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FEATURE // KENDA

On Jun. 10, 2011, Kenda Lenseigne set yet another world record in her sport of cowboy mounted shooting. In this photo, she and her winning horse, Justin, are completing that record run in Guthrie, OK.

KENDA LENSEIGNE WORLD CHAMPION

As you scan the tournament guide, you read that you’ll be firing a single action revolver, requiring that you re-cock the gun after each timed shot. You’ll be required to change guns—from a holster, using only one hand. As you raise your eyebrows, you learn that you’ll also be firing at moving targets. And as laughter turns to tears, the instructions specify: “... all from horseback at 35 mph.” This is what Kenda Lenseigne does for a living, and she’s the best in the world.

wo weeks prior to the 2011 Bianchi Cup Championships, Kenda Lenseigne granted Shooting Sports USA an interview from her ranch in Arizona. Her enthusiasm for her sport came through the phone as she explained the rules of Cowboy Mounted Shooting, her training, and learning a new gun for the Bianchi Cup as a celebrity guest. SSUSA: We adjusted the schedule for your flight this evening. Are you off to another shoot? KL: I’m headed to Oregon for the Cabela’s grand opening in Springfield. I will be there representing one of my sponsors, Cimarron Firearms, promoting the new line of my signature mounted shooting guns. Cabela’s picked up the line to carry in their stores so this is a great way to help kick-off the partnership. SSUSA: Your schedule is pretty full with daily training, national clinics and 30 competitions a year. KL: I devote a lot of time coaching people for the sport, with private instruction and mounted shooting clinics all over the U.S. I also take in clients’ horses for training, plus I have four shooting horses of my own—my best horse Justin and three up-and-comers that hopefully will become a good back-up for Justin. All require a strict program that includes pattern work and acclimation to gunfire noise.
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SSUSA: How did you begin your equestrian career? KL: I started riding on my own when I was two years old in Washington. I credit my career path to my mom who rode horses while she was pregnant with me and tells me as soon as I could hold my own head up, I’d ride in the saddle with her. I had my first pony at age two and I began competing in junior rodeo at age four. After high school I moved to Texas and worked on a cutting horse ranch as an apprentice with some of the best trainers in the industry. SSUSA: Is there a lot of similarity with that early work and what you do now in cowboy mounted shooting? KL: Some. The timed aspect of rodeo events are similar, with pattern work against the clock, and the finesse of working cow horses is similar in the way a horse needs to be balanced and athletic. I am fortunate to have experience in both worlds to use that knowledge now in my training program. SSUSA: Is the gunfire noise a wall that some horses just can’t get past? KL: Sometimes. In my 13 years, I’ve had only a few horses that have had a hard time accepting the noise, at least to match the skill level of the rider. It’s one thing to let the horse run as fast as it wants because they are running scared, which usually means poor pattern performance as the horse is more than likely out of control. Some horses accept gunfire right away, while others take a little longer.

LUCINDA WOODS FOR WESTERN SHOOTING HORSE MAGAZINE



Shooting Sports USA - July 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - July 2011

Shooting Sports USA - July 2011
Competitor’s Corner
Contents
Shooter’s News
Book Review
High Power vs. Smallbore
Score Sheet
Camp Perry
Kenda Lenseigne
National Firearms Museum Private Tour
Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun Match
Coming Events
Member Info./Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Shooting Sports USA - July 2011
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Cover2
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Competitor’s Corner
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Contents
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Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - 6
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Book Review
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - High Power vs. Smallbore
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Score Sheet
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Camp Perry
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - 13
Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Kenda Lenseigne
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Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - National Firearms Museum Private Tour
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Shooting Sports USA - July 2011 - Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun Match
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