Though the first Horseshoe pitching contest may have started as a substitute for discus throwing by the ancient Greeks, the sport can trace its roots back to the Romans and British; to the American Revolutionary War, and up to the present with the formation of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association. Horseshoe pitching is an inexpensive sport, requires a small playing area, and involves a moderate amount of healthful outdoor exercise. Though horseshoes is played by individuals of all ages, it is an ideal sport to satisfy the needs of older athletes. The acts of throwing the horseshoe, walking between the stakes, bending over to retrieve the shoes, and recording the scores provide both exercise and socialization between players. The game may be played with as few as two to as many as 36 players and requires that each participant keep score.

Events Offered:

  • Doubles


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"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."  


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