Howdy and welcome to the homepage of the New Mexico Territory Cowboy Mounted Shooters ("NMTCMS"). NMTCMS is a New Mexico non-profit organization formed in 2005 in order to promote the fastest growing equine sport in the world -- COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTING! To that end, the NMTCMS holds competitions all over the Land of Enchantment.  See our Events page for a schedule of our matches held all over the Land of Enchantment.

What is Mounted Shooting?

What is Mounted Shooting? It's a fast paced timed event in which we ride our horses through a course of fire which includes ten targets. We use single action 45 caliber pistols, and sometimes rifles and double-barreled shotguns, to break those targets and run back across the time line, with the fastest time winning!  Missed targets and other errors cause seconds to be added to your time. Want to hear more? Thought you might. Use the following link to visit the homepage of our parent organization, the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, or "CMSA."

Why Do We Do Mounted Shooting?

To win money, prizes and have the time of your life!  Come watch one of our competitions -- anyone there will be glad to answer your questions and explain what is going on.  The camaraderie among the competitors is amazing and even non-shooters have a good time at our matches.  This is a family sport and all ages are welcome to participate.  Cowboy mounted shooting is the fastest growing equine sport for a reason!  We think it is the most fun you can have horseback!

Can I?

Yes you can!  Go to our Contact page and email one of our officers or board members.  They can put you in touch with people hosting mounted shooting clinics and can help you get started.

The Latest NMTCMS News!

We will be trying a brand new type of shoot format for the BRING A JACKET 1 & 2 shoots in Cloudcroft on June 13 and 14.  YOU CAN COMPETE ON MORE THAN ONE HORSE! This is a MULTI-HORSE 3D-style match. Enter your best horse in the main match for 2X CMSA and NMTCMS points, and enter your other horses in the 3D jackpot  — as many as you like. Run the same four stages on all your horses. All paybacks are 3D style paybacks, no class paybacks, except Rifle and Shotgun (75% CMSA circuit payback). 3D paybacks are based on the combined times for 4 stages and paybacks are calculated on D splits based on number of riders (not by class). $250 per day added money for the Bring A Jacket Shoots!. Call Match Director Stoney Burks for more info: (575) 491- 6273.  

2015 Trophy Saddles!

Stoney is raising money to purchase and give away Corriente trophy saddles as part of the year end awards for NMTCMS members this year.  Every class winner will be entered in a drawing and the saddle winners will be randomly drawn from those class winners.  Winners can contact Corriente and choose the options they want to have a custom saddle built their way.  Many, many thanks to our list of saddle sponsors:

  • Circle S Feed in Carlsbad, NM (Wally & Carol Menuey)

  • Dan Bryd

  • Jamie Lowe

  • Donnie MacDougall

  • David Sterrett

Check out the Events page for more information about our matches.

About that NM/TX Border War . . .

We heard stories about Tim Cowan actually MISPLACING his coveted NM/TX Border Wars trophy accepted on behalf of the Texas club (photo below of Tim accepting his award for the 2nd year in a row).  Some of us may have also heard that it was found and will be reunited with Tim.  I'm sure that Tim will be glad to hear that it was found.