Mounted Shooters Compete In Payson

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Equestrians from Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico spent the weekend at the Payson Event Center for a Mounted Shooters of America competition.

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Dianna Olson from Mirana, Ariz. was the winning shooter in the Mounted Shooters of American competition in Payson.

In the contest, riders are armed with two single-action, .45-caliber pistols, and must ride different patterns while shooting at balloon targets.

"It sounds and appears like a real gun shot, but there's no projectile," said Daria Hobbs, national spokesperson for the Mounted Shooters of America.

Hobbs co-produced the event with her husband, Doug.

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Suzie Montgomery tours the course on Freckles, her quarter horse.

The winning shooter was Dianna Olson from Mirana, Ariz., She rode Splash, a leopard Appaloosa.

At right, novice shooter Suzie Montgomery tours the course on Freckles, her quarter horse.

The Hobbs enjoyed the Rim country so much, they've already booked the event center for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day of 2005.

For more information on the project, log on to www.mountedshootersofamerica.com, or call (520) 975-4146.

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