Perla Tapatía

Perla Tapatía

The Velasquez family of Phoenix, Arizona, carries on the proud tradition of la escaramuza, competing as a precision women’s drill team named Perla Tapatía.

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Arena All-Star

Story by Kyle Partain
Photograph by Sharon Fibelkorn

Typhoons SunsetDespite the fact she’s 22 years old, Sunset still runs faster than rider Tom Wilson can fire his gun in mounted-shooting competitions. The two have never set the mounted-shooting world on fire, but that hasn’t stopped them from having fun in the sport.

There were 29 horses and riders who took part in the first Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Championships in 1994. Tycoons Sunset, was just 7 years old at the time and was competing in her first competitive event.

Fifteen years later, Sunset has reached a ripe old age of 22, and is still carrying Tom Wilson into the arena at mounted shooting matches along the West Coast. Wilson is 69, so the pair would definitely qualify as the oldest horse-rider tandem at just about any match they attend. Make no mistake; Tom and Sunset haven’t exactly set the mounted-shooting world on fire with their accomplishments. The pair is mostly in it to have a good time and hang out with old friends.

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Rodeo Trivia, Round Two

Harley MayWith the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo starting tomorrow (December 5-14 in Las Vegas), it’s time for Rodeo Trivia. Questions are based on Rodeo Legends, Volume 2, a Western Horseman book written by Kyle Partain.

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