CMSA Northeast Regional Finals

First off, happy Thanksgiving to everyone here in the US!  With a few minutes before we start our festivities for the day, I figured I’d put up a post from over the summer.  Yep, another post from the past as I slowly catch up on my photo posts here.  Back in August of this year, Jill, the girls and I attended the second day of the Northeast Regional finals of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association in Oneco, CT.  Cowboy Mounted Shooting is one of my favorite sports to photograph – an action packed competition done on horseback with riders wielding .45 caliber single action revolvers.  The goal is for the rider and horse to navigate a pre-determined course at the fastest possible speed, while shooting the balloons in a specific order with specially loaded blanks.

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Cowboy Mounted Shooting – CT Renegades on the 4th of July, Part I

CT Renegades Cowboy Mounted ShootingBack on the 4th of July I headed up to the Double Nickel Ranch in Granby, CT to shoot one of my favorite non-railroad subject to photograph – a sport known as Cowboy Mounted Shooting.  The Connecticut Renegades were hosting a four stage match on the 4th, and I was able to take advantage of the nice weather and spend the day with the team photographing all four stages.  And as a bonus, after the 4th stage was done, a new shooter got a chance to try her hand at a little more than her cap pistol…

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Cowboy Mounted Shooting – CT Renegades on the 4th of July, Part V

CT Renegades Cowboy Mounted ShootingHere’s part five of the CT Renegades’ 4th of July match in Granby, CT.  The final set of shots features the little girl who was going through each stage with her father, practicing with a cap pistol on horseback.  For this final set, though, she got an opportunity to actually handle and fire an actual pistol!  And for the final couple shots, she actually did it solo!

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Connecticut Renegades Spring Breakout 2011

In the immortal words of John Cleese – And now for something completely different.  OK, not really completely different – I have shot this sport before.  But it’s something that I don’t get out all that often to shoot – Cowboy Mounted Shooting.  A couple weeks ago Jill, the girls & I headed up to Enfield, CT to watch and shoot the Connecticut Renegades‘ Spring Breakout 2011 match.  It was a sunny – but windy – day, but there were plenty of shooters that I could, well, shoot.

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Guns, horses, tractors & crafts – 2010 Four Town Fair

On September 18th we headed up to Somers, CT to attend the Four Town Fair – one of the better smaller country fairs in this part of the state.  Plus this fair hosts one of my favorite events to photograph – cowboy mounted shooting, something that combines horseback riding and guns.  Oh, yeah, and they also have a beer garden – something lacking in most other fairs in the state.

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2010 Lebanon Country Fair

Still catching up on the backlog of photos.  Here we go back to August 8th when we went to the Lebanon Lions’ 51st annual Lebanon Country Fair here in town.  This year we were only able to get down there for Sunday (we normally go all three days since we live only a couple miles from the fairgrounds), but Sunday was a pretty nice day to go.  It started out with the horse show, and ended with a demolition derby and monster trucks.  Stuck in between those were everything from food, to rides, to livestock, and even a CT State Senator singing with a (now former) CT gubernatorial candidate.

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Foals and Flowers at McCulloch Farm

On Sunday we took the kids on a surprise ride down to Old Lyme.  McCulloch Farm, home of Whipporwill Morgan horses (check out their website here), was having an open barn event called “Foals and Flowers.”  So we packed a picnic lunch, and made our way to Old Lyme to enjoy the beautiful day in the presence of some beautiful horses, along with a 3 week old foal.

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