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The Canadian Horseshoe Pitching Championships took place in Saanich at the home of the Greater Victoria Horseshoe Pitching Association on Kenneth Ave, behind Glanford Park, August 16-20th.
In the Senior Men’s A-division, locals Tom Moffat and Kevin Cuthbert finished in third and fourth position respectively, while the national champion – determined in a playoff match – was Colin Finnie of Kenaston, Saskatchewan over Andre LeClare of L’Epiphanie, Quebec. The two had finished the tournament with identical records of 13-1 and therefore contested the tie-breaker.
Finnie finished with a ringer percentage of 65.69, while LeClare was slightly better at 66.27%.
“They were the class of the event,” said Tom Moffat, the BC Association President.
Ladies A-division saw Silvianne Mosian of L’Epiphanie, Quebec winning, while Victoria’s Lindsay Hodgins finishing second overall.
There were 162 competitors from Nova Scotia to Greater Victoria.
All ages competed in the tournament from peewees to horseshoe pitchers that are into their 90s.
The nationals included an opening ceremony that was visited by both the Lieutenant Governor of BC Judith Guichon, OBC and Richard Atwell, the Mayor of Saanich. The first nations provided entertainment with the Le-la-la dancers.
On the Tuesday, GVHPA put on a hospitality night, featuring popular rock band Rukus.
“It was fantastic,” shared Moffat. “The dancers were first class providing four dances and the band on Tuesday came out after a standing ovation and encore.”
The championships were capped off with a banquet for 186.
This year was the sixth time that GVHPA has hosted the national championships.
For the long-established GVHPA, they now have another local club to compete with. The Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association performed very well at nationals with several pitchers winning their age divisions.
The 2017 championships will take place in Guelph, Ontario.
For those interested in learning about the growing sport of horseshoe pitching, both Greater Victoria Clubs are taking new members of all ages.