Teri High

Teri High competes in cowboy mounted shooting with her horse, Parrot.  

Teri High is a modern day Annie Oakley.

The Bozeman native began competing in cowboy mounted shooting in 2008 and will soon reach the top level for her age group. The sport involves riding horseback with a .45-caliber single-action revolver and shooting balloon targets in a timed trial.

“It’s so much fun. You’re riding horses and shooting guns. What could be more fun than that?” High said.

High, 56, grew up with horses and said she knew how to ride before learning to walk. She competed in rodeo throughout her teenage years and later joined a college rodeo team at Western Oklahoma State College.

After a friend introduced High to cowboy mounted shooting, there was no turning back. She spends almost every weekend in the summer and several other times throughout the year traveling to compete. Last year alone, she competed in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana.

High tries to practice once a week and has gotten others in the Bozeman area involved in the sport. High said that even with more than a decade of experience, she still finds mounted shooting challenging.

“This is probably one of the most humbling sports out there. Some days, you look like you know what you’re doing and other days you don’t,” High said.

Just this last weekend, High participated in the Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry Shootout in Utah and won in the overall senior lady category. She said it wouldn’t be possible without her competition horses, Aly and Parrot.

The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association has set levels for all ages to participate in competition. High said it’s easy for anyone to get hooked.

“Come try it with us once and then you’ll see how much fun it is,” High said

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