This past August I traveled to Las Vegas to compete at the CMSA Western US Championships and I thought it would be fun to document my experience. This is the first time I have ever done a "vlog" so please forgive my amateur mistakes. I was also reluctant to post this because it really is an inside look at my thoughts, feelings, and emotions during a very large competition. Opening myself up like this is a little scary. I'm not a perfect person and I don't always have perfect runs. So hopefully this is helpful for those of you that haven't gotten to compete in Las Vegas. I hope it gives you a little view into what to expect and what it's like to compete on the national stage. For me, it was scary, exciting, and a complete emotional/mental marathon. Please enjoy my adventure and I hope you get to have your own someday. As always, I appreciate your comments or questions.
Ride fast and shoot clean,
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The Five Minute Journal
Have you ever had an amazing run only to miss the last balloon? Do you wonder why sometimes you just can't hit the balloons to save your life? In this week's post I'm giving you two insider tips on how to fix that problem. These tips address both the mental and physical side of target acquisition.
This past weekend was the Washington State Mounted Shooting Championships. My normal goal is to shoot clean. Clean is fast and fast is what wins. However, this weekend my goal was something different. I wanted to go faster and trust my horse. Copper and I have been practicing really hard and I knew I could do those things at home but in a competition setting everything is different.
You see, I have always been concerned with shooting clean. A miss to me is not acceptable and to be honest a little embarrassing. I have a reputation for not missing very much and I wanted to keep it. However, I'm never going to move up the ranks and win if I don't take some risks. So that's what I did this weekend. I decided to not care if I missed. I decided that going faster was more important. This change in mindset was difficult for me, but guess what? It worked! I had 4 misses the first day with no chance of winning. However, my raw times were A LOT faster then I normally run, and that is saying something! Having this weekend to push myself and my horse had made a huge difference in my confidence. Everything came together on day two of competition and I didn't miss a single balloon. It felt great and I'm still a little high off the adrenaline rush!
I also got to carry a flag in the grand entry and that always puts a big smile on my face!
Do you have a goal for this season? What is it? How are you going to achieve it? Feel free to share below. I love hearing from you!
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.