EAGLE POINT -- Some sports are easier to pick up than others. Cowboy mounted shooting is something you can't just quickly learn.
"It’s not one of those sports where you can just watch a bunch of YouTube and figure it out yourself," Amateur Athlete of the Week, Corey Odle, said, "You have to actually go and get some help."
It is hard for the rider to learn, but sometimes, it can be even harder for the horse.
"Sometimes it takes a horse two years before they [can do it]. Some of them never really like it," Odle said.
His horse, Zip, owned by Tim and Judy Taylor, caught on right away. He makes it look easy, but horses have to be trained not to jump or flinch at the sound of gunfire. To preserve the horse's hearing, ear plugs are put in their ears.
Odle won a national competition in Arizona along with several others in the area. He said this shows the sport is really starting to pick up in Southern Oregon.
"It's going on right here in the Rogue Valley," Odle said, "It's getting really popular."
At the end of the day, though, the sport isn't just for Southern Oregonians, it is for anyone who wants a thrill.
"It's just a huge adrenaline rush," Odle said, "Every time somebody sees it, it’s a blast and I’ll tell them it’s a blast. It’s fun to do. It obviously takes a long time to get to where you can shoot off a horse, but it’s totally worth it."
There are six levels at which you can compete in the sport. As you win more, you move up. With his win in Arizona, Odle is beginning to do just that.
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