Ringers on Rocky Top- Horseshoe Pitching Comes to Knoxville

0 Comments 📅August 10th, 2012, 14:04
Joyce Manis of Wisconsin focuses on the pin as she prepares for one of her final pitches.

Joyce Manis of Wisconsin focuses on the pin as she prepares for one of her final pitches.

It’s always exciting to host unique events such as the 2012 World Horseshoe Tournament. With over 1,500 competitors in attendance, this event brought many new people to Knoxville to see everything that we have to offer.

This “Ringers on Rocky Top” event was hosted by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) and finishes up this weekend. There are eight different divisions of competition with pitchers coming from all across the country and ranging from the ages of 7 to 93.

This is not your backyard picnic type of horseshoe pitching. Competition is serious. Pitchers stay extremely focused throughout and some say that even the slightest distraction could throw off their entire game. Family and friends provide quiet support in the bleachers, hoping to be able to call their dad, sister or grandmother the next national champion of horseshoe pitching.

The tournament brought special regulation Kentucky blue clay to create 50 pitching courts. This clay gives the courts a cleaner playing style at the proper moisture level.

For those of us that wanted to be spectators, but didn’t know the ins-and-outs of the game, event organizers hand out tip sheets explaining all the details of competition.

Horseshoe pitching is one of the few sports that has a competition league and national champions for men, women, boys and girls. But from what I have seen, I will have to step up my game in the backyard before I can enter next year’s competition!

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