Kentucky's Mammoth Cave adds horses to the NRA Adventure

Participants of the Women's Outdoor Adventure enjoy a trail ride on horseback

Park City, Kentucky - We're down to the final two days of NRA's Women's Outdoor Adventure here at the Rockcastle Shooting Center. Filled with nonstop activity, the ladies have taken their turns shooting sporting clays, tactical-style rifle and an action pistol competition.

They've also been enjoying the great outdoors with dinners near a historic cave as well as a tree-top zip-line canopy tour of Mammoth Cave National Park. But how can you be to Kentucky, right before Derby weekend no less, without spending an afternoon on horseback? Thanks to the Mammoth Cave Adventures, our ladies were able to get a taste of that Derby excitement as they set out on their favorite fillies for a trail ride through Mammoth Cave National Park.

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Zipline action through the Mammoth Cave National Park

Park City, Kentucky - As promised, here are more photos from this morning's zip-line tour. As you can see, these ladies of the Women's Outdoor Adventure were truly walking on air as they zipped across five lines in Mammoth Cave National Park. Thanks to our guides at Mammoth Cave Adventures for keeping everyone "zipping on!"

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A group from the Women's Outdoor Adventure during the zip-line tour

Park City, Kentucky - Since we’ve been here in Kentucky for the Women’s Outdoor Adventure, the women have spent plenty of time shooting. But this morning was all about enjoying the great outdoors. The ladies headed down the road to Mammoth Cave Adventures where they split up into groups to either go horseback riding or on a zip-line canopy tour.

First up was zip-lining, so the ladies got fitted with harnesses and helmets before heading off into the woods. The zip-line tour included five different zip-lines, which connect to platforms attached to trees, high above the ground.

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WOA participant Deb shoots on the move with her rifle

Park City, Kentucky - For the participants of the Women's Outdoor Adventure, yesterday was spent on the range learning to shoot different guns. The ladies of Group C spent the afternoon on the rifle range, where I caught up with them as they learned to shoot on the move. 

The women began the course of fire by shooting at two paper targets before moving around stacked barrels to three more targets. As they shot the three middle targets, they were encouraged to move as they shot, combining accuracy with speed.

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WOA participant Raquel sets her sights on the rifle range

Parck City, Kentucky - Earlier we took at look at the Group A "Alphas" pistol shooting that took place this morning at the Women's Outdoor Adventure, but just a few birms away, the ladies of Group B were rockin' their rifles. Led by champion shooter Kay Clark Miculek along with instructors Dianna Lierdorff and Judy Woolley, the ladies shot .22 caliber Smith & Wesson AR-15-platform rifles. 

In addition to learning marksmanship skills with each firearm, participants of the Women's Outdoor Adventure are also getting a chance to receive individual instruction from some of the shooting industry top competitors, including Miculek, Lierdorff, and Woolley. 

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Instructors bow down to Marg, the participant who was named Group Goddess

Park City, Kentucky - There was no shortage of shooting this morning at the Women's Outdoor Adventure as the participants took to the ranges for their first day of formal instruction. The ladies broke into three groups, with each heading to either the rifle, pistol, or shotgun range. 

This morning, I caught up with Group A, who named themselves "The Alphas", on the pistol range. Led by instructor Debbie Keehart, the women got down to work with Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm pistols. After starting with basic shooting drills to reinforce the fundamentals of shooting, Keehart and fellow instructors Annette Aysen and Lori Wicen got the group the move. 

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Participants get their food during a special Cave Dinner

Park City, Kentucky - For many people, dining al fresco means having dinner on their deck or perhaps on the patio of their favorite restaurant. But for the participants of the very first NRA Women's Outdoor Adventure, it meant dining near the mouth of a cave. 

The chef of Park Mammoth Resort prepared a delicious dinner for the women and while they dined, owner Nick Noble spoke to the them about the history of the caves.  

"You're sitting in front of two different caves. Although they are only 20 yards apart, they don't connect," Noble explained.  

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Taking aim at sporting clays during NRA's Women's Outdoor Adventure

Park City, Kentucky - Today was all about high-fives and cheers of encouragement as the ladies took to the range for the first time at the Women's Outdoor Adventure. After this morning's safety briefing and firearms orientation, the women were itching to start shooting. On the agenda this afternoon was several rounds of sporting clays and 5-stand.

Each shooter was paired with their own instructor and they took turns disintegrating clay targets as they flew through the air. Once they had mastered the basics, lead instructor Elizabeth Lanier decided to have a little fun with the shooters.

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The women learn how to determine which eye is dominant

Park City, Kentucky - Storm clouds settled upon the horizon yesterday as participants for NRA's inaugural Women's Outdoor Adventure began settling in. Greeted by the staff and fellow attendees, the ladies marveled as claps of lightning rivaled the percussion from a .50 caliber rifle.

This morning, the first day of the Women's Outdoor Adventure, started ... well, wet. Heavy rain that fell through the night and into the morning left the Rockcastle Shooting Center's range soaked. So rather than heading straight out into the muck, the ladies stayed indoors for a comprehensive safety and firearms orientation briefing.

After instructors covered safety procedures for the ranges, the women were left with an important task - to determine whether they were right or left-eye dominant. With that mission accomplished, they spent the rest of the morning becoming familiar with the various rifles, pistols and shotguns each are scheduled to fire throughout the week.

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