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Current News and Updates
February27, 2016

Pat Snelgrove

Happy 2016 everyone! What a weird and wonderful year with the weather so far. As many of you know the 2016 World Tournament will be held in Montgomery, Alabama - so if you need qualifying events, any early spring tournament will be a great way to achieve this. Check the VaHPA website for the current schedule. Don?t forget to check our neighboring states also. North Carolina ? Raleigh area ? even though it?s January and February, are already holding some tournaments!. .

Just a reminder: even though the new horseshoe pitching season has already started, if you haven't gotten your membership card yet for 2016, you will need to do this BEFORE you will be eligible to play in any tournaments. 

 League Directors, the annual reminder of the importance of getting your membership lists sent in, before your league starts up. Even though we are just in February, it is not too early to think about your spring meetings and getting your players sanctioned.

The following State offices will be up for election/re-election in 2016. 1st VP- currently held by Chuck Duymich, and Secretary/Treasurer ? currently held by Pat Snelgrove. Anyone interested in either of these positions should notify the Executive Council by the end of July.

 A reminder that the Spring KickOff meeting for the State Council will be held in the middle of March. All Clubs should make sure that April Campbell, Committee Chair, has a list of your committee reps. Stay safe in the snow, and I?ll see you at a tournament soon!

The Toll of Time , Danny Brooks
Danny Brooks

Danny passed away February 17, 2016. The Stuarts Draft Horseshoe Club, Grottoes and Churchville Horseshoe Clubs will all miss his involvement. Danny loved the comaraderie and the competition that fair-play sport can bring. He loved pitching horseshoes and playing cornhole. He was well known throughout the community for supporting many sports – having children involved in baseball also, he never stopped. Our buddy, horseshoe pitching will miss you. Pat Snelgrove, President, Stuarts Draft HS Club

2016 Snow Shoe Festival
by Pat Snelgrove

Great weather   +   Crazy pitchers    =     The Champion

         Aaah! Pitching horseshoes outdoors in the middle of winter... gotta be nuts right? Our shoes are rusty, so are our arms. But some of us just do it because we love the sport and there’s nothing else going on until spring time. So, (continued on the next page)

Current News and Updates
February 7, 2016


        Good news for STATE SINGLES QUALIFICATIONS, at the business meeting on October 17, 2015, the State Committee voted to approve changing the qualification requirement for the State Singles. (Article XII, Section 2, C – 1) Pitchers will still need 3 qualifiers, but "the change is" only ONE of those must be a VIRGINIA sanctioned event!! Although this change will need a ratification vote at full membership meeting in August, it will be effective for the Singles 2016.

   Purpose: Remove requirement of three VIRGINIA events. Change the requirement to say that pitchers must have 1 sanctioned event in Virginia – the other two qualifying events can be out-of-state events. .

   Reason: Pitchers that reside on the borders of VA have issues just getting to VA events due to travel distance, so they pitch out-of-state events more often. They are still active members supporting the organization, but travel distance to VA events is prohibitive.

The Toll of Time , George Hopson

      George Hopson, a longtime VaHPA member from Chesterfield, passed away in October 2015. Barbara, his wife, called the other day to let us know. Always cheerful and upbeat, he had struggled with cancer for the last several years she said. And that’s how we will remember George. Always with a smile, good natured and ready to “just have fun”. As a member of the VaHPA for 25 years, we will miss his sense of humor and easy going personality.

Pat Snelgrove, Secretary

New Regional Director , Gary Martin 

           As a new officer for the VaHPA this year, I’m looking forward to working with the Executive Council and all the clubs and members. As part of my new duties, I am also taking on the responsibility of Regional Director for VaHPA.
         As you know, Kevin resigned last year, after holding the position for over 17 years. He did an outstanding job of keeping up with everything and representing NHPA for our members. This position will be a learning curve for me, but I thank Kevin for his many years of dedication, and continued willingness to assist as needed.

Gary Martin, 3rd VP, VaHPA

Current News and Updates
December 19, 2015

The Toll of Time , Thomas Banks

Thomas Banks a the 2012 Richmond Open

      Our friend and fellow horseshoe pitcher Thomas Banks (“Pops” ), from Richmond HS Club, passed away December 17th. His health had been declining for the past several months, and he had recently been released from the hospital to spend his last days at home. .

      Services for Thomas Banks will be held: 12/23/2015 (Wednesday) 1pm at the Wilson Funeral Home, 5008 9 Mile Road, Richmond, va 23223 (phone number of funeral home: 804-222-1720) (The location is immediately beside the intersection of S.Laburnham Rd and 9 Mile Rd)

    Thomas’s wife, Diane Banks, has called as many people as she had numbers for. She knows that Thomas loved his horseshoe pitching family, and I’m trying to reach anyone that might not have otherwise been notified.

