Old West fans can relive the golden days of John Wayne and Will Rogers thanks to an old but new equestrian sport; cowboy mounted shooting. During the Fourth of July weekend, Coeur d’Alene hosts the Northwest Mounted Shooters’ Regional Shoot, in which competitors race against the clock while on horseback, with a twist. The sport involves using two .45 caliber revolvers loaded with “powder blanks” that are capable of breaking balloons — without putting the crowd in danger — staged throughout the course. Riders must maneuver their horses as quickly as possible while shooting straight, as they’re judged on both time and accuracy. The event oozes Old West charm, since all competitors must wear Western clothing replicating the late 1800s.
Fri, July 3 to Sun, July 5, from 8 am-6 pm • Free • Kootenai County Fairgrounds • 4056 N. Government Way, CdA • northidahofair.com
— Katy Burge