Hosted by the Texican Rangers, Comancheria Days is in its 20th year! Held each year at Stieler Ranch, in the Texas hill country of Fredericksburg.
This year April 9-12 they held their shoot and named it “Shots From The Past”. Each stage was adapted from shoots in years past. Very cleverly done.
Match Director, Shooting Iron Miller with her Assistant Match Director, Culebra Blaze (along with the other Texican Rangers) put on an awesome match. The hospitality and extra entertainment were excellent.
Wild Bunch and side matches were great on the Thursday.
Friday saw us with a rain delay but the show got underway an hour later and it pretty well held out for all to shoot.
Saturday had an early morning storm and just fog. It got done without a hitch.
On Friday the afternoon 'sideshow' was Pistol Packin' Paula. A little gun twirling, whip cracking, bundle of energy. She put on a great show! We were also entertained by Cowboy Poet, Walt Perryman and side match awards handed out.
With Fajitas from the chuck wagon and some sunshine, this made for an enjoyable Friday evening.
Saturday afternoon show was Kevin Fitzpatrick, Trick Roper, also entertaining with his trusty steed.
Saturday evening it was down to brass tacks, a great roast dinner, costume and final category awards.
Helped Squawty Bawdy and Shotglass with the stretch raffle!
Jackaroo finished 1st in Senior category and an excellent placing of 4th out of 200 odd shooters.
I finished 1st Lady Overall and Lady Wrangler, placing 12th. Picked up the Soiled Dove contest and a few side matches as well.
The overall winners Kathouse Kelli and Copperhead James were presented with the trophies by none other than Tex and Cat Ballou.
Sunday morning we headed out to the range to have a go at the man on man, all plate rack challenge with reloads on pistol if you missed and rifle if you missed. I ended up against Jack and ahead by 1 on rifle until one didn't go off. He finished off going against Skyhawk but Skyhawk got him!
A great match, a great range and wonderful people.
P.S. Stieler Ranch and Becky Patterson (descendent of Stieler) deserve a mention and huge thank you for hosting all the Cowboys and Cowgirls for the past 20years.
“Stieler Ranch was established in the late 1800's by Adolph Stieler on one of the highest hills in Kerr County. Goats were the primary livestock ranches by the German settlers and with over 60,000 goats grazing on several ranches, Adolph Stieler was proclaimed “King of the Goats” in 1945 by Life magazine.
Though Adolf Stieler is gone, his descendants still live on the ranch and cattle and Cowboys have replaced the goats.” Excerpt from the shoot book.