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If you are a backyard horseshoe pitcher and/or occasionally pitch shoes at picnics or family reunions, or even a more skillful horseshoe pitcher that would like to pursue your interest in the sport of horseshoe pitching, there is wonderful news for you.Horseshoe pitchers include children ages 6 - 18, and men and women of all ages.

Most people think of horseshoe pitching as a summer outdoor sport, but that doesn't apply in Missouri.In the last 15 years, more and more indoor facilities are being built so that horseshoe pitchers can enjoy pitching all year around.These indoor courts are becoming more popular and can be found in different areas of Missouri.

Some people are unaware of organized horseshoe pitching.Just as bowling has its association and leagues, so does the sport of horseshoes.The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) has 13,000 members across the United States, Canada and other countries.Each state has at least one NHPA Charter.The Missouri Charter is called the Missouri Horseshoe Pitchers Association (MOPHA).Missouri has the 2nd largest membership. To become a member of the Missouri Charter, you must pay a small membership fee.This enables you to compete on local, state and national levels.Checkout Missouri's webpage at www.mohpa.us or the NHPA Internet website at www.horseshoepitching.com.

There are many horseshoe clubs and leagues throughout Missouri.Finding the league closest to your home is most important for you.The Quail Ridge Horseshoe Club of St. Charles County is proud to offer you the finest indoor pitching facility that you will probably find in the United States.A brand new facility recently opened (October - 2007) at Quail Ridge Park, located in the Wentzville area.It sits high on a hilltop and can be seen from the highway where I-70 and Hwy 40-61 intersect.The National Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame and Museum is included in this facility where there is much to see and enjoy about horseshoe pitching.The building includes 16 indoor courts, and is fully heated and air conditioned for year round activity and 16 outdoor courts for your enjoyment when the weather permits.

The Quail Ridge Horseshoe Club (QRHC) begins its winter season in October, which includes a mixed league of men, women and juniors and a men's league. The mixed league play is held on Monday evenings, beginning at 7:00pm.The men's league plays on Wednesday evenings.In order for beginners to compete with experienced horseshoe pitchers, the league play is based on a handicap system, the same as in the bowling association.For the mixed league, a team shall consist of 4 or more players.However if you do not have a full team, a place will be found for you.Six games will be pitched per evening.For the men's league, teams are chosen via a draft system and generally consist of six members. If you are interested in the Men's League on Wednesday evening, contact Rich Altis at 314-541-4705. Day Leagues are held twice a year beginning February - March and September - October - contact Don Claas at 636-447-3039. If you have further questions, contact Jeanette Claas, President of QRHC at 636-447-3039.

The QRHC has over 300 members and is continuously growing in its membership. Some horseshoe pitchers are content to play in leagues, while others like to compete more seriously in tournament competition.Tournaments are held monthly at the QRHC and at other facilities.Each year a State Tournament is held over the Labor Day weekend where Missouri State Champions in the Mens, Women's, Juniors and Seniors Divisions are declared.At the National level a World Horseshoe Tournament is held in different locations throughout the United States and Canada each year.Regardless of where you play, there is a place and a class for you to compete in.You will find horseshoes to be a family sport and people friendly.Come visit the new facility and see for yourself what the sport of horseshoes has to offer you.