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Cowboys and cowgirls will saddle up and start shooting Saturday to help foster and adopted children.

The second annual Parkland Foster/Adopt Families Cowboy Mounted Shoot will begin with an 11:30 meeting of participants at the Washington County Saddle Club grounds. The fundraiser, sponsored by the Missouri Big Irons shooting club, begins at noon at the Saddle Club, located next to the Fairgrounds on Highway 185. Proceeds go to the Parkland Foster/Adopt Families.

Admission is free for spectators. There is a $40 entry fee for competitors, who also may choose to enter the $10 jackpots on each of four courses.

Each rider will have one run in each of four patterns. The goal is to shoot out the balloons with a pistol in each course as quickly as possible. In the $30 rifle jackpot, riders will shoot the first five targets with a pistol, then must holster the pistol and use a rifle to shoot the remaining five.

Concessions will be available and prizes will be given to riders and spectators.

The outdoor arena is well kept with good footing. However, in case of a hard rain, the event will be postponed or canceled. In case of inclement weather, check the Web site at  .

Videos of past cowboy mounted shoot events are available at  .

After Karah and Paul Cain adopted their second son, Kolt, they wanted to help other children who were waiting for a permanent home. The Parkland Foster/Adopt Families organization provides support and events for children and families in the foster care system. They organized a cowboy mounted shoot last year and raised $1,489.

“It was so successful that the next day, people were calling and saying they wanted to do it again,” Karah Cain said.

For more information about the event, get directions or check to see if weather conditions have canceled the event, call Karah at 573-631-3143 or Paul at 573-701-2554.

Paula Barr is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 172 or at

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