The Heartland Peacemakers
Friday, August 14, 2009
The Heartland Peacemakers
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
This was our first SASS mounted shoot and I had heard great things about SASS up to this point. They did not disappoint either, the stages were fun filled with horsemanship coming into play allot more seriously than CMSA stages. The courses were challenging and the speed was fast. There were 16 riders from 4 different clubs competing, and 4 lucky winners took home single actions .22's. We had two stages were we were required to run through woods at the back of the arena, either retrieving playing cards, or the Pony Express mail pouch. There was steer head roping, and jumping of logs. Of course you also needed to load 10 rounds divided up between two single action .45 and shoot your balloons in the order requested.
So riders would holster one and then do the required task of either roping or bringing back the mail pouch and then forget that they had shoot their first gun. They would then pull the same gun and have no ammo to shoot the remaining 5 balloons.
The poker run was fun and we had two shooters from the Heartland Peacemakers bring home .22.
All in all it was a great weekend, for me, I got a break from school, enjoyed a fabulous weekend with friends, and the best part I got to shoot!
I will post videos soon!
Friday, February 6, 2009
I am a college student again after 30's, and this is taking some getting use to. I am enrolled in the "nursing" program at Brown Mackie College, Indianapolis. This is a 15 month very intensive program that will award the successfully student with 80% or higher on grades a Diploma at the end, and to give the student the opportunity to enroll in their bridge program for the RN degree.
I plan on going for my RN at the end so the next 2 years are going to be a very intensive with lots of books to read and hands on experience with clinicals 3 times a month at various hospitals around the state.
Needless to say my shooting days are over for the time being, and I know I will get back into the shooting arena after my school and getting a job.
In the meantime I good friend is in the process of helping me start a SASS mounted club in Indiana and I hope this new club does well in the next couple years.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saber and I started out unsure we could even do this sport in the beginning. Our last shoot of the year was held at Crossroads arena in Cloverdale, Indiana ,Novemeber7-9 and we finished 2008 in good shape.
At our year end awards banquet in December I learned, I had earned the Rookie of the Year for the Rough Riders. That was pretty cool.
I also managed to attend all the shoots hosted by the club and earned a very nice 3 step mounting block, a montana silver braclet and photo frame.
I also won a new buckle for the state shoot by winning my class division as L2.
Saber is resting and enjoying his winter off, he is staying with Jordan until spring. She wanted to have a horse to ride over the winter months. So since I no longer riding in subzero weather, more power to the younger generation.
Looking forward to another year in 2009 of "Guns & Horses", see you all then.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday morning (hosted by 1st Ohio) the two clubs divided up their members and out of state guests into 8 teams to shoot it out for border victory. The teams were given bandannas in different colors and patterns, 4 members to a team, I found myself partnered up with Nancy Latham, Teresa Case, and Adrianne Fowler. All 3 of these ladies are very accomplished shooters in their own right. Our bandanna of choice was the black & white checkered finish print.
I was nervous about this because I hadn't been shooting very well in the last few weeks and I didn't want to let my team down. To add to my nerves Adrianne came up and bumped me in the shoulder said "you have to shoot well today we need to win."
The stages had been drawn , the grand entry was in the book, and the day was going to be cool and breezy. Temps were in the lower 60's and quite a few of us had our coats on in between stages. I had to find my gloves because my hands just wouldn't warm up. I like to keep my shooting hand warm and loose so that I can be quick with my hammer. Something I have only in just the last week or so gotten really comfortable doing.
After the dust had settled at the end of a very long day for most of the shooters, we gathered for the awards. I found myself in a place I had never been before since starting CMS with my horses. For the first time I had shot clean all day, I had won my class for the day, and when the awards were being handed out, I was announced as the Overall Ladies Champion! I also was in the top ten and I won 65.00 in prize money and jackpots to boot!
I was shocked and quite speechless, which for me is surprising as those of you who really know me well will attest too.
