If you compete in Cowboy Mounted Shooting and you want to wear jeans during competition, you must wear a pair of chinks or chaps. Most people opt for chinks.
Traditionally, chinks and armitas were developed by the vaqueros of California and the Southwest, who wanted greater versatility and air circulation while riding in hot weather. Eventually they were improved upon and became the popular standard amongst the working cowboys and buckaroos of the Great Basin Region. Chinks are still popular especially for cowboys and cowgirls that are looking to stay cool while protect their legs from the elements.
I recently sat down with Virgil Arellano of Virgil Arellano Saddlery and Rolano Sierra Custom Leather to discuss the proper fit of chinks for Cowboy Mounted Shooting. Virgil has been doing leather work since he was in high school and
has been operating his business since 1990. Here are his suggestions for getting the proper fit on your next pair of chinks.
Solid Leather Length
Courtney brings over 25 years of horse experience to the arena. She has spent time in the show ring competing with Saddlebreds in show pleasure and equitation. While competing in that discipline she had several undefeated years with too many championships to list. She then made the transition into rodeo where she competed in barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, and goat tying. Courtney found her true passion when she tried Cowboy Mounted Shooting. After just one ride she was hooked. Since then she has won State and Regional buckles, qualified for the CMSA World Championships several times, and placed 7th in the world in 2014.