The United Mounted Shooters offers levels for competitors of all ages and experience levels.
Buckaroos -are competitors who use lead line assistance or are not able to shoot a firearm due to age or other reasons. There is no minimum or maximum age. Buckaroos may use lead line assistance or ride the course independently. Buckaroos do not fire any rounds and times are not recorded. Buckaroos receive 1 point for each match they participate in.
Recruit -The UMS wants to encourage new members to try the activity of mounted shooting. This level is NOT age based. A Recruit rides the course without assistance and may use cap guns or dry fire real pistols. They may shoot 5 rounds from the ground with the assistance of the match director or parent/guardian if under 18. Recruit shooters are timed for their ride. When shooting from the ground, there will be a 5 second penalty for each missed balloon. If they choose to not shoot from the ground, 25 seconds will be added to their time, 5 seconds for each missed balloon. When a Recruit shooter is competent in riding the course and firing from the ground, they may move into the 1 level of competition. The choice to move up is decided by the competitor or the parent/guardian if under 18. As with all new competitors, a qualifying run must be made prior to competition with the Rangemaster approving the competitor.
Level 1 Shooter - A new competitor to mounted shooting who can ride the course and fire at targets safely. Anyone starting out without prior experience or as a level 1 will start as a Level 1 shooter. To move up to the next level, a competitor must win this level 3 times with at least 4 entries in the class
Level 2 Shooter - A Level 2 shooter will move up to the next level after winning their class 4 times with 5 or more entries in the level.
Level 3 Shooter - To move up to the next level, a competitor must win 4 times with at least 6 entries in the class.
Level 4 Shooter –To move up to the next level, a competitor must win 4 times with at least 6 entries in the class.
Level 5 Shooter –A Level 5 Shooter is at the top level. Wins against at least 5 other competitors will count towards a counted win. Counted wins will be tracked for possible future use.
Riders coming from another association will be assigned in a level as follows:
1/ Rookie/Novice/ Level 1
2 /Non-Pro/Amateur / Level 2
3 /Semi-Pro /Limited /Level 3
4 /Semi-Pro/ Limited / Level 4
5 & 6 /Pro /Open / Level 5
There will be an open and a senior division. All competitors will ride in the open division unless they choose and fit the conditions for the senior division.
Senior Division – Any UMS member who is age 50 or older as of January 1 of the current year is eligible to compete in the senior division. The senior division is optional and once a member chooses it, they must remain in that division for the entire year. Anyone wishing to compete in the senior division must notify the UMS before their first competition of the season. A competitor wishing to move back into the regular divisions after competing in the senior division for a season must notify the UMS before their first competition of the season. Levels included in the senior division include 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.