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Current News and Updates
January 12, 2014


The toll of time
Audrey Swartz

Audrey 1999




Audrey L. Swartz of Mount Crawford passed away on January 5, 2014. She was a member of the VaHPA from 1993-2012, and played in many tournaments up and down the 81 corridor. Although she stopped playing with our organization when her health would no longer permit, she maintained contact and supported the organization. Always full of fun and good humor, Audrey will be missed by her extended horseshoe-pitching family.

     Sherwood Brown, President of the VaHPA has notified his staff that he is undergoing surgery January 13 at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth. He has a slipped disc in his neck that is impacting nerves, losing strength in his arm over the past 5 months. Recovery time is expected 6-8 weeks. Please keep him in your thoughts and wish him well through the surgery and recuperation. Pat  


2014 KICK OFF

        The Snowshoe Festival is ready to roll on January 18!! Come join the fun!!
This is a non-sanctioned event, for fun only... And the chance to win the GRAND CHAMPION trophy and a cut of the entry fees. Snow or shine, the games will go on. Rain or sleet, we’ll reschedule. If you want to come but aren’t sure of the weather, CALL AHEAD. Hope to see you here in Stuarts Draft next Saturday! Pat 540-337-4689 or 540-569-0338

  



Current News and Updates
December 9, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT!!
ATTENTION all VaHPA MEMBERS

2014 Membership dues
  At the October business meeting, an increase in state dues of $3 (adult) was approved by the State Committee, effective immediately. Adult membership cards this year will be $27. (This is the NHPA dues of $17, plus $10 VA state dues). JUNIOR membership cards remain $5/year. Our current membership dues of $7 was established in 1996. We haven’t raised our membership dues in almost 20 years, and the organization overall is suffering for it. Your State Committee Representatives voted in favor of changing our yearly dues (and the associated by-law).

2014 Ringer Review subscriptions
  Going forward, Ringer Review subscriptions will be $7/year. Faced with increased postage, and other costs, the Executive Council recognized that the current $5 hasn’t been covering our expenses. Any subscriptions already paid at the old rate will be honored. Any new, or renewals will be at the new rate. We sincerely hope the readership understands this necessity.

STATE Tournament entry fees
   State Event entry fees – raised from $15/adult, $5/jr to $20/adult, Juniors play for free. All state events (Singles, Doubles, Old Dominion) If you have any questions about this, please contact any of the state officers. Thanks. Pat, Secretary/Treasurer


2014 BUDGET / State Committee Meeting Review
By Pat Snelgrove, VaHPA Treasurer

    It was a relief that the State Committee had enough representatives for a quorum vote at the October business meeting this year. The Executive Council had a lot of “business” that was being proposed, and a quorum vote was needed to move forward.
 
    At the end of 2013, the VaHPA Executive Council had a tough time facing the organization’s year-over-year financial picture, with expenses rising on every front. So the Executive Council made some tough decisions about fees to-be-charged going forward, that were included in the proposed 2014 budget. If the Committee didn't have a quorum, the voting on the 2014 budget would have to be scheduled for another day/time.
 
   As it was, with a sufficient number of State Committee Reps on hand, the 2014 Budget proposal was made – after hearty discussion, all questions were answered and the Reps voted to approve it.
 
   NOTE: As State Secretary (my other hat), I made proposals to tweak several by-laws that relate to the State Committee. All were voted approved, to be ratified by the general membership next fall at the State Singles.  See list on Page xxxxx<
 
   Then as State Treasurer, I proposed another bylaw change –Article IV, Section 3 – that being to raise our State Membership dues to $10. Our current membership dues of $7 was established in 1996. We haven’t raised our membership dues in almost 20 years, and the organization overall is suffering for it. Your State Committee Representatives voted in favor of changing our yearly dues and this by-law.
 
   As per our bylaws, Article IX, Section 1, B,1 -, All decisions of the State Committee shall be immediate and official, unless overturned by a majority of votes of the members assembled at the State Singles membership meeting
 
PLEASE NOTE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY – for 2014:
 
·         2014 membership cards will cost $27 adult, $5 junior.
(Adult: NHPA $17, VA $10 / Junior: NHPA $5, VA $0)
 
Other fee increases approved at the meeting were:
 
