The First Ride is in the books.
After the stirring opening ceremony, 85 shooters fired 16,500+ rounds on 8 stages in just a few hours. That is a whole lot of freedom going down range. We are fortunate indeed to live in the United States where we can enjoy such a day.
We had cowboys and cowgirls from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, New Hampshire, and Michigan. We were thrilled to have so many out-of-state shooters.
On behalf of Rooster Ray, Johnny Showchaps, and Hawkeye Gin, I want to thank the following for their contributions to The First Ride:
*Gainesville Target Range for the use of the range and continued support
*Lake Co. Pistoleros for extra targets and props
*Ft. White Cowboy Cavalry for timers and targets
*Santa Fe River Stan for name badges and targets
*Bob deRochemont for the use of Rena’s Ballroom
*Major Mishap for the plate rack and all of his hard work
*Sage Siren for scoring and photos
*Emily Blount for singing The National Anthem
*Boy Scout Troop 86 for their help with brass pickup and target resetting
*Pistol Whippin’ Patti, Zack McGee, and Chance Ramsay for door prize contributions
*Tornado Timmy and Rocky Creek Shooter for props and targets stands.
*Ennah Tizzy, Purdy Sharp, Donna Bernal, and Ginger Bernal for setup and cleanup of the ballroom.
We had an exceptional setup and teardown crew with Rocky Creek Shooter, Little Man, Deadly Sharpshooter, Major Mishap, Rio Drifter, Tennessee Tall, Pistol Whippin’ Patti, Zack McGee, Cassalong Hopidy and our newest couple of hard workers: High Springs Drifter and Miss Patty.
Congratulations to Santa Fe River Stan and Hawkeye Gin for Top Overall Man and Lady. And congratulations to all the category winners.
A special shoutout to Big Country for his win in 49er (our largest category) and Greta Dee for her clean match!
I hope to see you all on the trail soon,
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