Horseshoe tournament attracts local, nationwide talent

April 28, 2014

Seven-time Women’s World champion Sue Snyder gets set to throw in the preliminary rounds Saturday morning.

Nate Bailey gets his game face on as he throws this horseshoe.

Emily Hatrick centers her thoughts on this throw as she works to move up in the Juniors Division. Her father taught her to throw horseshoes when she was age 7. Now age 16, the Pennsylvania native is currently in the top 20 in the world in ringer percentage. Her father coaches and with a nod and tap of the head reminds her to keep follow through and keep her eyes on the top of the stake, two keys to horseshoe pitching.

Generations connect over horse shoes as six-time world champion Joan Elmore, right, watches as youngster Emily Hatrick throws.

Working over the Kentucky blue clay was important for the throwers. If a shoe touched the clay it would stick in place, not make a ringer and the score would not count.