·         Advertising/listing fees for the tournament schedule increase from $5 to $7 per event. (The $5 fee was set prior to 1990!!!! and has never been raised since, even though the expense to publish the tournament schedule has increased dramatically over the years. )
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·         Ringer Review subscription – raised from $5/yr to $7/yr. We sincerely hope that you understand this need, based on the rise in postage, paper & ink costs.  We hope you’ll continue subscribing, that you feel this publication is worth it!!
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·         State Event entry fees – raised from $15/adult, $5/jr   to  $20/adult, Juniors play for free. All state events (Singles, Doubles, Old Dominion)
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If anyone reading this article has any questions, feel free to contact me. Pat
 

 

  


Current News and Updates
October 2, 2013

COME JOIN THE FUN

at the VA Business Meeting – October 12, 2013 at 1:00. All members are invited to attend!! Next year’s operating budget will be discussed and voted on, next year’s pitching schedule will be set up. Come see how your designated representatives handle business for the membership. It’s a casual, relaxed setting at the Byrd Park Round House. CLICK HERE for directions and map. Hope to see you there!


2013 Virginia State Singles by Pat Snelgrove

        Arriving Friday evening at the courts in Winchester, my first impression was WOW! The entire complex was in tip-top shape. The way the courts had been edged could have been done with a laser, they were so precise and crispy clean. The grass was neatly mowed, and all of the staubs had a bright new sparkly paint job. It was obvious that the club members had been hard at work getting ready for the State Singles this weekend. (Continued on the next page)

 

 


State Singles Membership Meeting Held August 31, 2013
(Highlights of the meeting activities) Pat Snelgrove, VaHPA Secretary

   Halfway through Saturday’s qualifying classes, the annual Membership Meeting was held. There were approximately 50 members in attendance, not counting the Officers and RD. VaHPA President Sherwood Brown called the meeting to order at 12:50. He thanked the Winchester Horseshoe Club for hosting, and complimented them for the condition of the court complex. Things were top-notch for the event.

  As Delegate Chairperson for VA at the 2013 World Tournament, Bobby Evans was asked to speak briefly about the voting results. He emphasized that VA only had 3 votes to cast at this year’s convention – we need to get our delegate numbers up... Topeka KS won the 2015 World Tournament by 1 vote!! Bobby also explained that NHPA is discussing a requirement to use hand-signals as well as vocal calling of scores to scorekeepers. Nothing is decided at this time, but discussions are going on.

  Part of what the membership meeting accomplishes each year is the election of Officers for the next year. Up for election this year were President (Sherwood Brown), 2nd VP (Kara Vannoy) and 3rd VP (Tonya Hix). All were re-elected unanimously. I’d like to thank my fellow Officers for continuing their roles in support of the VaHPA. We have a strong team, and with Sherwood’s guidance will continue to do the best job we can for the VaHPA membership.

  After the elections were finalized, the presentation of multiple awards took place. Chairperson of Va’s Hall of Fame, Floyd Hix announced that Ricky Hall has been inducted into the Hall of Fame as Pitcher. Congratulations to Ricky! Your dedication to the sport is an inspiration to all of us!!

   A special Certificate of Achievement was presented to Jonathan Payne, Jr Boy who made the National TOP TEN during 2012. Good job Jonathan, we look forward to seeing you on the courts all the time!

  Tonya Hix was awarded an NHPA patch & certificate for reaching 30 years Longevity as an NHPA member. We also awarded 4 other pitchers that reached 20 years Longevity, and 6 that reached 10 years. Other awards were presented for Most-Games-Played per Division and 10-or-more-Tournaments Pitched in 2012.

  The VaHPA Council awards and recognizes each of these achievements because it’s important for the membership in general to understand that YOU the MEMBERS are the backbone of this organization. It’s your dedication and participation that makes us what we are. We commend all of our members for your contribution and efforts. The membership meeting adjourned at 1:50pm, and the afternoon qualifying classes started up.

  This article is not meant to be the official “minutes” of the meeting from the Secretary. Just some of the highlights that I thought our readership would be interested in.

