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Bristol woman claims state horseshoe title

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BENNINGTON — Bristol’s Debra Brown continued her winning ways on the horseshoe courts when she won the Women’s title in the Vermont State Championships at the Bennington Horseshoe Club this past Sunday.

Brown tossed a perfect 4-0 record in the competition, hitting ringers on more than three out of every four throws. Brown won the Women’s World Title at the World Horseshoe Pitching Championship in Kansas last month.

The Men’s champion was Gale Greene of Shaftsbury, who was fourth at the World Championships.

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Shaftsbury resident is top pitcher in horseshoe tourney

Posted on August 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Gale Greene of Shaftsbury won the Class A division in the Vermont PreState horseshoe-pitching tournament hosted by the Sodbusters Horseshoe Club at its Bristol courts this past Sunday.

Green, who placed fourth at the Men’s World Horseshoe Pitching Championship in Kansas late last month, threw a perfect 7-0 slate of games in Bristol, hitting ringers nearly 70 percent of the time.

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Senior horseshoe pitchers earn state titles

Posted on May 27, 2015 |
By Addison Indedendent



BRISTOL — Vermont Senior Games champions were crowned in a state horseshoe competition hosted by the Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club this past Saturday at the club’s courts in Bristol.

More than a dozen pitchers took part, and they ranged in age from the minimum 50 years old to nearly 80.

The medalists, by age group, were as follows:

•  Age 50-54: gold, Mistylee Baird and Joe Forgues; silver, John Babcock; bronze, Brian McCormick.

•  55-59: gold, Debra Brown; silver, Stan Bigelow; bronze, Blakley Bigelow.

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Sodbusters to host two tournaments

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club will host two tournaments open to the general public over the next two weekends.

First is the club’s 18th annual Roger Forgues Sr. / Fall Finale Horseshoe Tournament this Sunday, Oct. 12. This non-sanctioned tournament will take place at the club’s home courts at 56 Airport Drive in Bristol, behind the American Legion hall. Check-in is at 9 a.m., competition starts at 9:30.

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Sodbusters' autumn event draws a crowd

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MILTON — Six members of the Sodbusters Horseshoe Club claimed state titles at the Vermont State Horseshoe Pitching Tournament held in Milton this past Saturday and Sunday.

Some familiar names were at the top of the leader board, including Men’s Class A champ Brian Simmons and Women’s Class A champ Debra Brown, who were both undefeated.

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Sodbusters host pro horseshoe tournament

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Four members of the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club bested competitors from around the northeastern United States and South Carolina in a professional horseshoe tournament this past weekend.

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Sodbusters out-throw visitors

Posted on July 9, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Three familiar pitchers from the local Sodbusters Horseshoe Club were welcoming enough to the out-of-state visitors who competed in their tournament this past Sunday, but the Bristol trio still demolished the competition.

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Simmons, Brown toss well at horseshoes world championship

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ST. GEORGE, Utah — Three members of Bristol’s Sodbusters Horseshoe Club — all veterans of international competition and Bristol residents — distinguished themselves with top finishes at the World Horseshoe Championships, which were held in St. George, Utah, between July 22 and Aug. 3.

Brian Simmons, a former world champion, took second in the men’s competition; Debra Brown (who was runner-up last year) finished third in the women’s competition; and defending world champion Brianna McCormick was third in the girls’ event.

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Sodbusters horseshoe pitching club moving to Bristol

Posted on December 13, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Club, based in the rustic Case Street Community Club facility in Middlebury for the past four decades, will soon be moving up Route 116 to the Bristol Recreational Field, behind the American Legion.

“We are very sad to leave,” said club president Debra Brown of their Case Street location, where the Sodbusters have been based since 1970. “At the same time, I think it will turn out to be a good thing.”

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Local pitchers win professional horseshoe tourney

Posted on September 3, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Several county residents, competing with top players from up and down the East Coast, claimed division titles when the professional horseshoe pitching tour came to Middlebury last week.

Bristol’s Brian Simmons won the top prize of about $1,000 by winning the Division 1 40-foot competition in the Green Mountain Challenge. Debra Brown was champion in the Division 1 30-foot category.

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