In addition to the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) competitors who are in town for the Central US Championship events at Lone Star Arena this week, some folks a lot of us know rode in Tuesday night’s Outlaw Annie’s Shoot for the Troops competition. The shoot is part of the Wrangler National Patriot tour series and helps raise money to support veterans and active duty troops and their families.

Among those in the mix were Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame member and owner of Grand Entry Western Store, Chick Elms, champion roper and horse trainer, Jackie Hobbs-Crawford, KWBY Radio’s Jody Lee Caudle, USTRC and rodeo announcer, Ben Clements, and Star Arms manager, Cynthia Sears.

Also riding were cowboys representing the event’s sponsors including Steve Miller from Montana Silversmiths, Jeff Chadwick from Wrangler, Ricky Palin from Stetson Hat Company, and Trigg Bell and Charlie Gonzales from Classic Equine, a division of Granbury’s Equibrand, employer of many people from Stephenville and Erath County.

Stephenville Mayor Kenny Weldon competed in last year’s competition but was unable to do so this year because of a city council budget committee meeting.

“I’m really disappointed that I couldn’t participate in it again because it’s so much fun for both competitors and spectators. It’s just great to have this event hosted here in Stephenville because mounted shooting is such a growing sport within the equine community," Weldon said. "For the CMSA to pick Stephenville as the site for this shoot, and for the organization to commit such a large portion of the proceeds to veterans and active duty troops through the American300 program is wonderful.”

Former state representative and candidate for Texas ag commissioner, Sid Miller said, “I had the honor of representing [the U.S. Army’s] Fort Hood for six terms and have my name on 48 pieces of legislation to benefit our active duty troops and veterans; it was a big part of my legislative career.

“The Shoot for the Troops event is a great thing and I really appreciate what these shoots mean to our service men and women and their families. We owe them so much and I fully support the efforts of the members of the CMSA and the people at Lone Star Arena. They all deserve a big thanks for helping service members and veterans out by putting on these events.”