Hope to see you at the October business meeting!! Pat


Up coming events , for more info check the current schedule

Oct-04-13 N Peanut Fest Luck Of The Draw Doubles Suffolk Executive Airport, Suffolk, Va
Oct-05-13 N Peanut Fest Open Singles Suffolk Executive Airport, Suffolk, Va
Oct-12-13 S Virginia State Business Meeting Byrd Park Round House, Richmond, VA
Oct-19-13 S Alvin Bowers Butterball Classic Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
Jan-18-14 N SnowShoe Festival Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va

Results

DATE Sanc/Non PreReg TOURN NAME LOCATION
Jan-19-13 N SnowShoe Festival Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va
Mar-23-13 S Chesapeake Spring Fling City Park, Chesapeake, Va
Mar-30-13 S Robert Snowden Let 'Um Ring Classic Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
Apr-13-13 S 11th Annual Carl Frye Memorial Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, Va
Apr-13-13 S Richmond Open Gillies Creek Park, Richmond, Va
Apr-27-13 S Sherwood Lucky Shoe Classic Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
May-04-13 S Earl Linkous Memorial New River Valley Fairgrounds, Dublin, Va
May-11-13 S Y 48th Apple Capital Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, Va

 

  


Current News and Updates
August 4, 2013

Don't forget to register for the Virginia State Singles,
cut off date is August 10th!


Congratulations to VA’s World Tournament participants.

Sherwood Brown pitched in Senior Men E class, seeded 6th going in, earned 6th place overall. With 12 in his class, he came out with 6 wins, 5 losses. Bobby Evans pitched in Mens B2 class, placed 13th in his class of 16. Elvis Blunt pitched in Mens C2, won 8th place out of 16 in his class. With 8 wins, 7 loss.

Sherwood managed to visit several National Parks within travelling distance of the tournament. He was really impressed with the grandeur and beauty of the area.

 Congrats all of you for your representation of VaHPA and your pitching accomplishments!

  


Current News and Updates
June 19, 2013

Please update your tournament schedule

ALL of the tournaments that are listed in GRAND CAVERNS PARK - GROTTOES have been relocated.

They will all be held in CHURCHVILLE – including the tournament for this weekend, June 22. Start time, entry fee, everything else stays the same. just the location has changes. If you have any questions please contact Marty Sheets 540-820-8270 (the tournament director).

  


Current News and Updates
May 12, 2013


HP Pro Tour logo Jack Walker Memorial Pro Tour logo HP Pro Tour logo
      The HP Pro Tour is coming to Virginia.There is still time for you to enter the Jack Walker Memorial tournmenet on June 1st and 2nd. Registration ends May 23rd. For more information and the registration form, visit the HP Pro Tour web site. If you can not pitch for some reason, stop by watch. You might just happen to see a World Champion or two.



The Newport News Courts are ready!

 

     With a few days to spare the Newport News Parks and Recreation put the finishing touches on their new 4 court horseshoe pitching complex. Their first tournament will be the Virginia Senior games starting this week May 15th. Follow this Google link for directions to the courts and the beautiful park.



The 2013 Sherwood Lucky Shoe Classic Horseshoe Tournament
Hosted by the Portsmouth  Horseshoe Club
April 27, 2013
By Sherwood Brown

     This was a great day and the best turn-out we’ve had in a long time. The weather was great for pitching horseshoe and everybody really enjoyed themselves and had a good time. Our club newest member, Veronica Jackson pitched - her third tournament and finished in 2nd Place in Class-E. Her entry average was 9.50% and she finished the tournament with a 20.00% avg - 10.50% over her entry average!. In her second tournament , the Let Um Ring Classic, she finished in 2nd place. She really enjoys pitching horseshoes and we’re all really proud of her. (continued on the next page)