I had invited some friends back to our Hacienda for the night since it was going to be very cold and it seemed silly of me not to open up our home and hospitality to shooters that might have had to sleep in their trucks or cold trailers. Daniel Sutton and Travis Newman from Kentucky, and Nancy Latham and Lynette McCellan from Indiana were my guests. All evening they kept telling me "way to go girl" and I know this is going to sound silly, but it just didn't feel real. I was so shocked to have done something I had only thought about all summer. It had seemed so out of reach that I figured I would never get there for at least a couple of years. Remember I have only started shooting this April of 2008.
Sunday dawned very cold, with frost on the ground and I was hoping for a repeat of Saturday. At least the wind had calmed down and it was warming to the point we didn't need our coats by late morning. I knew I was going to have alot of pressure on my shoulders today. Especially with the wind dying down so much that shooters having a hard time hitting balloons on Saturday would really be consistent on Sunday.
The first stage I shot clean, and then the 2nd stage drawn was the "Dice" I had trouble with this one early in the year and I was worried about it.
Just watch this -
Pictures say a thousand words don't they. I psyched myself out before I ever pulled my gun.
This clip is of stage 4, Saber went smooth and I shot great! Enjoy.
Stage 3 I shot clean, and discovered had I shot the "Dice" clean I would have been 6th overall. Dang it.
As it turned out the men's team from Ohio won the match and Ohio once again beat Indiana. Hopefully next year I can earn the honor back to our wonderful state Indiana. I can report that our Ladies team with the black and white checkered bandannas did win the ladies division for the weekend. We just were not fast enough to bet the boys from Ohio.
I have one more shoot for this year. Cross Roads arena in Cloverdale Indiana where this jounery began for Saber and I back in April. It is only fitting that our novice year should end at Cloverdale.
For those of you that follow video clips I will be in the process of uploading them on YouTube very soon, so check in often. I have quite a few from the border wars so I will be very busy in the next week or so. A big THANK YOU goes out to Bob Burnett who help me video on Sunday. Thanks Bob!!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here are just a few of the pictures that I took over the two days we were there.
Tony and Abby
A better view of the house
Tony on Star, with Fancy in the center and Saber tied to the hitching rail .
Below is a clip of Tony and Jordan riding up the trail to the tree house.
Jordan and Tony
The trees turning into the Fall colors the Midwest is so well known for.
Clip of Jordan and Tony riding on some of the Trails at JW
Small cabin next to our campsite. Dirt floor in most of them but would be nice if you had cots to set up inside.
Checking out the cabin
Resting back at camp on Sunday after the morning ride.
Nap time for the two kids!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Jordan, Saber and I went down to have some fun and see how well we could negotiate the course and stay within the time limit.
The course was layed out with 10 obstacles: 1. Walk over three poles 2. Sidepass down a pole to the mailbox 3. Take out the mail and then place it back into the box 4. Approach traffic cone and pick up the tennis ball on top, and then place it on the 2nd traffic cone. 5. Open the rope gate, walk through, and close the rope gate 6. Cross the bridge 7. Pick up the rope and drag the tire pass the cone 8. Cross the trap 9. Go through the cowboy curtain and 10. Back through the "L". Then cross the time line.
I don't have a video of my run as the camera malfunctioned. The video above is of Jordan and Saber. I did place third on the first go and won 15.00 the difference between the top three places were only by a 10 of second. I placed 1st on the second go and won 10.00. So it wasn't to a bad day for us. I am very proud of my 3/4 Arab, he is did everything that we ask of him and he is also turning into quite the packer of young riders. Not only did he carry Jordan and Rachel Abrams rode him in the second go. I can't ask much more of him than that. As most of the top trainers in the country will attest too, these type of horses are worth their weight in gold!
Next shoot for Saber and I will be in Rushville on October 18-19. So check back folks and see how we are doing as the shooting season is coming to close for us.
Ride fast, and keep your powder dry.