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by on March 8, 2020

This week we are back in Florida, with the Ides Of March approaching I thought, why not find out what a hard working lady that's keeps the cowboy on point at The Ides has to say. The spotlight is pointed at "The Queen Of The Ides" Greta D. (another of my favorite people in this game!)


Where do you live? (what state or country) - Orlando, Florida


When did you start shooting CAS and how did you or who got you into the sport? - Started "learning" about the game in February 2005, didn’t shoot a match until October 2005.  My first day at the range in Orlando so that Brucester could watch a match and see what it was all about, I refused to get out of the truck at first.  I thought these people are crazy.  I finally got out of the truck and looked around a bit.  A cowboy tried talking to me and I politely said “please don’t take this the wrong way, but I think you people are freaks and would prefer if you left me alone”, yes that cowboy was Turkey Creek Red.  By the end of the day, he had me watching and chatting.  Thanks to him, Night Train Kate, The Jailer, Wolf Rider, Quicksdraw Connie and Bad Hombre, I’ve never looked back.

Who was your mentor, either known to them or not?  I was fortunate to have many in the beginning and still have many today.  But without Turkey Creek Red and Night Train Kate, I would have never started to shoot.


How much do you practice, how many rounds a month do you send down range?  Practice, what’s that?


Have you won any state, regional, national or world championships?  That’s funny…


Tell us about your most memorable match:  There have been so many amazing matches, but the most memorable was the Cowford Stampede 2005, my first real match.  I learned that you can’t sit and shoot while wearing a corset.  I learned that Doc Monday is the most amazing Posse Marshall/Timer Operator ever, because I’m a scaredy cat, he actually took apart some of the mine because I refused to shoot a particular stage.  I also had about 75 pistol missing cause I couldn’t shoot for crap yet.  Talk about a memorable experience.

What is your favorite aspect of CAS?  Without a doubt, the people.  I also love the confidence I’ve gained while learning to shoot and run things (which most of you know is my favorite part really.)


Where is your favorite place to shoot? (range or match past or present) – Lake County Pistoleros/The Ides of March of course.


What category do you shoot? Ladies 49’r

What is you posse job of choice?  Either running the timer or keeping score.


What is the time of your fastest clean stage? – I don’t shoot fast….ever.  My goal is to only let Bad Hombre beat me by a full minute during a match or to double Santa Fe River Stan’s time….usually I fail at both.


What was the best advice you got from a fellow shooter, and who was it?  Shoot my own match, don’t worry about anyone else.  Turkey Creek Red’s words of wisdom.


What advice can you give to some of the shooters reading this?  Have fun and ask questions.  We are all there to help each other.


What keeps you playing this game?  My Cowboy Family.  They are the ones that got me into this and without them I wouldn’t have survived losing Brucester.  This game kept me going and I will be forever grateful to all of the cowboys/cowgirls in my life.  No matter what I need – advice, guns cleaned, guns worked on, more ammo….I know who I can count on.  Even if it’s just a shoulder.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not on the range or shooting – Sleep….seriously though I enjoy reading and spending time with my 2 granddaughters.


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Blazing Saddles
Greta is an inspiration and a blast to work with, never a dull moment!
March 9, 2021