      Condolences can be sent to the funeral home (address above) or to Diane Banks + family 10821 Shady Lane Charles City, VA 23030 Our thoughts and prayers for the family and friends, in this difficult time.

Pat Snelgrove

Current News and Updates
September 27, 2015

2 Tournaments have been rescheduled

Due to heavy rains yesterday 9/26 today, tonight and tomorrow, tournaments in Dublin and Sleepy Hole are both rescheduling.
Dublins new date is October 10
Portsmouth’s new date is October 24.

Just a reminder.
The annual State Business Meeting is Saturday, October 17. Starts at 1pm. At Martin’s Market/ Grocery store in Henrico, 4591 S Laburnum Ave, Henrico.
All members are encouraged to attend.
Hope to see you there !! Pat

Current News and Updates
August 5, 2015

2015 Virginia State Singles is NOT ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!

The State Singles will be on the weekend BEFORE Labor Day
August 29-30, in Stuarts Draft.

Sign up NOW – CUT OFF is Saturday, August 8!!

See you all in Stuarts Draft later on! Pat

Current News and Updates
March 4, 2015

The Virginia Horseshoe Pitchers Association
Home School Physical Education Course

     The Virginia Horseshoe Pitching Association (VaHPA) is offering a 6 week physical education horseshoe pitching program for home schooled students. Our first course will be in Stuarts Draft,Va at the Schnieder Park horseshoe pits. April 23 - May 15, 9:00-12:00 AM (Thursday mornings, once-a-week, for six weeks) . The course is limited to 24 students. Students are encouraged to sign up by April 16. Parents can sign up on April 23 if spaces are open. Cost to students is zero, parents may participate for a 50% discounted membership into our association of $12.50.

    Kevin Snelgrove, Regional Director for the National Horseshoe Pitchers Assn, will instruct the course assisted by several members of the Stuarts Draft Horseshoe Club. (continued on the next page)

2015 Pitching Schedule

     Our pitching schedule has changed. The Winchester Club had to move one of their events and swapped places with Stuarts Draft. The current version  is Revision 2

Current News and Updates
December 14, 2014

2015 Virginia State Singles is

   The State Singles will be on the weekend BEFORE Labor Day August 29-30, in Stuarts Draft.  Your representatives on the State Committee have been listening to you!!

   Our members seem to be increasingly unhappy about using Labor Day weekend for the Singles, and at the October business meeting, your reps held a lively conversation about the dates. They have been listening to you, the members, and gotten the feeling that if the date of the Singles were NOT Labor Day weekend, we would probably get increased attendance.

  The VaHPA Officers accepted their opinion, and put the question “Labor Day yes/no” up for vote. Their vote was “YES” change the date of the event. The Singles is normally a two day event. IF we have rain-outs/delays, classes will be re-scheduled as needed.


Current News and Updates
December 2, 2014

Message from our President

As the 2014 pitching season comes to an end, I hope everyone had a great season of horseshoe pitching. This past year has been a very trying year for many of us, not only for horseshoe pitching, but also due to the affects the economy has had on our personal lives. I hope that 2015 will be a better year for all of us. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you affected.

During this past year, the VaHPA had 47 events on the schedule, both sanctioned and non-sanctioned. This doesn’t count any of the out-of state or World events our members may have attended. Congratulations to the State Champions and Class winners at the State Singles. We crowned a new State Champion in every division this year – they all have their work cut out for them next year. Heartfelt thanks to the Executive Council Staff and everybody else that helped make this event a success.

The Executive Council is looking for a Ringer Review Editor immediately. This position is very important to the VaHPA, publishing information to our membership. The Editor does not need to be a card-holding member. This is a volunteer position and might benefit you as community service hours. It’s also a good add-on for your resume when applying for a job. If you are interested, or know someone else that might be, please contact me or any officers on the Executive Council for more information.

Looking forward to 2015, I challenge all of our members, whether pitching with a club, casually at local park, with a group of friends in your back yard- invite a new person to try it out in this organized fashion. Introduce new pitchers to our organization and the sport as we know it. Good competition and camaraderie. I encourage all members to “get out there” and support the local clubs that depend on your attendance.

I wish everyone a Happy, Safe and Blessed Holiday.

See you on the courts in 2015.
Let ‘Um Ring
Sherwood Brown, President, VaHPA


2014 State Singles Championships
Pat Snelgrove


Congratulations to all of the pitchers that qualified to compete in the Championships. You all worked hard to make it, and you deserve a big pat-on-the-back for having accomplished that, whether you won a State Title or not. Congratulations all.


