A unique fundraiser that involved the art of having a straight shot while riding a horse is set to go on, August 6 and 7.
The Prairie Mountain STARS fundraiser is set to go at the Prairie Mountain Livestock Arena, southwest of Rumsey. While it is a relatively new event, going into its fourth shoot, it has raised just under $10,000.
“Our goal this year is to hit $10,000 alone this year,” said organizer, Myrna Anderson.
Last year they held the event, and coming out of COVID restrictions, they had about 12 entries. This year they are looking at upward of 35 shooters. They compete in individual and team events.
The day will consist of three stages and three fun events. Cowboy mounted shooting is one of the fastest-growing equestrian sports in North America. This is a timed event where riders negotiate different patterns, shooting balloons on a string. They use two-45 calibre single-action revolvers, each loaded with specially prepared blank ammunition.
Anderson said it is a very spectator-friendly sport and fun to watch. It is safe as they use specially prepared blanks. Admission is by donations, and spectators are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.
STARS is a charity near and dear to many, especially those who have been served by it. The fundraising committee notes that one of their own, Blair Anderson, husband of Myrna, utilized the service 13 years ago when he had an equestrian-related accident. STARS was able to land within 300 metres from the site of the accident, west of Sundre, and transport him safely to surgery. He learned had he been taken by ground ambulance, he may have been paralyzed.
Because the funds are going to STARS for this event, Anderson explains there are no cash payouts for the winners of each category. Organizers are reaching out to the community for the donation of award prizes, as well as buckle sponsors. Other fundraising initiatives they are taking on include a beef raffle and possibly an online auction.
For more information, or to donate prizes, email email@example.com, or check out the PrairieMountain STARS fundraiser Facebook page.