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LAURIE RITCHIE
Hometown- Bardstown. Pitching Division- Women
2009 NATSTAT- 41.49% Horseshoe Club- The Nelson County Horseshoe Pitchers' Association. Pitching Style - Single Flip, Right-Handed, Steps off of the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Snyder E-Z Flip 2 2.8 wt. How often do you practice? Twice a week, pitching 300-350 shoes. What year did you join the KHPA? 2005 How did you get started in horseshoes? I was on date with Buddy Lampkin, He went to pitch at the pits in Bardstown and I went with him to watch, this when they had sand pits! What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? The fellowship of the all of the pitchers, especially the older pitchers, they know all of the history. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Cell Phones going off while your pitching! What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? To win 1st Place in Class "A" State Singles. What is your biggest accomplishment? Being able to bring up my average, to get and keep my shoe under control, and raise the shoe up! What is your biggest disappointment? Not being able to be consistent enough. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? All of the crew from Bardstown, Especially Buddy Lampkin, Ted Sauer, Cecil Cook, They will watch me pitch and remind to get that shoe up! What a great support system!!!!!!!!!! Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Myself, pitching against the previous weeks avg. and %'s in order to raise them.





KEVIN ROARK
Hometown- Lexington. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men
2009 NATSTAT- 23.70% Horseshoe Club- Mt. Sterling Horseshoe Club.Pitching Style - Single Flip, Right-Handed, Steps with the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Snyder E-Z Flip 2.9 wt. How often do you practice? ? I pitch every day. I try to get at least 150 pitches in. Most often I get in 300.What year did you join the KHPA? 2009.How did you get started in horseshoes? Probably like most, I've played most all of my life here and there. I put a pit in my back yard 3 years ago and it's taken me this long to find the KHPA. (thanks again Robert Taylor). What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? The fresh air, The competition, and the friends I'm making.What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Loud sudden noises. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? End of season goal is to be pitching 30 - 35% or higher.What is your biggest accomplishment? Still pretty new so accomplishments are happening for me each tournament. But I'd have to say pitching 2 38% and 1 40% game during the Campbellsville tournament would have to be my biggest. What is your biggest disappointment? Still pretty new so disappointments are happening for me each tournament. But I'd have to say pitching 2 38% and 1 40% game and than also pitching a 16%, 20%, and 18% during the same tournament would be a disappointment. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how?I practice a lot with Ricky Bell, he has given me a lot of advice that has really made sense and worked for me. I've enjoyed every game that he and I have played together even without winning any of them. He has a great attitude towards Horseshoes and It has helped me to stay focused. Who is your toughest pitching opponent?Myself.




KATHY SALLENG
Hometown- Bee Spring. Pitching Division- Women
2010 NATSTAT- 31.40% Horseshoe Club- The Edmonson County Horseshoe Pitchers' Association. Pitching Style - Single Flip, Right-Handed, Steps off of the right foot.Shoe Of Choice - Bronco Pro Flip 2.8 How often do you practice? Once a week pitching 150 shoes. What year did you join the KHPA? 2007 How did you get started in horseshoes? My husband pitched when I met him so I started pitching too. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? The fun of pitching, meeting new people and making new friends. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? (Kathy says its a closely guarded secret!) What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? To pitch a 50% tournament or better. What is your biggest accomplishment? Winning 3rd place, Class D, in my first State Tournament. What is your biggest disappointment? Not being consistant. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? My husband. He keeps me going and keeps my confidence up. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Dustin Hunt. He always gives me a good game!







ZENITH SAMUELS
Hometown- Louisville. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men
2010 NATSTAT- 30.10% Horseshoe Club- None. Pitching Style - Single Flip, Right-Handed, Steps off of the leftt foot.Shoe Of Choice - Stingers & Six Shooters 2.10 How often do you practice? Three times per week pitching 200-250 shoes. What year did you join the KHPA? 2011 How did you get started in horseshoes?I was invited by a friend, Charles Lewis, aka, Ooggie to come over to Black Mudd Park (Louisville) on Wednesdays to hang out while they pitched doubles. I tried it a few times and liked it. A friend gave me a pair of shoes; I started practicing and I got better. Now, I'm a regular at the park. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? Meeting people, conversation and the competition. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Not being consistent when I'm pitching. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? Win a championship. Go as far as I can go with it, i.e. - state and world. What is your biggest accomplishment? Coming in 2nd Place in the 2010 Shoe Time Horseshoe Tournament this past summer. What is your biggest disappointment? None, I don't have any. It's a good challenge. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? Larry Anderson, aka, Tractor - we started pitching against each other, talking trash, and then became sparring partners, practicing together and competing against each other. We pitched in the cold, the rain and mud. We made each other better. Dow Buford, aka, Side -he helped me improve my game and gave me my first pair of shoes for practice until I got my own. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Dwight Gibson, Larry Anderson and Dow Buford have always been tough. So far with the KHPA, it's been Omer Howard.




TED SAUER
Hometown- Louisville. Pitching Division- 30ft. Elder
2008 NATSTAT- 52.45% Horseshoe Club- Nelson County Horseshoe Pitcher's Association. Pitching Style - 1 3/4 Turn, Right-Handed, Steps with the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Imperial 2.5 wt. How often do you practice? Two to three times a week, in 150-200 shoe sessions.What year did you join the KHPA? Central Park in 1951.How did you get started in horseshoes? 60 years ago everyone pitched, that's what you did. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? Winning and making friends.What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Foul language. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? To beat Cecil Cook at 30ft. and keep beating him. Be consistant.What is your biggest accomplishment? When I beat Jim Noble in the State Tournament. What is your biggest disappointment?Losing. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how?Jack Fahey Who is your toughest pitching opponent?Jack Fahey.








