Gallop full tilt down the arena. Shoot five targets. Turn in the dirt, hooves flying. Holster on the mid-turn. Draw the second gun. Gallop hard to the finish, shooting five more targets.
Do it in ten seconds or less. About as long as it takes to read this far. It takes the breath away to think of it.
Ten short seconds. That’s how long it takes Kenda Lenseigne to complete a cowboy shooting course. What you don’t see is the lifetime she’s spent training horses and shooting, and the countless hours of hard work spent every day, to get to this level.
The hard work and discipline of working and riding horses began early, when Kenda started competing in horse riding at the young age of four. Still in her teens, she moved to Texas and apprenticed with top cutting horse trainers, before being introduced to mounted shooting in California.
In 2009, Kenda became the first—and only—female Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) Overall World Champion, competing on her horse Justin. Previously a trail horse, Justin was trained by Kenda for mounted shooting. In her career she has set 11 world records, and in 2015, was inducted into the CMSA Hall of Fame.
Now a clinician, trainer and riding instructor, Kenda is also an ambassador for the Safariland® and Bianchi® brands, and has her own brand of products, the Kenda Lenseigne Signature Series, which features belts, holsters, and other accessories.
During October 17-20, Kenda will compete at the 2018 CMSA Wrangler World Championship, in Amarillo, Texas. Join us in wishing her well in the competition!