Land Run 2018

When we first visited Oklahoma for Land Run back in 2012, we found it to be one of the best matches we had ever been to. We met many amazing, funny and wonderful people, knowing from the start that it was something special.

This year Land Run had its 25th Anniversary combined with the SASS SW Regional (previously Red Dirt Rampage) with one enormous effort by many of the Territorial Marshal's. It is the third largest cowboy match in the US behind End of Trail (World Championships) and Winter Range (USA National Championship).

 

With 408 shooters from 22 states put into two shooting waves, 10 stages were quickly completed across 2 days.

Thursday was side match day with everything from Wild Bunch, Warm-Up, Long Range, Cowboy Clays, speed pistol/rifle/shotgun/derringer/pocket pistol/duelist/gunfighter and .22 rifle/pistol. It was a feast for play, practice and testing of guns with your first run counting for time. Congratulations to all side match winners!!!

Friday was the start of Main Match and we were met with cool clear skies and sunshine. Eventually we could leave the coat off and enjoy some warmth and less wind.

 

We were with Posse 18 headed up by Posse Marshal, Cooncan. Jack was a Deputy, as was John Bear and the rest made up of myself, Bertie Winchester, Hicock Holly, Dodge City Dixie, Reno Mustang, Renegade Roper, Sixgun Schwaby, Coyote Cole, Loose Cannon, Grady County Kid, Road Runner, Fannie Kicker, Titus A. Gnatsass, Doc Hurd, Silver, Kent and Fort Worth Dallas.

 

Five stages – 8 The Church, 9 Stagecoach, 10 The Range, back to 6 Fort Courage, 7 OKc Corral. Fun, quick and varying.

 

Friday evening ended with an 'all in' shootout. I chose not to enter this year but set to cheer on the fellow lady shooters, opting to spot with Jack and Hurricane Deck for each shooter on the north end. Four ladies and 29 men participated with the winners being 'Ima Quickshot' and 'Matt Black'.

This was followed up with a dinner in the pavilion catered by John Elder's restaurants. No one went hungry and it was efficiently done.

I was introduced to chocolate cake shots too – thanks Complicated Lady!! Yum!

Late that evening (as was expected) it started to rain and Saturday we all awoke to a very, very, wet and gloomy looking morning. Cowboy up we did and headed out to complete the final 5 stages. Hand warmers, coats, scarves, slickers, umbrellas, towels, everyone scrambling for what bit of cover there was.

The final five – 3 Mercantile, 4 The Mine, 5 Livery, 1 The Depot, 2 Saloon

 

Done and dusted! A clean match for me and Jack a few misses, it was up to the scoring system now to see how we faired against a tough pack of players.

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is the famed setting for Land Run banquets and you couldn't find anything more appropriate for a bunch of cowboy's and cowgirl's. Served meals and waited tables it certainly is in a class of its own and pleasantly surprised a number of new Land Run attendees.

 

The costume contest ran well and whilst I registered and encouraged entrants, my judge's for this year – Cheeka Bow Wow, Two Gun Johnnie, Shotglass and Tacky Jackie did an exceptional job of getting everyone through and we were all sitting down to hot meals with other halves and friends. I sincerely thank you all again for giving your time to do this.

There were many great costumes and some very excited winners in the categories of Couple, Men's, Ladies, Young Man, Young Lady, Military, Silver Screen and Soiled Dove. Congratulations one and all!

The presentations went off without a hitch as Flat Top Okie does an exceptional job of delivery and keeping to time. Everyone's friends and match photographers, Fly and Just L, chipped in for a raffle of a beautiful cowboy quilt Mean Mary had made. Grizzly Dave won it and promptly donated back for auction. On top of the original $3075 raised, an additional $800 by the generosity of Tacky Jackie and Bois D'Arc who then also gave the quilt to Just L and $500 from a rifle Mean Mary won and donated back for auction. Gorgeous people, all of them and that will go a long way to Just L's continued medical expenses.