Up coming events , for more info check the current schedule

DATE Sanc/Non PreReg TOURN NAME LOCATION
May-18-13 S Draft Doubles Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va
May-25-13 N Suffolk Open  & Veterans Memorial Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
Jun-01-13 S Y HP Pro Tour Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, Va
Jun-01-13 N Bobby Hoover Day Fulks Run Ruritan Park, Fulks Run, Va
Jun-01-13 N Tidewater Challenge City Park, Chesapeake, Va
Jun-08-13 S Old Dominion Summer Classic Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va
Jun-08-13 N Bobby Hoover Open Community Park, Churchville, Va
Jun-15-13 S Y Xtrials Team Tournament Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va
Jun-22-13 S Y Virginia State Doubles City Park, Chesapeake, Va
Jun-22-13 N HC Eppard Open Grand Caverns Park, Grottoes, Va
Jun-29-13 S K+T Machine Open 15100 Washington Hwy, Ashland
Jul-04-13 N Draw Partners Fulks Run Ruritan Park, Fulks Run, Va
Jul-06-13 S Fire Cracker Classic New River Valley Fairgrounds, Dublin, Va
Jul-06-13 N DW Strickler Memorial Community Park, Churchville, Va
Jul-13-13 S Red,White & Blue Classic Gillies Creek Park, Richmond, Va
Jul-20-13 S K+T Machine Mid Summer 15100 Washington Hwy, Ashland
Jul-20-13 N Grottoes Classic Grand Cavern Park, Grottoes, Va
Jul-22-13 S Y World Tournament St. George, Utah
Jul-27-13 N Y Sweet Dreams Horseshoe Tournament Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va
Jul-27-13 N Fulks Run Lawn Party Fulks Run Ruritan Park, Fulks Run, Va
Jul-27-13 N Chesapeake Summer Classic City Park, Chesapeake, Va
Aug-03-13 N Denny Davis Classic Community Park, Churchville, Va
Aug-10-13 S Mountain View Singles Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va
Aug-17-13 N Grottoes Open Grand Cavern Park, Grottoes, Va
Aug-24-13 S Hix Memorial 15100 Washington Hwy, Ashland
Aug-31-13 S Y Virginia State Singles Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, Va
Aug-31-13 S Virginia State Singles Championships Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, Va
Sep-07-13 S Y 47th Raymond Frye Memorial Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, Va
Sep-07-13 N Double Trouble Open Classic Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
Sep-14-13 S Fall Potluck Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va
Sep-21-13 S Dublin Classic New River Valley Fairgrounds, Dublin, Va
Sep-28-13 S Don Masters Classic Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
Oct-04-13 N Peanut Fest Luck Of The Draw Doubles Suffolk Executive Airport, Suffolk, Va
Oct-05-13 N Peanut Fest Open Singles Suffolk Executive Airport, Suffolk, Va
Oct-12-13 S Virginia State Business Meeting Byrd Park Round House, Richmond, VA
Oct-19-13 S Alvin Bowers Butterball Classic Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
Jan-18-14 N SnowShoe Festival Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va

Results

DATE Sanc/Non PreReg TOURN NAME LOCATION
Jan-19-13 N SnowShoe Festival Schneider Park, Stuarts Draft, Va
Mar-23-13 S Chesapeake Spring Fling City Park, Chesapeake, Va
Mar-30-13 S Robert Snowden Let 'Um Ring Classic Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
Apr-13-13 S 11th Annual Carl Frye Memorial Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, Va
Apr-13-13 S Richmond Open Gillies Creek Park, Richmond, Va
Apr-27-13 S Sherwood Lucky Shoe Classic Sleepy Hole Park, Suffolk, Va
May-04-13 S Earl Linkous Memorial New River Valley Fairgrounds, Dublin, Va
May-11-13 S Y 48th Apple Capital Jim Barnett Park, Winchester, Va

 

  


Current News and Updates
March 24, 2013

Message from the President Sherwood R. Brown

   A New Year has arrived and I hope you all are ready for another great year of pitching horseshoes. The first sanctioned tournament will begin March 23 (Chesapeake Spring Fling). The State Doubles will also be held in Chesapeake June 22. This will kick off the season opener and I know you can’t wait to get started. This is a great way to start your first of four tournaments to qualify for the World Tournament which will be held in St George, Utah July 22 thru August 3. I’m looking forward of seeing you all out on the courts this year.

   I’d like to inform you that the Sleepy Hole Club is back as a sanctioned club. We welcome them back and looking forward working with them. We are also assisting with some new courts being constructed in the city of Newport News, VA. They are building 6 sanctioned courts for the 2013 Virginia Senior Games which will be held in Newport News for the next two years. The Senior Games will be May 15-18. Horseshoe pitching is one of the events being held. Registration cut off is April 12 – register on-line at www.virginiaseniorgames.org

   Last year was a good year for our organization. We came out in big numbers in the Carolina Dogwood, State Doubles, World Tournament and the State Singles tournament. I am a person who appreciates feedback and encourage all of you to voice your concerns. If you have some good ideas on how to promote the sport, don’t hesitate to drop an e-mail or give me a call.

   It has been a great honor and a privilege to serve as your VAHPA President, and I want to remind you that this year, my position is up for election, as well as the 2nd & 3rd VP’s. As our ByLaws state: any eligible VaHPA member desiring to be a candidate for an office, shall make the candidacy known by written notice to any member of the Executive Council before August 1st .

   I would like to announce my candidacy for re-election. As your President, we have made great strides in improving and promoting our sport of horseshoe. There are many things still to accomplish. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard to promote and grow the sport. I will also continue to work with the Executive Council to make decisions that are best interest of the VAHPA. It has been a pleasure serving as your President, and I would appreciate your continued support at the 2013 State Singles Meeting elections.

