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Colorado Teen Shoots His Way to a Great 2008

Cole Boyd
Mancos, Colo.
Ralph PrideauxCole takes care of one target and fixes his eyes on the next one.

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I’ve had a great year! My name is Cole Boyd and am a 15-year-old living in Mancos, Colorado. My parents (Steve and Celia) helped me realize a dream this past year.

I have been competing in mounted shooting events for four years. I am a member of the SASS (Single Action Shooting Society), CMSA (Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association) and the Revengers of Montezuma Mounted Shooting Club. Part of the fun of being in SASS is that everyone picks an alias (mine is “The Royal Bandit”). We also dress in period correct clothes and use period correct tack for the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. I’ve also met people from all over the United States and have made many new friends through my SASS competitions.

What is SASS Mounted Shooting? Think of a cowboy or cowgirl atop a 1,200 pound horse, six-guns a blazing while galloping through a patterned course, and you’ll get the mental image of a cowboy action mounted shooter.

My interest was sparked when I was 10 years old. I picked up empty cartridges from the ground shooters at the Windy Gap Range south of Cortez. They tip the “brass pickers” pretty well. My mom was a action shooter/mounted shooter at the time. By the time I was 11, I started riding in the Buckaroo division of mounted shooting. In that division you can’t shoot real guns yet. You have to ride the same course that everyone else rides, but imitate shooting the balloons as you ride by.

I turned 12 and started competing in the Junior Division. This is my fourth season in Juniors and also my last. In the spring I will be starting in Men’s 3 division.

My dad is always helping me look for period correct clothing and tack to use on my horse. I have been riding a Colorado Saddlery saddle made in the 1950’s. We also found a great pair of old batwing chaps made in Texas.

I have three sponsors that help foot the hefty bill to make it through a season. They are Sturm Ruger 86 Company of Southport, Connecticut who sponsor my guns. Bianchi Cowboy supplies me with my gun belt. Mesa Color of Durango help with my entry fees and travel expenses.

When I’m competing it puts a lot of pressure on me. I try to keep my mind on other things besides competing. My favorite sport is basketball. I also enjoy archery and hunting. I have also played guitar for close to two years. I also enjoy working on my 1978 GMC truck with my father.

The hard work this past year really paid off. It all started with the SASS National Championship in February at Tombstone, Arizona. While there I won the Junior division then won the overall championship, along with the “best dressed cowboy” award. Next was “The End of Trail” World championships at Founders Ranch in New Mexico, where I won my division in Junior Limited.

My mom is also a member of SASS and we travel to several competitions in several states throughout the year.

My girlfriend is also a mounted shooter. Brittany is the Mounted Ladies Overall Colorado State Champion for SASS (Single Action Shooting Society). She is also the 2006 & 2007 World Champion Ladies SASS mounted shooter, among many other accomplishments.

Recently I won the Colorado State Title in my Junior division and also the Overall Men’s Colorado State Championship. In September I traveled to Tombstone for the Arizona State Championships where I took the overall in the men’s division making me the Arizona State Overall Men’s Champion.

Thanks to everyone who has made my 2008 a great year!

Royal Bandit SASS #56620


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