Mens Champion, Ronald Walker
Open Men Ronald Walker 51.88% 7-0

Womens Champion, April Campbell
Women April Campbell 48.56% 5-1

Elders Champion, Glenn Barlow
Elder Glenn Barlow 61.88% 4-0

Senior Men Champion Ted Pilcher
Sr. Men Ted Pilcher 40.98% 5-0

Senior Women Champion Veronica Jackson
Sr. Women Veronica Jackson 21.15% 2-0

Andrew Dudley, Virginias Junior Boy champion
Jr. Boy Andrew Dudley 44.33% 4-1

2014 State Singles
 Pat Snelgrove

      The Stuarts Draft club members were hard at work for weeks prior to the Singles tournament, getting ready for the big weekend. Their efforts paid off as pitchers started arriving at the courts Friday night for some warm-up shoes, and commented on what good shape the courts and clay were in.

Sixty two pitchers vied off during the two days trying to win a State Title (continued on the next page)


Current News and Updates
November 23, 2014


The VaHPA would like to announce the results of the mail-in ballot vote for the position of 1st Vice President this year. Chuck Duymich was re-elected. Congratulations Chuck !

Both candidates attended the annual business meeting held October 18. Richard Owens acknowledged his defeat gracefully, and said he’s still interested in learning more about how the VaHPA organization operates, and might run for another office next year.

We welcome his input, and look forward to working with the entire Council going forward. Sincerely, Pat Snelgrove, Secretary, VaHPA

For 2015, the VaHPA Officers are:
President - Sherwood Brown
1st Vice – Chuck Duymich
2nd Vice – Kara Vannoy
3rd Vice – Tonya Hix
Sec/Treas – Pat Snelgrove


Current News and Updates
July 19, 2014


Granville Weakly from Madison makes it three class champions taking Elders Mens G-1. with 12-1. Congradulations

July 17,

Bobby Evans from Portsmouth takes Mens G-1. After a playoff against Willaim Wittmeyer from NY, with a 14 -3 record. Thats two wins for VA! Way to go Bobby and Donnie!

Follow the rest of the Virginia pitchers on line, call them if see the on the web cams and wish them good luck! Currently Betty, Chuck, Elvis and Leola are still pitching, check the times below. Pat and I are out of here in the morning, more we we get back.

July 16

Donnie Carver from Winchester scores big in Buffalo winning the Mens N-2 class 14 wins 1 loss . Our next closest contendor is Bobby Evans. As of yesterday he is in first place in the Mens G-1 class with an 8-2 record. Bobby will be pitching tonight at 7:00. Follow Bobby, Larry and Gary this evening live on the webcams.


Current News and Updates
July 7, 2014

Message from the President
2014 World in Buffalo NY - VaHPA pitchers.

The VaHPA wants to wish all of our pitchers good luck at the World Tournament this year in Buffalo NY. We have 16 pitchers attending, and all of them will be trying their best to win their classes. I wish I could be there with you but the recuperation from my recent surgery prevents me. So I say “Good Luck All !!” Sherwood Brown, VaHPA President

Good Luck!!!!
Donald Carver , 7/14, 10 AM, Men N2
Bryan Spivey , 7/14, 10 AM, Men O2
Donald Parks , 7/14, 4 PM, Elders O
Bobby Evans , 7/14, 7 PM, Men G1
Larry Morris , 7/14, 7 PM, Men H1
Gary Martin , 7/14, 7 PM, Men I2
Elvis Blunt , 7/17, 8 AM, Men E2
Chuck Duymich , 7/17, 8 AM, Men F1
Betty Weakley , 7/17, 11 AM, Women G
Leola Evans , 7/17, 11 AM, Women K
Donna Keefer , 7/21, 1 PM, Women D
Pat Snelgrove , 7/21, 1 PM, Women F
Randall Weakley , 7/21, 4 PM, Men B1
Roger Morris ,  7/21, 4 PM, Men C1
Larry Huff ,  7/21, 7 PM, Sr Men H
Granville Weakly , 7/17, 2 PM, Elders J

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The Virginia Horseshoe Pitchers Association

    This site is dedicated to the sport of pitching horseshoes in Virginia. This site was created By Kevin Snelgrove on 02/01/98 and maintained by Kevin Snelgrove
The Virginia Horseshoe Pitchers 

		Association Horseshoe pitching is one of America's favorite pastimes - it can be said that almost everybody has pitched shoes at some time or another - in their backyard, at a picnic or at a company event. The organized sport of horseshoe pitching has been around since 1899 and is governed by the National Horseshoe Pitching Association ( NHPA ) . The Virginia Horseshoe Pitchers Association ( VaHPA ) , has over 300 members around the state, and 11 active clubs. All of the clubs hold weekly league play and host sanctioned and non-sanctioned tournaments through out the summer.


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