EDGEWOOD, NM - END of TRAIL, the Single Action Shooting Society’s World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting will celebrate its 26th Anniversary with a spectacular tribute to Gunfights of the Wild West when it returns to the organization’s 480 acre Founders Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico, June 21-24, 2007.
Based on the series Classic Gunfights by Bob Boze Bell as seen in True West Magazine, the theme of END of TRAIL 2007 will focus on the stories and illustrations as compiled by the author/artist, featuring some of the most famous gunfights ever recorded from America’s Wild West. Artwork created by Bell who is noted as one of the America’s preeminent Old West Gunfight experts will be used throughout the event publications and put on display in an exhibition of the artists work.
The Nation's oldest and largest Cowboy Action Shooting competition and Wild West festival, END of TRAIL draws more than 1000 authentically dressed competitors from around the world to vie for the World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting. A western United States tradition dedicated to preserving the history of the Old West, End of Trail is a celebration of the Old West Cowboy lifestyle, surrounded by a four-day festival open to the public and featuring traditional entertainment and activities for the entire family.
A living history encampment spread across 100 acres of the pristine ranch in the hills east of Albuquerque, END of TRAIL will serve up a full schedule of continuous live entertainment featuring traditional performances from the most popular Western entertainers in the country. Among the events scheduled are historical re-enactments, educational seminars, equestrian events, cowboy music & poetry, gunfighter stunt shows, Stage Coach Rides, trick roping, and a chuck wagon cooking competition. Television’s Bob Munden will perform live-fire demonstrations on the entertainment shooting bay and more than 100 vendor booths offering a variety of cowboy gear, firearms, Old Western merchandise, antiques, memorabilia, arts, crafts, and great food, will be on hand for spectators and participants alike.
Cowboy Action Shooting is a sport in which shooters compete in fantasy scenarios based on actual events from history, Western movies and Western TV series. Designed to preserve the history of the Old West, competitors (men, women and juniors) are required to dress in authentic attire from the late 1800's and must use authentic or replica single action revolvers, lever action rifles and old-time shotguns of the period.
The Single Action Shooting Society is an international organization created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. SASS endorses regional matches conducted by affiliated clubs, stages END of TRAIL The World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting, promulgates rules and procedures to ensure safety and consistency in Cowboy Action Shooting matches, and seeks to protect its members' 2nd Amendment rights. SASS’ 75,000 members share a common interest in preserving the history of the Old West and competitive shooting.
The 26th Annual END of TRAIL World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting and Wild West Jubilee is produced by the Single Action Shooting Society, better known as SASS. Admission is $10.00 per person per day. Children 12 and under are free. Discounted tickets can be purchased on line for $8.00 at www.sassnet.com. Parking is $2.00 per vehicle. Event hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday – Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. All spectators are encouraged to dress Western, but are not permitted to carry firearms. All spectators in the shooting areas must have eye protection (sunglasses). Hearing protection is encouraged and available on site.
Founders Ranch is located in Edgewood, New Mexico, just 20 miles east of Albuquerque and six miles off Interstate 40. Heading east from Albuquerque, exit Sedillo and go east on route 333 to Highway 217. Go south five miles on Highway 217 to Juan Thomas Road then turn left 1.5 miles to Barton Road. Turn left on Barton road ¾ mile to the Founders Ranch entrance. For other event and lodging information call (714) 694-1800 or visit our web site at www.sassnet.com.