Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ambush at Cavern Cove 2009

Papa Dave, Sheriff Frank Canton and I hitched up Papa Dave's wagon and made the trip to Ambush, The SASS Alabama State Championship, hosted by The North Alabama Regulators, Oct. 2-4, 2009

This was my first trip to Ambush because it is usually on the same weekend as the workers shoot thru for the Tennessee State Championship.

We got there just in time to check in, have lunch and shoot the afternoon wave of side matches.
They had the standard side matches plus The Cool Waters Secret Stage. It was a lot of fun and I, for one, am glad they made it a side match and not a main match stage.

Saturday morning started off with a safety meeting and a very interesting short presentation with some history about our flag.

We were on Posse 9, " The Absolute Best Posse there", Sidekick did an excellent job as our posse marshall, and everyone worked together making it as smooth running a posse as I've ever been on. We had 8 Category winners on our posse, as well as Sidekick the Ambush '09 Top Gun,
After 6 straight forward and fast stages we had plenty of time to visit the vendors, I've never seen so many vendors at a State Shoot, and clean up before the Sat. Night Banquet.

At the banquet we had a good meal, Best Dressed awards and door prize giveaways, I think they gave away 5 guns, but of course, none of us won anything.
There were ladies dressed in beautiful dresses and costumes as well as a lot of well dressed men. I was so stressed out over shooting bad I left my camera in my guncart at the range. See Sheriff Donalds Pictures.

I think I forgot to mention, the weather Saturday was fantastic. Papa Dave and I are still trying to think up a good excuse for why we shot so bad. I had 5 misses.

Ambush '09 Sunday

Sunday started with overcast skies for our final 4 stages. Apparently I do better when the weather is not perfect, I was clean on these.
We had just a slight drizzle just as we finished shooting, but it stopped before we got our gear packed.

We finished in plenty of time to visit the vendors again, eat lunch and visit with our old friends and some new ones.

The side match awards were given out as well as a Spirit Of The Game Winner from each Posse. Tennessee Triple B won it on our posse and no one was more deserving. That was followed by a brass auction to benefit the Boy Scouts who spent their weekend picking up and sorting brass and shotgun hulls. I would consider it a huge success as over $2100 was raised for them at the auction.

Next all the plaques were presented to The Alabama State Champions in each Category.
I apologize for my award pictures, it seems all the flashes were wreaking havoc with my auto focus. Again see Sheriff Donald's Pictures as they are better than mine.

Ambush '09 Category Awads

Next the awards were given to all the Category winners.

I'd like to congratulate The Top Gun, Sidekick, The Ladies Top Gun, Dew R Dye and all of the top 10 finishers.
2. Badlands Drifter, 3. Tall Drink A Water, 4. Prestidigitator, 5. Tuff Stuff, 6. Ozark Az, 7. Fast Eddie, 8. Harman Hammer, 9. SA Pondwater, 10. Sunshine Billy.

The Wartrace Regulators had a small contingent present, but those who made the trip fared well.

Papa Dave, 1st Elder Statesman, 21st Overall
Tabasco Jot, 4th Elder Statesman, 34th Overall
Randy Saint Eagle, 1st "B" Western, 36th Overall
Whiskey Hayes, 1st Classic Cowboy, 39th Overall
Capt. Jo Walker, 7th 49R, 46th Overall
Sheriff Frank Canton, 2nd Senior Frontier Cartridge, 111th Overall
Boothill Smoke, 6th Senior, 122nd Overall
Hot Lead Dancin', 8th Senior Duelist, 139th Overall
Blackwater Desperado 1st Frontiersman, 157th Overall
Frank Dalton,8th Frontier Cartridge Duelist, 201st Overall

Did I mention that Birdgun Quail came all the way from Huntsville Alabama just to shoot in the match. He also won the Spirit of the Game Award on his Posse, I think it's because he came from so far away.

I would also like to recognize , an outstanding young man, Levi Creed, 1st Buckaroo, 24th Overall.

To see where everyone finished, Overall Scores

We had a great time and I'd like to thank May Lillie
and all the North Alabama Regulators that worked
so hard to put on this match, with a special thanks to
Cool Waters for keeping me in bullets

Don't forget The Smokeout in the Hills, The Tn/Ky
Black Powder State Championship, Oct. 23-25, 2009
at Possum Trott.