 

In the Silver Senior category Jack finished 5th alongside Don Jorge taking 1st place, congratulations sir!, Aberdeen 2nd and SW Regional champion, congratulations to you sir also!, 3rd Greasy Creek Slim, 4th Lefty Wheeler, 6th G.W. Ketchum and 7th Creek. Congratulations gents!

 

Jack also came 2nd place in the Best Dressed Men's category wearing his 1890's sack suit!

 

Out of all the shooters there were only 54 clean shooters which goes to show the conditions on the second day probably had a lot to do with that.

In the Lady Wrangler category, 1st was myself alongside 2nd place Renegade Roper, 3rd Calamity Di Bar and 4th Cheeka Bow Wow. Congrats ladies!

 

I accomplished an overall ladies win for the Regional this year and with a clean match, finished 14th overall! Matt Black won the men's overall, congratulations!

 

To all that placed in their categories, won side matches, clean matches, won guns etc (thank you Bond Arms for the .45 derringer) a hearty round of applause to one and all.

To the Territorial Marshal's, Match Director's – Missouri Mae and Flat Top Okie and all the other Marshal's for your assistance during the past week and weekend, without you all, this shoot would not run like the well oiled machine that it is.

Looking forward to next year and if you've never been here to Land Run, get it on your calendar or bucket list!!

 

See you on the range somewhere.

Kat xo

 

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Ambush At Tomahawk Pass

In the little town of Jonesboro (and Hodge), Louisiana, a gathering of cowboy's and cowgirl's came together for 'Ambush at Tomahawk Pass'. The SASS Louisiana State Championships for 2018.

As reported yesterday the range conditions quickly turned to mud and quite cool temperatures for the match but today's muddy, cold mess at least brought sunshine and clear blue skies with it.

 

Moving on from yesterday, our Posse of Stumpman, Mustang Toni, T-Bone Dooley, Ellie Gant, Ramblin Rose, Mad Dog Too, Roy Sackett, Cherokee Gal, Short Tree, Shakey Nate, Cornbread Dan, Hotshot Cotton, Hot Lead Lefty, Deuce McCall, The Arizona Ranger, Jackaroo (as Posse Marshal) and myself, all worked extremely well and it was a pleasure to shoot with each and every one of you.

Think our posse had at least 4 clean shooters. Out of the 108 shooters, 25 shot clean with Jack and I both pulling off a clean match ourselves.

Congratulations to the other Cowboy shooters! (Yes I did say Cowboy, Jack decided to shoot a few categories less than his usual) Slick McClade 1st place and Louisiana State Champion, Mr Black 2nd place and Jack 3rd place, finishing 6th place overall!

 

Check out the neat Posse Marshal gift too, a jacket with their alias and embroidered match name on it. What a nice and different idea.

 

Cogratulations to my fellow Lady Wranglers! Dew R Dye in 2nd Place and Nellie Blue in 3rd place and the Louisiana State Champion.

 

To round out the match overall Men's – Slick McClade and overall Ladies – Kathouse Kelli.

 

To the Overall Louisiana State Champions – Slick McClade and Nellie Blue – a huge congratulations to you both.

 

Once again, a very huge thank you to the Jacksonhole Regulators for a great match and hospitality.

Look forward to seeing y'all on the trail somewhere.

Kat xo

 

Bienvenue en Louisiane

Welcome to Louisiana!

 

We arrived in Louisiana on Wednesday afternoon to pleasant weather albeit a little overcast.

It's time for Ambush at Tomahawk Pass, the Louisiana State Championships hosted by the Jackson Hole Regulators.

Thursday, we are ready for Wild Bunch and Side Matches. Had some good runs during side matches and considering how long it had been since we've shot Wild Bunch, it wasn't bad either!

It was warm and humid which brought on a big change with some storms coming down from the North.

It bucketed down towards the final stage. The ground was getting slippery and not looking flash for today (Friday).

 

With the tornado warnings for the North and the massive rain dump, thunder and lightning last evening, we were set to start the match in wet and muddy conditions.

This morning we awoke to cloudy skies but no rain. It is cold and such a stark contrast to yesterday!

 

At times I think we were breathing more steam clouds than Mustang Toni's black powder loads!! 🙂

We got through it though – look at the range! Empty! It's darn cold!

