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Spring Shooting brings out Cowboys

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It's one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the nation, and now hundreds of people are gathered in Hermiston to compete in a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition.

"The challenge is the best part about it because it's between you and your horse to get better," rider Bob Banks said.  

"It's addictive. It's so much fun," rider Barry Nadell said. "It's the most fun thing you can do on a horse."

Competitors say the idea is simple, shoot all of the balloons in the arena as fast as possible while riding your horse. On average, it takes about 20 seconds to complete the course, and every horseman is expected to dress in authentic turn of the century costumes. 

If you want to be a part of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition, it's free to the public and will run through the weekend at the Umatilla County Fair Grounds Arena in Hermiston.