AQHA Crowns the First Cowboy Mounted Shooting Champions

by Tara Christiansen for The American Quarter Horse Journal

“Awesome!” Yep, that about sums up how it feels to win the very first AQHA world championship in cowboy mounted shooting, and it’s a claim that only youth competitor Zane Chunn can make.

Zane Chunn and Little Costa Latte

(Journal photo)

Aboard Little Costa Latte, Zane, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, shot down a time of 12.608 in youth cowboy mounted shooting to take home the coveted AQHA gold trophy at the 2012 Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship Show. Not only that, Zane also rode off with the youth reserve world championship aboard BH Snoop Dawg.

About five years ago, Zane caught a glimpse of cowboy mounted shooting while watching TV, and the 14-year-old gunslinger has been hooked ever since.

As the youngest entry at the inaugural Cowboy Mounted Shooting World, Zane was riding a mental game into the youth finals.

“I just was gonna ride my ride and do what I was gonna do,” he explained to Journal Editor Christine Hamilton during his Journal Winning Run interview. “Anything can happen because it’s a very difficult pattern. I was just happy that I made it through clean.”

Five-year-old dun mare Little Costa Latte, owned by Zane, Brenda and Chuck Chunn, hails from the breeding program of famed cowboy mounted shooter Annie Bianco-Ellett. The Cave Creek, Arizona, cowgirl, known popularly as “Outlaw Annie,” began one of the first breeding programs catered toward cowboy mounted shooting competition. El Costa Prom, the sire of Little Costa Latte, is the cornerstone of Annie’s program. Annie, “Costa” and his “Costa Colts” are featured in “Bullseye!” from the March-April 2012 America’s Horse magazine, free to AQHA members. In the story, located on Page 26, you’ll also find a photo of Zane and Little Costa Latte, who is out of Blackeyed Beatrice by Little Peppy Seiko.

It’s still up in the air as to how Zane is going to celebrate, but judging by the cheers from his family and fan club, it’s safe to say that he has got a large crew to help him figure out the perfect hallmark to this monumental win.