A Full Weekend

A three hour trip over to Fort Smith yesterday found beautiful weather, exceptional changes on the range that we hadn't experienced since being done and a great group of cowboy's and cowgirl's.

Okay, we did miss you Naildriver and Ambler!

With 18 of us, we had a blast with Judge Parker Marshals taking on 6 fantastic stages with a twist at the end, thanks CS Brady. No truly, we had a great day, thanks everyone!

 

Had fun with these two chicks! Rip A Lot and Belle Vaquera 😉

 

Got back in time for beer o'clock and did basically nothing for the rest of the evening. Watched Oklahoma State v Texas Tech, great game, I'm learning more!

Sunday and we headed out for Cushing, OK to Lincoln County Cowboy's and another different 18 cowboy's and cowgirl's- well Della and I!

Weather was spectacular, a slight breeze, sunshine, blue skies, no sweat- always a plus, just a sensational day also.

 

Six stages to run through, followed by hotdogs.

Yee Haw!

Kat xo

 

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Hell On The Border

Under a watery sunlit, sometimes see a slight shadow, semi coolish sorta day (how's that for a description? :)), 150 shooters set for 7 stages of cowboy shooting in Arkansas at Old Fort Gun Club.

 

Now it wasn't without its hiccups for many and we were certainly part of that with hangups with ammo but really nothing major.

We had a great posse. Woo! Go Posse 6 – Back 40, Belle Vaquera, Billy Broncstomper, Blackwater Bruce, Browncoat Annie, Cajun, Cap'n Highpockets, Dusty Darryl, Greasy Creek Slim, Hairless, Irish Tom, Jackaroo, Kathouse Kelli, Mean Mary, Miss Shirl, Mud Puppy, Revelator, Shell Stuffer, Silent Thunder, Tightwad Swede and Willie Mescal.

 

The proceedings started with prayer and pledge of allegiance, then a swift presentation of the National Buckaroo champ's trophy – we didn't catch them at OKC last weekend and he'd skipped out early at Winter Range – done by Gunny Buckshot. Good one CR Hicock and we hope you do well at EOT is year before you move up to Junior Boy category!

Sooooooo as I mentioned, there were a few undesirable stages for many but all in all, everyone had a great day and faired well. Especially for Oklahoman's (and faux Oklahoman's) – just sayin'!

Although outnumbered the Oklahoman's did well with placing – Long Branch Kitty, Bea G, Lonesome Buck, Kiamichi Queen, The Brisco Kid, Broncho Red, Choctaw Jim, Tacky Jackie, Bois D'Arc, C R Hicock, Montana Dan, Matt Valentine, Red Knee, Scott Wayne, Highland Scottie, Roy's Creek Dan, Jackaroo and Kathouse Kelli. Excuse me if I've forgotten anyone!

Overall Ladies was myself, Kathouse Kelli – Australian by way of Oklahoma and Overall Men's, Roy's Creek Dan – Oklahoma. Yee haa!

 

Jack took 2nd place in Senior with 3rd place going to Back 40 and 1st place going to Greasy Creek Slim. Congratulations!

A big congratulations to my fellow Lady Wranglers, 2nd Place to Cheek A Bow Wow and 3rd Place – Belle Vaquera.

Jackaroo and I managed to pull off a double win on Derringer for Men's and Ladies and I also won Best Dressed Ladies Shooter for the day.


A great shoot, plenty of good people to be reacquainted with and meet new ones. Tomorrow we will finish the last 5 stages of the Arkansas State Wild Bunch match.

Cheers

Kat xo

 

Judge Parker’s Marshal’s, Fort Smith, AR

So we whipped on over to Fort Smith, Arkansas last Sat to shoot the Judge Parker's Marshals club match on the Sunday. Was slightly chilly when we got there but we rattled around a few of the shops and settled in to the hotel.

After a good breakfast we went to the range and shot 6 stages with Naildriver, Ambler, Just Charlie, Trail Agent, Trooper Dick, CS Brady, Calloway, Spitoon Paul, Lefty and forgive me if I have forgotten anyone else (think there is a few). Obviously the Saturday is popular with a good turnout the day before but we had enough for a posse and shot anyway!

The sun came out and by the time we were finished shooting you could discard the slicker so we headed out to check out some of the sights. There are some beautiful buildings down Garrison St and we went down to the once popular (late 1800's popular) red-light district.

Miss Laura's, one of the more renowned houses of then Fort Smith's Front Street along the river, is now a tourist information centre with the building having been restored to look like it did in the very early 1900's.

It features some remaining stain glass panels in the entry and all the rest has been reproduced. There is reproduction furniture, and some actual pieces owned by Miss Laura, photos of some of the girls and two lovely ladies who will tell you all the history of the place.

Miss Laura bought the parlour in the district known as “The Row” for a princely sum of $3000, a loan that she repaid in 17months and sold it in 1911 for $47,000.

In 1910 it's said the golden years had passed and politicians were being pressured by the community to clean up Front Street. Some of the other brothels met 'a questionable freak accident' in the January, sending scantily clad ladies and their embarrassed customers into the street and the incident became known as “the night of the lingerie parade” (sounds like a good name for a saloon night!)

Fort Smith was known as “Hell on the Border” , on the edge of Indian Territory, and known for Judge Isaac C. Parker – the Hanging Judge. The present gallows is a reproduction as the original was destroyed after the last execution in 1896. Over 23 years it saw the execution of 86 men in 39 separate executions.

The barracks-courthouse jail, gallows, and courtroom were very interesting lots of information inside about some of the outlaws such as Belle Starr, Dalton and Younger gangs to name a few. Pearl Starr (Belles daughter) also had a brothel lit by a red star light surrounded by lit pearls.

We missed the Fort Smith Museum of History, it's closed Sundays and Mondays, little else to do then between here and Byahlia, Mississippi we headed back home for a couple of days. Next time we will head over on the Friday and catch the Museum and shoot Saturday.

Photos are on my phone so once transferred will add to FB. Check out the links for more info though!

http://www.oldfortgunclub.com/organized-shooting-sports/sass-cowboy-action-shooting/hell-on-the-border-2014/

http://www.fortsmith.org/things-to-do/

http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1183

We'll be back!

Cheers Kat xo