Dover resident Robert "Bobby" Scott traveled to Buffalo, N.Y., where he took first place in his division at the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) World Tournament.
Robert “Bobby” Scott tried fishing. He tried bowling. He gave up on both of them.
“They were too expensive,” he said.
Now, the Dover resident spends his leisure time tossing a U-shaped piece of iron alloy that weighs about two and half pounds.
And he’s pretty good at it. This summer, Scott traveled to Buffalo, N.Y., where he took first place in his division at the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) World Tournament.
Scott is a member of the First State Horseshoe Club, an organization for horseshoe enthusiasts across the state.
Who knew? A game that started in ancient Rome, according to some historians, and has been played at family reunions through the years now warrants a club.
Scott said he started playing in his backyard and now pitches once or twice a week. He said he used to practice more, but he cut back a bit recently because he got a new job.
He and his buddies often go to Brecknock Park in Camden. Or they’ll spend the weekend playing local tournaments or leagues around the area.
It’s not just a Kent County thing. An estimated 15 million people in the U.S. and Canada regularly toss horseshoes, according to the NHPA.
Enough people enjoy the sport to support online sites that sell equipment, accessories and apparel. Accessories include items such as horseshoe carrying bags and pro combo pick up hooks and measuring tools.
The best players have their favorite types of equipment. Scott said he favors the E-Z Flip brand because he just like the way it feels.
His advice for those looking to move up in the ranks: “Practice a lot and don’t get frustrated.”