Horseshoes for Women?
By Charles Johnston
I suppose that most men and a few women think horseshoes are a man's dominating sport, well think again, men do not dominate this sport. You may see a few women at backyard events pitching some shoes to make an even number of teams. I never much thought about the caliber of women horseshoe pitchers until I joined the Clearwater Horseshoe Club. What an eye opener that was to meet and watch the best State and World Women Champions.
In March of '09, the Clearwater Horseshoe Club hosted the first ever organized Pro-Tour Horseshoe Tournament. This event brought some of the greatest Women State and World Champions from across the United States to Clearwater. I had heard some of the names from our club members who had competed against some of them in other tournaments. The only one I had met was Sue Snyder briefly about six months ago who travels to Florida for several of our tournaments.
Some of the best women pitchers in the U. S. who entered this event were:
It would take about two days to list all the accomplishments just these few women have accomplished in the World of Horseshoes. These women did not get to these world rankings by watching the guys play. I was informed by a few of these pros that they practice every day throwing 300-500 shoes a day, now you know why they are champions.
This sport is about having fun. In this sport there are no bench-warmers, everybody plays. With horseshoes being a handicap sport you get to compete against these great players and beat them from time to time.
I am surprised that more women and men of Clearwater do not take advantage of this sport. The Clearwater Horseshoe Club has been recognized as the best pitching facility in the state and maybe in the U.S. This statement has come from almost every out of state person who enters our events.
Take advantage of this great facility. Stop by any time at the Club's location, 1326 S. Martin Luther King Ave., Clearwater, or call 727-453-1480 for more information.
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