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Horseshoe Leagues

Since 1985 the Beloit Horseshoe Club leagues have been sanctioned under the National Horseshoe Pitcher's Association sanctioned league program. All Participants must hold a current NHPA card. Leagues are held three times a week as follows: Monday AM - Old Timers League. 10 to 15 players, mostly retired, play in a singles round-robin format.
Tuesday Evening - Doubles League. 28 to 30 people, 14 or 15 teams in two classes play in a round-robin format.
Thursday Evening - 8 to 12 people compete in a singles format.

Leagues begin the last week in May and run thru the last week in August. The annual awards banquet is held about the first of October. Club Awards, NHPA awards and prize money for games won are distributed at this time.

Several other horseshoe leagues are operated in the area each summer. Beloit Moose Club - 40 or more players compete in a doubles league each monday night. League director for many years is Ken Beebe who is also a long time member of the Beloit Horseshoe Club. The Beloit Moose Club has been the host of the Wisconsin State Moose Tournament several times in recent years. Earl Paulson of Beloit was State Moose Champion in 1996 & 1997. South Beloit Legion - The South Beloit Legion Post 288 has had a doubles league during the summer months for many years. League Director is Doug Brown.
Roscoe VFW - Each Wednesday night the Roscoe VFW has a doubles league. About 40 players compete on 11 courts. League President is Carl Conklin, Secretary, Ron Derry; Vice President, Pete Rockers.
Security Road League - From 1965 until 1999 Roger Whitney ran a doubles horseshoe league on four courts which he built on his back yard on Security Road in Beloit. The league usually consisted of 12 to 16 players. Some of the players competing were: Carl Payne, Roger Harstad, John Zielinski, John Henning, Roger Whitney, Scott Payne, Jerry Toper, Ron Smith, Bob Hurley, Bob Babcock, Tom Hanson, Tim Whitney and Mike Henderson.

There are two active leagues operating in Janesville, the Janesville Moose Club and the UAW.

With more than 150 players actively competing in leagues and with 7 or 8 horseshoe tournaments held each year it seems that horseshoe pitching is alive and well in the Stateline Area.

Horseshoe Pitching on the Internet

In 1997 Terry Lokken, who works for the City of Beloit Dept. of Public Works and a charter member of the Beloit Horseshoe Club decided the club would have a web page. Due to much hard work and dedication by Terry the Beloit Horseshoe Club became one of the first clubs in the country to have its own web page. Much of the recent activity of the club can be found as well as tournament schedules, tournament results including articles on all of the Team World events that have been held in Beloit since 1990. There are now links to horseshoe clubs and organizations in every state and Canadian Province and to other countries such as England, Sweden and Finland. Terry has recieved compliments from all over the country.