If you like the idea of an evening out watching good lookin’ cowboys and pretty cowgirls mounted on fast horses, shootin’ real guns, then you’ve hit the jackpot. Tonight at Lone Star Arena the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, or CMSA, presents the Outlaw Annie Shoot for U.S. Troops.
The event is part of the Wrangler National Patriot Tours and proceeds go to American300. As explained on the official website, American300 is “a charitable and educational organization that sponsors activities aimed at motivating and honoring our service members, their families and the communities that they live and operate in.”
Outlaw Annie is Annie Bianco-Ellett, who just happens to be a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) World Champion Cowgirl and member of their Hall of Fame, as well as the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) three-time World Champion, among many other awards and accomplishments.
“All of our CMSA contestants are entering this event; we have a 150 contestant limit," Annie said. "That’s what really generates most of the amount of money that we’ll be able to donate. Half of their entry fees will go to American300, so it’s CMSA contestants that will raise most of the money at the event.
"We’ll have a preliminary run starting at 2 p.m. today and all of them will run a pattern. Then we’ll bring back the top 30 contestants so you’ll see some of the best shooters in the country tonight here in Stephenville.”
The evening events will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lone Star Arena with the Shoot for the Troops final and celebrity, VIP shootout.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.
“We want to pack the house and have some fun tonight," she said. "We’re going to have a live auction so everybody should have a good time.”
Annie’s shooting and riding skills have been featured on ESPN, Outdoor Life Network, TNN and Fox Sports Television, official shooting instructor on CMT’s hit reality show “Cowboy U” for three seasons, judge in CMTs show "Americas Top Cowboy.”
She is currently the National spokesperson and Sponsorship Director for CMSA and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2007. She makes her home with her family at her ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona.