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Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:19
Brad Lumbrezer competes in the mounted shooting exhibition Wednesday afternoon in the horse arena at the Wood County Fairgrounds. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
With one arm holding the reins and another cocking back and firing a pistol, about a dozen cowboys and cowgirls entertained a crowd Wednesday at the Wood County Fair during a cowboy mounted shooting demonstration.
Members of the Black Swamp Bandits, based out of Swanton, transformed the horse arena at the fairgrounds into a scene from the west in the 1800s as they rode on horses, sometimes reaching speeds of nearly 30 mph, and fired their guns at a pattern of balloon targets.
They shot blanks from their pistols and shotguns, but it was the unburnt black powder that mowed down the balloons. The ideal range for firing is 8 to 10 feet, said Brad Lumbrezer, a veteran cowboy shooter, and president of the Black Swamp Bandits.
The Bandits are a competitive cowboy mounted shooting club. They compete all around the country, but on Wednesday they fired and rode as an exhibition. There are thousands of cowboy mounted shooters worldwide and they are sanctioned by the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association.
The cowboys and cowgirls demonstrated different patterns (there are 64 sanctioned patterns) during the show and a finale called a "drag race" where two shooters went head-to-head firing at their targets.
"Some of these patterns are done in less than 10 seconds," Lumbrezer said.
In the first round, the riders shot at two rows of balloons, a row on the way there and another on the way back. Their slings held two guns, and between each shot they had to pull back the hammer and fire.
Syephanie Shaffer competes in the mounted shooting exhibition Wednesday afternoon in the horse arena at the Wood County Fairgrounds.
Those who were able to deflate all of their targets received the heaviest applause from the crowd.
After the first round, two fair "VIPs" were called into the arena: Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn and Dick King, a fair board director.
The pair fired at a series of five balloons while facing back-to-back on foot. In the end, the sheriff's draw was too quick for King.
In the next round, the balloon targets were arranged in a more elaborate pattern. During the round, several of the riders also demonstrated mounted shooting using a double-barrel shotgun. To shoot, the rider had to take both hands off the reins to fire and had to trust the lead of the galloping horse.
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