Regulators Ruckus coming to Truckee |

Regulators Ruckus coming to Truckee

Imagine maneuvering a wild steed, one-handed, through a winding course at top speed.

Now, imagine having to do it, with a single action .45 in hand.

The town of Truckee will have a chance to see folks attempt such a feat this weekend, Aug. 3 and 4, as Cowboy Mounted Shooting comes to the Mc Iver Rodeo Arena as part of first-ever “Regulator’s Ruckus.”

This Old West celebration, sponsored by the Railroad Regulator’s 601, Truckee’s own western reenactment group, brings this exciting equestrian sport to town, along with vendors, live music, food, quick-draw challenges, gunfighters and reenactments.

The event is also a great way to gear up for the 27th Annual Truckee PRCA Rodeo the following weekend, Aug. 10 and 11.

Festivities kick off Saturday with a parade through downtown Truckee at 9 a.m.

After that, the action moves over to the rodeo arena for two days of fun and competition.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting combines elements of the Old West with a challenging obstacle course. Riders, dressed in 1800s-style and Hollywood western garb, guide their horses around the course with one hand, while holding a gun in the other, using blanks to take out balloon targets.

The sport is both demanding of the horse and rider, as it requires speed and skill to hit the targets with blanks that have a range of roughly 12 feet – yet it’s also a whole lot of fun for participants and audience members.

The riders come from all backgrounds and skill levels – kids, moms, working folks, and professionals. People compete only against those in their own class, so competition is fair, and all competitors are amateurs.

“Trophies are awarded to prove the braggin’ rights but there is no money paid out,” according to the Regulator’s.

People are encouraged to come out, watch and cheer on these wild riders.

There will also be a horse clinic, Friday evening, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. for those adventurous types who’d like to see how their horses take to the sport. Space is limited so reserve your spot in advance.

The Regulator’s Ruckus will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4 at the Mc Iver Rodeo Arena off Highway 267 in Truckee. A parade will precede the event at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Downtown Truckee.

To register for the Mounted Shooting Horse Clinic or for more information on the event, call 587-7662 or fax 582-9419.

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