History of the NHPA

The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) World Horseshoe Tournament is a world-class, international sporting event for athletes of all ages. First held in 1909 with 34 participants, the Tournament currently hosts approximately 1,100 athletes annually. Cities from across the US and Canada competitively bid to host the Tournament each July for a full two weeks. Horseshoe Pitchers compete in one of eight divisions encompassing more than 70 different classes that match athletes of similar skill, age, and gender, ensuring the highest potential for great competition each day of the event. During the Tournament’s finale, the World Champions in each division are crowned for the year. “The Tournament” is a total experience, not just sports competition. Participants and spectators enjoy Ceremonies, Banquets, Parties, Social Events, Community Festivals… to name only a few of the additional activities that enhance the athletic experience.



The World Tournament hosts multiple age divisions for all competitor levels and age groups.



We have your comfort in mind!

Over 50 NHPA approved clay courts featuring Illinois Blue Clay will be constructed on-site at the Winnemucca Events Center, which will provide a comfortable climate-controlled indoor tournament location.



Registration, current schedule and competitor listings can be found on the NHPA World Tournament Coverage Page.