GLEN ROSE — Somervell County Expo Center is gearing up for a bang-up event. It’s a little bit rodeo and little bit Wild West.
For the fifth year, Lone Star Regulators will bring a fast-paced sport to Glen Rose for a National Day of the Cowboy shoot. The two-day event, this Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, is open to the public and admission is free.
Cowboy mounted shooting tests skill and accuracy as contestants shoot at targets while riding through a designated course atop horses. Winners are based on the time it takes to run the course and the number of targets they hit.
The Glen Rose competition is sanctioned by the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association and is expected to bring about 110 competitors of all ages and skill levels, organizer Shannon Males said.
“We have a lot of new shooters,” she said. “The sport is growing.”
Founded in the early 1990s, Cowboy Mounted Shooting has swept across the United States.
“I have never seen anybody try the sport that did not enjoy it,” organizer Mike Males said at the 2012 event. “Especially boys and girls 12 and under, we even have a fifth grader that competes against the men.”
The competition will get underway at the expo center at 9 a.m. Saturday and run throughout the day. The main afternoon match fires off at 1 p.m., and two rounds of rifle shooting will follow. Afternoon activities are expected to wrap up at 3 p.m., but spectators will not want to miss the Saturday night showcase, which features top performers and a cavalry demonstration beginning at 7 p.m.
Sunday shows are expected to run 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
To learn more about Cowboy Mounted Shooting visit cowboymountedshooting.com or lonestarregulators.com.
“We hope everyone will come out and have a rootin’ tootin’ good time,” Shannon said.
Somervell County Expo Center is located at 202 Bo Gibbs Boulevard in Glen Rose.