Horseshoe pitching is a year-round sport in Somerset KY

Horseshoe Pitching

Horseshoe pitching never stops in Somerset, KY. The game of horseshoes is often thought of as a summertime picnic event, but that’s not the case for those dedicated to the sport of horseshoes.

Several indoor pitching facilities exist throughout the United States. One of those facilities is located in Somerset, KY. Kentucky Horseshoe Pitcher’s Association (KHPA) Vice President, Eugene “Shorty” Brown, has four officially sanctioned indoor horseshoe courts located near his residence in Somerset, KY. The facility offers everything you need to pitch a fun and competitive game of horseshoes, without worrying about rain, snow, or wind.

This past weekend, 28 pitchers traveled to Somerset to pitch in the “Stan The Man Classic” on the indoor courts. Men, women and kids of all ages were represented in the five different classes (A, B, C, D, E) of varying pitching ability.

Tyler Howard, Richmond, KY took home top honors in the tournament. Tyler is a world class pitcher and he proved it. He posted a win/loss record of 6-0 while averaging 76% ringers with a high game of 82%. Jarrett Keith and Ben Webb rounded out A class by finishing second and third place, respectfully. Other class winners for the event included: Tony Hankins, B Class, 57.2%, Clinton Denney, C Class, 45%, Derrick Vaught, D Class, 25.7%, and Eugene Broyles, E Class, 10.33%.

This was the first of three winter tournaments that will be held at the Somerset indoor horseshoe courts. The “Rooster Classic” will be played on Feburary 23 and the “David Dick Memorial” will kick-off on March 23. Anyone and everyone is invited to pitch. Advanced registration and more information regarding pitching horseshoes in Kentucky can be found by visiting the KHPA website: A class exists for everyone wanting to pitch.

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