Nebraska’s toughest shooters spent a chilly weekend in Litchfield, Neb., Nov. 3-4 at the first annual Cowboy Up shoot. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) sanctioned event drew in over 20 shooters each day with the promise of prize money and awards. Despite the cool weather, Nebraska shooter’s “Cowboyed Up” for a real showdown in the arena.
The two day event was hosted by Turkey Creek Regulators members Joe and April Sekutera at their ranch near Litchfield in the central portion of the state. The Sekutera’s worked to collect a large purse of over $2,000 graciously donated by surrounding community businesses, along with giveaway items for the shooters.
Four balloon target courses or stages were set each day for all shooters to complete. The stages were drawn randomly from the CMSA rulebook and consisted of 10 targets. A missed target resulted in a five second penalty per balloon in addition to the time it took for the rider to complete the course. Class winners were decided upon the fastest combined times over the four stages each day, and competitors who shot both days combined their daily times to determine the overall men’s and women’s champions on Sunday.
Taking home some of the prize money on Saturday were class winners: Ladies level 1 Brandi Salestrom, Ladies level 2 Jenna Stulgies, Ladies level 3 Jessica Warner, Senior ladies level 1 Linda Salestrom, Senior ladies level 3 Marlene Harizal, Men’s level 1 Joe Sekutera, Men’s level 3 David Hassett, Senior men’s level 2 Wendell Lindsley, Senior Men’s level 5 Butch Stackpole and Wrangler Kamryn Hahn.
After the shooters retired Saturday evening a small roping practice took place before a cowboy style cookout with Joe Sekutera acting as the camp chef.
After a chilly start to Sunday, four more stages were set to complete the second day of the shoot. Class winners were: Ladies level 1 Brandi Salestrom, Ladies level 2 Lindsey Salestrom, Ladies level 3 Jessica Warner, Senior ladies level 1 Linda Salestrom, Senior ladies level 3 Marlene Harizal, Men’s level 1 Dave Hrabanek, Men’s level 2 Joe Sekutera, Men’s level 3 David Hassett, Senior men’s level 2 Wendell Lindsley, Senior men’s level 5 Butch Stackpole and Wrangler Kamryn Hahn.
Butch Stackpole of Omaha, Neb., and Jessica Warner of Halsey, Neb., were crowned the overall men’s and women’s champions for the weekend, each receiving a champion breastcollar. Coincidentally the pair are two of the most seasoned veterans in the club. Stackpole also competes in the shotgun class in which he is currently ranked fourth in the nation, and Warner recently competed in the first annual NRS shootout in Texas, bringing home a trophy saddle and championship buckle.
During the weekend year-end awards were announced with the top 10 overall high point Nebraska shooters being: Butch Stackpole of Omaha, Marlene Harizal of Omaha, Jami Lindsley of Osceola, Jessica Warner of Halsey, Jerry Salestrom of Tekamah, Jenna Stulgies of Omaha, Dave Hassett of Grand Island, Wendell Lindsley of Osceola, Joe Sekutera of Litchfield and Marty Peterson of Lyons.
Horse of the year went to Dave and Dylan Hassett’s horse DJ, trained by Dave Hassett and the best dressed award for the year went Kevin Kaup of West Point.
Bill and Laura Winburn were thanked for acting as the traveling office crew and to April Sekutera for being the traveling club photographer.
Over the 2012 season, Nebraska hosted the most shoots since joining the CMSA. Eight shoots were held in the state over the year with approximately 180 riders competing in these shoots.
According to the CMSA website, the Turkey Creek Regulators club is the second fastest growing club in the nation. For more information on Nebraska’s CMSA club, check out the Turkey Creek Regulators on Facebook to get in on the action. ❖