Join the Millions of Participants

enjoy the sport of horseshoe pitching


(Why pitch organized horseshoes?)

Horseshoe pitching boasts of being one of the few sports that has a state and national champion for men, women, elders, boys and girls and can still be played in one's backyard. It can be played by one or more and by the young as well as the old.

Physical Fitness
In this day of weight-watching, what better way to exercise than walking, bending and reaching? These are integral parts of this great sport. Game-related injuries are rare, and doctors have repeatedly stressed the beneficial aspects of this sport.

Join the Millions of Participants
It was recently estimated that upwards of fifteen (15) million enthusiasts enjoy pitching horseshoes in the United States and Canada, in tournaments, leagues, recreation areas and backyards. What sport offers so much for so little?

Sports Origin
The origin of this sport goes back to the days of the Roman Empire. Roman soldiers pitched horseshoes discarded from the horses used to drive their chariots.
Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War pitched horseshoes for recreation on the Boston Common. The Duke of Wellington in history said that the war was won by the pitchers of the steel (horseshoes).

An International Sport
The sport has been introduced in South Africa, Italy, Japan, Grand Bahama Islands, Togo, West Africa, Australia, New Zealand, West Germany, Nigeria, Honduras, Canada, South America, Israel, Norway, Switzerland, Poland, Philippine Islands, England, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Washington State Horseshoe Pitchers Association
 The WSHPA is a charter of the National Horseshoe pitchers Association with club affiliates and individual members in several communities around the state.

The WSHPA strives to promote and organize the sport in Washington State under NHPA rules, equipment and playing procedures. The top priority is to serve as a unifying agent between local clubs, unorganized groups and individual players. The WSHPA sanctions state tournaments, state doubles tournament, open events and a league program.

  Elected Officers: President; three (3) Vice-Presidents; Secretary, Treasurer.
  Executive Council: Elected officers.
  Regional Director:
  Publicity Director:
  Hall of Fame Curator:
  Junior Promotion Director:
See Officers webpage for names of individuals who currently hold these positions

Constitution and By-Laws Committee:
Under the direction of the executive committee, this committee receives, reviews and votes on Constitution and By-Law changes proposed by the WSHPA membership. The changes approved by the committee are submitted to the membership at the annual meeting held in conjunction with the State tournament each year over the labor day weekend.

The organization has an annual meeting an annual State Tournament, an annual banquet and two Executive Council meetings one of which takes place during the state tournament. Business is conducted by the State President and Elected Officers presiding. Other activities include a NHPA sanctioned league program and a state doubles tournament.


Shoes News:
NOTE : By the majority vote of the Executive Board, the Washington State newsletter will be discontinued as of January 1, 2019.