   A reminder to all: Unsportsmanlike conduct during a tournament or league play is grounds for disciplinary action. Please: stress Safety, Good Conduct and Good Sportsmanship. Be fair, play fair. We’re all out to have a good time. This is the greatest family sport and I want to make sure the sport is one we can all enjoy. Last but not least, keep the sport fun.

Sherwood R. Brown
President (VAHPA)

New Court Complex in Newport News
- by Kevin Snelgrove, RD





Future site of the Newport News Horseshoe courts , visit our trip photos for more views.

The GPS coordinates are 37.177738,-76.547636
 
    The Virginia Senior Games will be held in Newport News for the next two years. The city is excited to be the official host, and is busy preparing for the assorted sporting events.

   For the horseshoe pitching event, they are starting from square one, constructing fully sanctioned permanent courts. Sherwood Brown was contacted by the city, and referred them to me, as RD, to assist with their planning and development of these courts in Newport News Park (13560 Jefferson Ave).

   On January 26, Sherwood, Pat & myself met with Andy Lunsford, the Operations Superintendent of Newport News Parks, Recreation & Tourism. As he guided us through the park (3500 acres, with a full campground, paddle boat rentals, volleyball courts, golf course and many other recreational venues) he showed us several locations that had been under consideration for the court complex. Then he showed us the area that was determined the best. Easy-access roadway leading in, parking right beside the courts, scattered trees for shade, fairly level ground to work with. It’s a great location.

   The city will have the courts constructed and ready for use before May 15, when the Senior Games begin. The VaHPA is excited to have another area to pitch shoes, and hope the local people use the courts, and possibly start a local club at that location.



2013 SnowShoe Festival
By Pat Snelgrove

 
    Starting the day at 32 degrees doesn’t sound like a great day to play horseshoes, but when you’re getting together with other crazy horseshoe pitchers, it’s the start of a grand ol’ time!

  What an interesting mix this year – half of the attendees were from out-of-state! We had 1 visitor from PA – Bill Johnston, and a bunch from neighboring West Virginia! (continued on the next page)

Current News and Updates
October 8, 2012

The VaHPA   business meeting is this coming weekend October 13th at 1:00. The meeting will  be in Richmond at the Byrd Round House Building. CLICK HERE for directions and map.



The 2012 VaHPA SINGLES
 by Sherwood Brown
      Mother Nature took over and washed out the state singles during the Labor Day weekend. This is something that is out of our control. For the past three years, it seems like Mother Nature takes target on us during this event. That’s okay, we all made it through and I want to thank all the members that helped out covering the courts during the rain storm. I also thank the scorekeepers, judges and the rest of the membership for a job well done. We could not do it without your support. (continued on the next page)


Up coming events , for more info check the current schedule

Oct-13-12 Business Meeting, Richmond Va
Oct-20-12 Alvin Bowers Butterball, Suffolk, Va
Oct-27-12 Halloween Classic, Suffolk, Va
Jan-19-13 SnowShoe Festival, Stuarts Draft, Va

Results

May-5-12, Draft Doubles, Stuarts Draft, Va
May-12-12,  47th Apple Capital , Winchester, Va
May-19-12,  K+T Machine Open , Ashland , VA
Jun-2-12 Old Dominion Summer Classic  Ashland, Va
Jun-9-12 Earl Linkous Memorial , Dublin, Va
Jun-16-12 X-Trials Team Tournament  Stuarts Draft, Va
Jun-23-12 Virginia State Doubles, Winchester, Va
Jul-14-12 Otto Classic,	Gillies Creek Park, Richmond, Va
Jul-21-12  K+T Machine Mid Summer, Ashland VA
Jul-28-12  Sweet Dreams Horseshoe Tournament, Stuarts Draft, Va
Aug-11-12 Mountain View Singles, Stuarts Draft, Va
Aug-18-12 Fire Cracker Classic, Dublin, Va
Aug-25-12  Hix Memorial, Ashland (RAINED OUT)
Sep-2-12 Virginia State Singles Championships, Stuarts Draft, Va
Sep-8-12 46th Raymond Frye Memorial, Winchester, Va
Sep-15-12 Don Masters Classic, Suffolk, Va
Sep-22-12 The Pot Luck, Stuarts Draft, Va
Sep-29-12 K+T Machine Fall Final (RAINED OUT)

Results from the Ruther Glenn Feburary Invitational , results Ruther Glen March invitational and the Chesapeake's  Sleep Hole Spring Fling, Richmond Open 10th Annual Carl Frye Memorial.

 

  
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		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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