Mounted Shooters….horses AND guns….what could be better

On Saturday Michael and I spent the day with the Peach State Mounted Shooters Association at one of their  competitions.  We were there to watch  Michael’s friend Ron compete and we had a wonderful day with he and Nina and we so enjoyed  watching the fantastic competition.

This is how the competition works……

A series of poles and balloons are laid out in the arena in a specific pattern.  The shooters ride their horse into the arena.   They shoot five balloons with their first gun,  then switch to a second gun and shoot another five balloons. 

The contest winners are  based on time with a 5 second penalty being added for each balloon that is missed, procedural error when the pattern isn’t shot in the right order or when a  or a gun is dropped.

Here is a short video of Ron making his best run of the day….this time using a pistol for the first 5 balloons and switching to a rifle for the last five.  Notice that he is not even holding the reins on the final run…..

 

It was a wonderful day full of horses…….

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Cowboys in full costume……..

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Guns…….

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Greasy food……..

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And FANTASTIC shooting……

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I was also encouraged to see that people other than quilter’s bring along a LOT of paraphernalia…..

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And each with their own personality ……

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I loved that everything was pink….even the rake for the stall…_4022092

They start their riders early……

_4022145   ….and dont kid yourself….this little girl knew how to ride.  She always had someone walking beside her but she knew how to control the horse all by herself.

One of  the coolest things of the day was when a young boy with developmental challenges was led into the arena.  He happily rode on his horse and shot at the balloons with his toy gun.  After each shot he would raise his gun in celebration!!!

 

It was a wonderful day!!!!

A day with the Felting Machine

On Saturday morning my husband and I did the local attractions and visited a Dog Show and the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation artists market. We bought a few pottery pieces that we will take on our next overseas trip to use as thank you’s for people who host us. We like to take things that are made here at home.

When we got back home, Michael (hubby) kicked me out of the kitchen so he could make Marinara Sauce (and listen to music VERY loud), so I retreated to my studio. Even though I have several quilting projects going on, I decided to pull out the Felting Machine and play a little bit. I ended up making this small purse out of a piece of black wool felt that had been given to me.
I am still not super good with the felter, but I know that I learn something from each project and that I will soon get the hang of it!!!

For this piece, I used a Silk Hankie and a Silk Cap that I bought last year in Australia, and some wool yarn that I found on a clearance table for $2 per skein.