EDGAR SISSON
Hometown- Louisville. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men
2011 NATSTAT- 34.10% Horseshoe Club- Pitching Style - 3/4 Turn, Right-Handed, Steps with the right foot.Shoe Of Choice - M&M's Heavy. How often do you practice? One to two times a week, in 150 shoe sessions.What year did you join the KHPA? 2011.How did you get started in horseshoes?I started pitching as a child with my father's friends. I started out with a flip but they told me I needed to learn to throw a turn. I pitched every day until everybody died off that pitched. I found a place to pitch with some folks a few years back and have been back pitching.What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? It's relaxing. It's something to do and it's a friendly environment..What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Pitching against 30 footers who seem to pitch so effortlessly.What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? Make it to Class A.What is your biggest accomplishment? Having the confidence to compete in a tournament and winning one of the class championships at the Money pitch in Millville, KY. What is your biggest disappointment?Not getting to play enough. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how?Dwight "John Deere" Gibson. He pitches so consistently, keeps his cool and makes the pitches when he needs them. Who is your toughest pitching opponent?John Deere, Gary "Murph" Owens, Bill Tolbert and Matthew "Short Dog" Welch and Dow "Side" Buford.






ALTON "STONEY" STONE
Hometown- Bardstown. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men
2011 NATSTAT- 42.85% Horseshoe Club- The Nelson County Horseshoe Pitchers' Association. Pitching Style - Single Flip, Left-Handed, Steps off of the right foot.Shoe Of Choice - Deadeye 2.10 How often do you practice? Two days a week and pitch as many shoes as I can. What year did you join the KHPA? 2000 How did you get started in horseshoes? My family and friends got me started and I'm glad I did because I love it. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? Good people and the sport of it. It is a good sport. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Hitting the pegs. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? To go to the World. What is your biggest accomplishment? Winning the State G Class. What is your biggest disappointment? Not enough ringers.. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? Cecil Cook. The way he pitches. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Laurie Ritchie and Kendal Chenault.






ROBERT TAYLOR
Hometown- Scottsville. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men
2011 NATSTAT- 47.33% Horseshoe Club- Edmonson County Horseshoe Pitchers' Association. Pitching Style - I currently pitch a 1 3/4 Turn, although I pitched a single flip for several seasons and a 1 1/4 Turn for two seasons.. Right Handed. Step with the right foot.Shoe Of Choice - Imperial Maxx 2.9 How often do you practice? Two to three times a week as time allows. Usually 200 shoes. What year did you join the KHPA? 1997. How did you get started in horseshoes? Just knocked around with it until a buddy of mine called me up and begged me to pitch doubles with his sister in the county fair. I didn't think I was good enough but won first place to my surprise. I was hooked to competition from that point and then Bob Hudnall got me going in the sanctioned end of it after that. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? I enjoy a lot equally about horseshoes. The feeling you get when you are pitching great, have a nice percentage tournament and win the class. I enjoy watching others compete and pitch well. I enjoy seeing Junior players excited about the game and their prospects in the tourney. I enjoy the good people and friends I have met through horseshoes. The whole family like atmosphere of the sport. I enjoy watching the State Championship matches in each Division a great deal. I enjoy the history of the sport! What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Someone trying to intentionally trying to distract you during your pitch or using unsportsmanlike conduct.. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? Just to beat any percentage or game I have posted in the past. To get better. To keep the history archive current and alive. What is your biggest accomplishment?Pitching- Finishing 4th in the 2005 Men's State A Class. Finally winning a state class in 2009. Non-Pitching-The biggest non pitching accomplishment for which I take most pride in is being able to gather our state's horseshoe history together to be saved and enjoyed before much was lost. (With a lot of help!) What is your biggest disappointment?Pitching- missing the State A Class in 2006 and losing the State B Class in 1999. Non-Pitching- Being an officer and having to make a judgement call between two players that will hurt one or the others feelings or future participation. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? Early on it was Bob Hudnall. I tried to pattern my flip after the his since he was one of the best flippers I knew. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? To answer "tough", there are many great players that would blow me off the court regular but those that have been on my level for which seem to define "tough" and that you can never seem to have a big enough lead on, I'll go with Bobby Brooks in the earlier years and in the current years it would be Don Phelps. If I were going to win a class it seems like I would have to get through a battle with one of those two guys first.



BEN WEBB
Hometown- Brownsville Pitching Division- Junior Boys
2013 NATSTAT- 51.55% Horseshoe Club- Edmonson County Horseshoe Pitchers' Association. Pitching Style - 1 1/4 Turn, Right-Handed, Steps off of the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Bullseyes 2.9 oz. How often do you practice? Six days a week iif possible. What year did you join the KHPA? 2006 How did you get started in horseshoes? My Dad. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? The competition, meeting new people, and getting better. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Someone making noises behind me and someone stopping directly behind the stake. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? Win the K.H.P.A. State Junior Boys Championship. What is your biggest accomplishment? Making the World Championship in Knoxville, TN and beating Tyler Howard the first round of the 2012 KY state championship.. What is your biggest disappointment? Losing to Tyler Howard in the last round of the 2012 KY state championship because of an overthrown shoe. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how?Charlie Meredith, Walter Mullins, Robert Taylor, Tony Hankins, Randy Hankins, and A.B. Webb have really helped me with learning the turn. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Charlie Meredith, Charles Browning, Alex Humes, Tyler Howard, Randy Hankins, and Dalton Rakestraw Ben Webb Fact: Ben Webb is STILL the PIZZA KING. All franchises on speed dial!






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