A few weeks ago I was invited to stop by the Victoria Horseshoe Club Open House. What can I say, other than I had the greatest time?!
It's a game you've probably heard of many times. Heck, you might even have played it at the occasional family reunion. But, here are a few facts you may not have known about the game:
- Horseshoes as a game dates back to the second century in Western Asia and Europe
- There are competitive leagues in the United States and Canada: The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America (NHPAA) and Horseshoe Canada Association
- Victoria, BC has the second largest club in Canada (a club in Ontario is the biggest)
- You don't "throw" the horseshoe, you "pitch" it
- When the shoe encircles the stake, it's called a ringer (worth 3 points)
- Shoes that land within 6 inches of the stake, but do not encircle it, are worth 1 point
- A shoe that lands against the stake, but does not encircle it, is called a "leaner"
Tom for reaching out through the comments section of Injured Player and inviting me to the Victoria Horseshoe Club Open House. And thanks to - Gordon, Pat, and Sharon for being excellent teachers! And to all the members of the club; my friends and I felt so welcome and had a great time.
Are you the next great horseshoe player?
The Club is always looking for new members. Men, women, and youth! Visit their website for more information: www.victoriahorseshoeclub.com