History of the NHPA
The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) World Horseshoe Tournament is a world-class, international sporting event for athletes of all ages.
First held in 1909 with 34 participants, the Tournament currently hosts approximately 1,100 athletes annually. Cities from across the US and Canada competitively bid to host the Tournament each July for a full two weeks. Horseshoe Pitchers compete in one of eight divisions encompassing more than 70 different classes that match athletes of similar skill, age, and gender, ensuring the highest potential for great competition each day of the event. During the Tournament’s finale, the World Champions in each division are crowned for the year. “The Tournament” is a total experience, not just sports competition.
Participants and spectators enjoy Ceremonies, Banquets, Parties, Social Events, Community Festivals… to name only a few of the additional activities that enhance the athletic experience.
The World Tournament hosts multiple age divisions for all competitor levels and age groups.
- Cadets : Youth 12yrs an under (20ft)
- Junior Boys : Teenage Boys 13-18yrs (30ft)
- Junior Girls : Teenage Girls 13-18yrs (30ft)
- Open Women : No age restriction (30ft)
- Senior Women : Women 60yrs+ (30ft)
- Open Men : No age restriction (40ft)
- Senior Men : Men 60yrs+ (40ft)
- Elder Men : Men 70+ (30ft)
We have your comfort in mind!
50 NHPA approved clay courts will be constructed on-site at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall & Kay Yeager Coliseum which will provide a comfortable climate-controlled indoor tournament location.