 

Banquet and side match awards tonight. Final 5 stages tomorrow. So far – Jack and I are both clean.

Kat xo

 

The Week That Was

Not much exciting this week at all really but still a full week.

Last weekend we had cowboy on Saturday and Wild Bunch on Sunday wih the Territorial Marshal's. Pretty good run on stages and getting the 1911's working ready for State and End Of Trail.

A lot of cutting out, ready to get Pearl's outfits done, corsets a plenty, have even managed to throw a few pieces my way. Looking forward to later doing some little dresses for three tiny cowgirls.

Practice this week was good, throwing lead down range is always a good day anyway!!

Weather has been exceptional with the occasional tornado watch thrown in but hey! That's what you get when in Oklahoma! 🙂

Yesterday we hit a few shops, lazed in front of the tv and watched a movie with coffee and danishes. No work, no phones…..I'm sure each of us dozed off at least once.

Then to top it off it, went to the Dr's for Jack to get the stitches out of his thumb and head to Louie's (same car park, like we hadn't planned that!) for cheap beers and burgers!

Got to talk to a few kidlets and the grandbaby boys! FaceTime and Skype are awesome!

Now it's time to get up and get moving, enough of this laying around, bacon and eggs are calling and I can hear the geese on the pond!

 

Have a good one!

Kat xo

 

Old Fort Parker, Groesbeck, TX

Not many Australian's could claim they have shot out of an 1836 Fort block house and today this became reality for Jackaroo and I.

'On May 19th, 1836, a band of Indians came to Parker's Fort asking for beef, water and a place to camp. When greeted by the Parker's the Indians attacked, taking five captives! The most famous of these was 9 year old Cynthia Ann Parker. She was adopted by a Comanche family, grew up to marry Chief Peta Nocona and later gave birth to the last great Warrior Chief of the Comanche's, Quanah Parker' (as quoted from the Old Fort Parker web page)

By the way, Cynthia Patker is buried in Lawton, Oklahoma.

For the start of Senior Games (being held at Old Fort Parker hosted by the Old Fort Parker Patriots) we attended Long Range in the block house. How cool is that! We borrowed a 30-30 and ammo – thanks Kow Katcher and Bent Barrel Betty and then had a go at the 45-70 single shot, longest barrel I've ever seen, rifle and had a ball! 4 from 5 shots on each rifle. Got to be happy with that.

So below this is the block house.

 

And this is the view from the port where we shot. See the far white targets, right in the back of the picture? The hanging 'sight' target and then the two squares and the circle? That's what we were shooting at across the whole range.

 

Then after this we waited for rain to cease before Wild Bunch and side matches could begin. As luck would have it, it did, and we were able to complete 4 stages and the side matches with only very muddy surrounds but no extra rain!

 

Tomorrow will begin 5 stages and hopefully the weather will stay dry until at least we are finished.

Until then, (as Mister Skye would say) shoot straight and keep your powder dry.

Kat xo

http://www.oldfortparker.org

http://oldfortparkerpatriots.weebly.com

 

Brinkley, Arkansas

We hit the road before lunchtime today looking to make it, NOT at Conway, but somewhere between Memphis (Hi Marty and Gina! And Erik and Michelle!) and Fayetteville, TN. Plans change quickly, gotta keep up! Me included! Haa haa haa.

Anyway so we shared driving and were tracking okay but just past Little Rock we headed into a storm which had been skirting around us for some time. Wooooo what a ripper!

I gave up hat making, we were in the midst of eating snicker doodle cookies – thunder and lightning, very very frightening! Galileo, Galileo……… Sorry having a Queen moment. It was a pretty impressive light show, managed to get a pic.

 

However, the torrential rain after, was not cool! We were down to 40-50mph, everyone going slow, hazard lights on as we travelled the road.

And here we are. Stopped at Brinkley, AR, sitting the storm out. Sounds like Little Rock got hit with some very strong damaging winds after we went through there too according to the weather report on the tv now.

Stay safe Cowboys and Cowgirls.

 

Kat xo