Only five days remain for the Topeka Horseshoe Association and the  KHPA Officers to make the final preparations for the largest group of entries (137) in the state tournament since the record setting group that converged on Topeka in 2004 (180). Double check your pitching times and be sure to check in at the tournament at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled pitching time.


Be prepared to pay your scorekeeping fees at check-in for your total number of scheduled games. Preferably in $1 bills.


Don’t forget about the dress code that you agreed to when you signed your entry form. We will have a sign up sheet for score keepers and Judges so help us keep those sign up sheets filled up because we can not start a session until all the score keeping chairs are occupied for each session.


The Lions club will be providing food on location for all of us working and pitching at the tournament. Should anyone have to contact us at the courts Call 785-456-5001 or 785-845-4573. Should anyone need to drop out of the tournament please keep in mind we have some folks who contacted us after the entry deadline that are on a standby list. Be safe in your travels to and from the tournament. We will see you there.



  • IOLA results from the Roy Karr Memorial on 8-9-2014 are now posted. There were 22 entries. Johnny Trammell and Chris Hager both had great tournaments pitching over 10 percentage points over their entry average.
  • WICHITA results from the Bill Whitley Open on 8-16-2014 are now posted. There were 22 entries. Gregg Turner had the hot hand in this event pitching a full nine percentage points over his average on his way to claiming the Tournament championship patch with a 61.25% ringer average. Other over average pitchers in this event included Gary Bender, Bryan Strong, Payton Taft and Bret Vogel.
  • OTTAWA results from the Summer Heat Open #2 on 8-17-2014 are now posted. There was 31 entries in this event. Welcome to a new NHPA-KHPA member Raymond Kampsen of Vassar. The high over average pitcher in this event was Laura Sullivan.  She continues to push her ringer average up every time out. Laura finished in 1st place of D class pitching eight percentage points over her entry average. Other over average pitchers included Jose Keith, George Mundy, Ken Martin, David Carver, Ed Shanley, Charlie Bollinger and Allen Renner.
  • SALINA results from the State Practice tournament on 8-17-2014 are now posted. There were 16 entries in this event. Welcome to three new NHPA-KHPA members, Bill Weber of Wakeeney, Edward and Curtis Weber both of Ellis. It is great to see the new membership that is coming in from western Kanas this year. The high over average pitcher in this event was Phil Reed who pitched 5.59 percentage points over his average in his second place finish behind the tournament Champion OraLee Jeardoe. Other over average pitchers included Robert Jamieson (first tournament since shoulder surgery), Dale Clemmer, Cato Hernandez, Melvin Jeardoe and Darrell Keil.
  •  TOPEKA results for the Pre State Warmup on 2-24-2014 are now posted. This was the largest one day event in Topeka in recent history. There were 51 entrys. Welcome two new NHPA-KHPA members Seth Maixner of Topeka and Doug Parrett of Leavenworth. The high over average pitcher in this event was Darrel Weaver pitching 9.65 percentage points over his average on his way to a first place finish in class G.
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Why Not Take a Chance for a Good Cause

While at the state tournament in a couple of weeks it would be a good time to purchase some 2015 World Tournament experience raffle tickets. Since most of you will be going to the World Horseshoe Tournament in Topeka why not take a chance of winning the grand prize of a week stay at the Capitol Plaza, plus much more. Or you could win one of four free entries into the WT. Click this link for more details about the grand prize and contact Melvin Jeardoe or Larry Collette at the state tournament to get your tickets.


Tournament Results

  • BELLEVILLE results for 8-9-2014 are posted. There were 21 entries in this event. The tournament championship patch went to Melvin Jeardoe holding off Gary Fulton and Robert Washburn who both had their eye on that spot as well. A big thank you to Larry Wise from the NE. charter who introduced a new NHPA member Dale Caldwell from the NE. charter to organized horseshoe pitching. Dale won class C going 6-1 with a 29.9 ringer average. It is always a treat to see someone pitch really well in their very first sanctioned event. I am certain that you will be seeing this young fella again when you make your next trip to Belleville for a horseshoe tournament.

Where Can you Pitch This Upcoming Weekend?

  • CANCELLED EDGERTON is hosting the EDGERTON SEASON OPENER on Saturday Aug 23 at 9:00 AM. Please pre-register for this single session event with Ed Shanley 913-893-6024.
  • TOPEKA is hosting the PRE STATE WARMUP on Sunday Aug 24. This is a two session event with ringer averages up to 30% pitching at 9:00 AM and those over 30% pitch at 1:00PM. Pre-register with Earl Romine 785-256-6123.

