St. Michael mounted cowboys shoot way to top

Charlie Little, left, and brother Chad Little, both of St. Michael, display their Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association world champion belt buckles. Chad took first place this year, and Charlie took second.

Charlie Little, left, and brother Chad Little, both of St. Michael, display their Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association world champion belt buckles. Chad took first place this year, and Charlie took second.

Littles take 1st, 2nd place honors in world champion event

by Danielle Dullinger

Murphy News Service

 

Two St. Michael brothers recently made history when they won the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association overall world title and overall reserve world title.

The world competition took place in Texas and featured almost 400 competitors riding horses through courses and shooting targets. Chad Little, 26, was named world champion in the event. Younger brother Charlie Little, 24, received second place honors.

Cowboy mounted shooting is gaining popularity nationwide and is becoming increasingly popular in Minnesota, the Littles said. Cowboys ride on horseback during the timed competition and shoot at targets which are balloons on PVC pipes, Chad said. According to the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, two .45 caliber single action revolvers are used. Single action means you have to pull the hammer before each time you shoot, Chad said.

The Little brothers compete in 20 to 30 competitions a year, Chad said. Since the brothers began using their skills in 2000, Charlie has won overall world champion title once and overall reserve world champion twice, said Debbie Little, the brothers’ mother. Chad has won overall world champion twice and overall reserve world champion once, she said

Through five stages, Chad’s total time was 76.232 seconds, and Charlie’s total time was 76.631. The lowest time wins, and they each beat out the third place winner by almost two seconds.

“It was their weekend,” Debbie said.

The brothers are competitive, but insist they want the other to succeed.

“It was good my brother won the overall [world champion title],” Charlie said. “If it would have been anybody else, I would have been disappointed in myself. Any time you walk out with one and two, it doesn’t matter who gets it.”

Chad has the same views.

“We always look at it as it gives us two chances to win,” Chad said.

The Littles compete and train and sell horses as a full-time job, they said. The brothers own The Little Ranch which houses approximately 40 to 70 horses at any given point, they said. They sell 30 to 50 horses each year. At a recent competition with 45 horses, only 15 of the riders were not riding Little horses, Charlie said.

In addition to selling horses, the Littles provide lessons, clinics and “just about anything in riding,” Charlie said.

For more information on The Little Ranch, visit littlesperformancehorses.com/

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