse people and cowboy action shooters may enjoy the competitive nature of shooting sports.

Mounted Shooting Demo - This video explains mounted shooting very well. Thanks go out to Tammy Billingsly.

The horses
Run what you brung! The sport of cowboy mounted shooting does not require a specific breed of horse. Almost any fit, trained saddle horse can become a “shootin’ horse”. It’s often surprising how quickly and painlessly a horse can be desensitized to mounted shooting. Please contact our club executive and members for assistance getting your horse acclimated to gun fire.

The guns

Mounted Shooters use .45 caliber single action revolvers like those used in the late 1800′s. And yes, they are “real” fully functional firearms. Single action revolvers must be cocked each time before firing by drawing the hammer back. A double action revolver can be fired by simply pulling the trigger, without cocking the hammer. Despite the use of double action revolvers in the Old West, our competitions are limited to single action revolvers.

Location, location, location
Arenas hosting mounted shooting demonstrations, practices or competitions must be certified by the SCMSA. Naturally, the safety of the horses, members and spectators is of primary importance.

To make it easier to find a place to shoot, there is a growing list of SCMSA approved venues all over Saskatchewan. Such as: Paradise Hill, Saskatoon, Balgonie and Kendal areas.

The SCMSA Board of Directors


General inquiries:

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