Fast Draw Championship About Targets, Flair

By KBJR News 1

July 24, 2014 Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Boulder Vaquero is easy to spot with a tail hanging from his pants.

"Whether it's my good–look charm or it actually helps, I don't know," said Troy Bollock, also known as Boulder Vaquero.

And he has a stance that's unlike any other.

"Over the course of the years, I've tried different things and ideas to get faster," said Bollock

That's the goal. To see how fast you can shoot a two–foot target 21 feet away.

Trust me. It's not as easy as it looks.

Over 40 cowboys and cowgirls tried their luck at the Wisconsin State Fast Draw Championship last weekend.

The three–day event is a replication of the late–1800's and the Old West. No one knows that better than reigning state champ Deb Stadin.

"You're trying to get three hits on the target before your competitor, and you can lose four times before you're out of these matches," Stadin said.

And whether you win or lose, it's just as important to look the part.

"If you don't shoot good, you just have to look good so we like to dress up as well," said Bonnie Bollock of the Powderhorn Ranch Regulators.

That's why their clothes are inspired by the period, too.

"Everything is handmade," Bollock said. "My wife makes about 99 percent of my clothes."

"This was handmade by a lady," said Tony Orman of the Black River Bandits. "These are traditional. These are period clothes."

And while I didn't have the right clothes on, they still accepted me into their family.

"I could make a good shooter out of you. A little time, a little time."

"It's like a big family reunion to us, and we're hosting this family reunion for all of our family members," Stadin said.

"It's pretty fierce on the line, but the minute you walk off it's a handshake, a hug, and back to being good ol' buddies," Bollock said.

Good ol' buddies trying to outdraw one another.

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
Bio - Facebook - Twitter - E-Mail