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SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The cowboys have taken over a ranch in Swanton this weekend.

Some of them are real, others only played them on TV.

It's all part of the annual 'Cowboy Up For Vets Benefit Horse Show,' being held at the W.B. Ranch on County Road B in Swanton.

The event is raising money for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.

That group will then donate money to two local families.

It's a way for riders to cowboy up for vets.

"They're ready to give their lives for us and help us, so we can do something like this," said event organizer Judy Shafer.

Riders from the Black Swamp Bandits Mounted Shooters are putting on a shooting competition.

The riders maneuver around an obstacle course shooting out balloons.

If you go, don't worry.

The arena is indoors and heated.

Riders compete for belt buckles.

Money for the Relief Society comes from the entry fee of riders.

"It's a different sport to do with your horse and it's never the same pattern, it's never the same day. Always something new," said rider Jen Everly.

One of the most popular TV cowboy shows in the 60's was 'The Virginian.'

Reruns now air on Me-TV.

Cast members from the show like Gary Clark are at the show mingling with fans, signing autographs and lending support to area veterans.

Gary played 'Steve Hill' on 'The Virginian' before getting fired.

"After they fired me, they brought me back three more times and I got paid 3-4 time more than when I was a regular on the show," said Mr. Clark.

This runnin' gunnin' competition resumes on Sunday morning at 8:30.

Admission is free.

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