World Tournament Experience Raffle  (Click here for PDF file)

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Amateur Athletic Union Horseshoe-Pitching Championships by NHPA Historian Bob Dunn

August 17, 2014

In this thoroughly researched book, National Horseshoe Pitching Association Historian Bob Dunn documents the fascinating forty-year history of the Amateur Athletic Union’s involvement with horseshoe pitching. Fans of the sport will enjoy learning about the great stories behind the program and its champions. It is interesting and well done. After the publishing costs are recovered […]

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Capitol Plaza Room Rate for State Tournament

August 17, 2014

Hi All I sent out the attached flier from the Capitol Plazza on July 31 and I know that several had already made reservations prior to us sending out the Aug news letter and State Tournament pitching schedule. Melvin Jeardoe sent me an e-mail informing me that we some how got the wrong phone number for the  Capitol Plazza  in our  Aug. newsletter […]

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2014 KS State Tournament lineup

August 17, 2014

Hi All I have had a number of folks reply to me letting me know that they received the August News letter and the State tournament schedule. But there were a couple folks at league this evening that said they were unable to open the file for the tournament schedule. As a rule the problem […]

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KHPA Charter Communicat​ion —Aug 12, 2014

August 12, 2014

Kansas Natstats 2014 Style As we prepare for the 2014 State tournament we have observed a huge increase in the number of folks listed on the Kansas Natstats (226) after the recent update on Aug 6 as compared to 184 at the same time in 2013. As a result of this 18.6% increase of numbers […]

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KHPA Charter Communicat​ion — July 28, 2014

July 27, 2014

2014 World Horseshoe Tournament is in the Books The NHPA World Tournament trailer will be starting it’s journey to Topeka KS this next week or soon after where we hope to see this years champions in the Men’s division Alan Francis, Women’s division Joan Elmore and Elder’s division David Holmes come to defend their titles in 2015. Click […]

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KHPA Charter Communication — July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

  Join us at the 2014 World Horseshoe tournament. 2014 WORLD HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT Those of you who have not been following the coverage of the 2014 WT might find this information in the Daily Shoe interesting. Be sure and look at the scoresheet shown in day five from the Junior preliminaries . There is also an […]

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KHPA Charter Communication — July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014

  THE 2014 WT IS UNDERWAY Click this link to get the easy to follow pitching schedule for the Kansas pitchers in the 2014 World HorseshoeTournament. This schedule will give you a good idea when to start looking for results on the tournament coverage. By clicking on this link at the time your Kansas friends are pitching you might even get […]

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KHPA Charter Communication — July 7, 2014

July 6, 2014

NOTICE TO ALL As reported last week the Firecracker Open scheduled for July 12 in Wichita was rescheduled for Saturday, July 19 In Linwood Park, Wichita Ks. The tournament director for that event has also changed. Adam Peterson will be filling in for Steve DeTommaso who is vacationing. Please pre-register for this event with Adam […]

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KHPA Charter Communicat​ion — June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014

Note Firecracker Open Rescheduled. The Firecracker Open Tournament originally scheduled for +July 12 at Linwood Park in Wichita has been changed to +July 19. Please make a note of the change on your KHPA tournament schedules. Help The Tournament Directors!!!! The KHPA welcomes the flood of new membership in 2014 mostly due to news of […]

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KHPA Charter Communication — June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014

MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS Susan Fulton reported that we hit the combined adult and jr membership number of 200 as of Friday, June 20. This will be the first year since 2011 when the total membership was 203 at the end of the fiscal year on +Oct 1, 2011, that we have seen the total 200 membership […]

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KHPA Charter Communication — June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014

2014 KANSAS DELEGATES The Kansas delegates representing you at the 2014 NHPA convention will be Terry Cuthbertson  and Roger Vogel. Thanks to both for stepping up and representing our charter. Please review the proposed By-Law changes at this link  and share your thoughts with one or both of the delegates. The NHPA Secretary/treasurer Dick Hansen is stepping down […]

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KHPA Charter Communication — June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014

July 4 Tournament The Ottawa tournament on July 4th has been renamed. After a club meeting the members of the Ottawa club contacted Melvin Jeardoe and asked him to change the Chatouqua Open tournament to the Barney Bell Open. They all felt that after all he has done in the way of recruiting and improvements to the court complex in […]

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