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CHARLIE MEREDITH
Hometown- Chalybeate Pitching Division- 40ft.Men
2012 NATSTAT- 78.23% Pitching Style - 1 1/4 Turn, Right-Handed, Steps off of the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Imperial Original 2.9 oz. How often do you practice? Spring and Summer, 1-2 hours each day in 200 shoe sessions. What year did you join the KHPA? 1988. How did you get started in horseshoes? I first pitched in school. In the 80's, I began pitching in local tournaments. This is where I met Bob Hudnall and Ron Powell. They were KHPA members and encouraged me to join the KHPA in 1988. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? The competitive; yet friendly part of the game, the social/friendship aspect, and the ability to mentor the younger/newer pitchers while watching them move up in the ranks. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? ? Intentional distractions, inclement weather, and seeing someone give up when they are down. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? I hope to win my 8th KY Men's state championship, have a NATSTAT average of 80% and pursue that illusive World Title.. What is your biggest accomplishment? 7 KY State Championships, 5th in the Men's Championship Class at the 2012 World Tournament after returning from a 13+ year break from the game, 2001 KHPA Hall of Fame Inductee, and 2012 Golden Horseshoes Recipient. What is your biggest disappointment? The lack of advancement and lack of recognition the sport receives. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? Ron Powell and Ronnie Meredith. They both pushed me to continuously improve my game. Ron Powell set the standard for horseshoe pitching in Kentucky and I strived to reach his level of pitching. Robert Taylor, for his persistance over the years that I return to horseshoe pitching after a 13 year layoff. Without the encouragement from him and my family, a comeback would have been much more difficult." Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Everyone is tough. I never take an opponent lightly. In Kentucky tournaments, I've had tough battles with Ron Powell, Don Titcomb, Tony Hankins, Walter Mullins, Ronnie Meredith, Lois Webster and Sue Snyder. In the Edmonson County Horseshoe League, I compete with Bob Hudnall, Charles Browning, Ben Webb, John Neagle, Mike Clark, Robert Taylor, Pete Clemmons and many others. Great fun and great folks.




WALTER MULLINS
Hometown- Middlesboro. Pitching Division- 40ft.Men
2009 NATSTAT- 59.05% Pitching Style - 1 1/4 Turn, Right-Handed, Steps off of the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Imperial (Medium wt.) How often do you practice? Everyday, as many shoes as possible. What year did you join the KHPA? 1993 How did you get started in horseshoes? Grew up with it. Gene Webster got me started in the sanctioned tournaments. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? Fellowship. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? Someone standing behind the stake. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? Play in the Men's World Championship Class. What is your biggest accomplishment? Winning the Team World Tournament. What is your biggest disappointment? People not respecting the high levels of play. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? Charlie Meredith. Consistency. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Sally Mullins.







JOHN NEAGLE
Hometown- Smiths Grove. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men
2009 NATSTAT- 55.18% Horseshoe Club- Edmonson County Horseshoe Pitcher's Association. Pitching Style - Single Flip, Right-Handed, Steps with the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Snyder E-Z Flip 2 2.7 wt. How often do you practice? 3-4 times a week, in 150-200 shoe sessions.What year did you join the KHPA? 2007.How did you get started in horseshoes? I've been playing since I was 14, my daddy and some others used to set together on Sunday afternoon and play, when I was too little to pitch. Then one day on the tractor, I was behind a house that had horseshoe pits so I stopped to throw one and hit the first one and I have been hooked ever since. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? The competition and how it takes 4 hours to play a tournament which seems to go by in about 30 minutes.What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? At the time, I can't say I have any. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? Trying to be the State Champion and enjoy playing all the time without getting ill at myself.What is your biggest accomplishment? Pitching a 57.77% tournament in which Bobby Brooks kept telling me I had a 50% tournament coming, in which I wasn't for sure it would happen, but I guess he was right. What is your biggest disappointment? Pitching in the 50's and dropping back down to the 20's and not knowing about the KHPA until now. Also, not having anywhere to play tournaments in the winter time. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how?Jim Culver with the slow back swing and Bob Hudnall with the high arm follow-through and Robert Taylor telling me to keep hangin' in there. Who is your toughest pitching opponent?Lawrence Barrett & Dustin Hunt.




CARL NALLEY
Hometown- Bardstown. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men
2008 NATSTAT- 30.53 Horseshoe Club- Nelson County Horseshoe Pitcher's Association. Pitching Style - Flip, Right-Handed, Steps with the right foot.Shoe Of Choice - Pony 2.7 wt. How often do you practice? Two days a week, in 400-500 shoe sessions.What year did you join the KHPA? 1976.How did you get started in horseshoes? Pitching with my brothers. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? Meeting people.What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? None. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? Getting better.What is your biggest accomplishment?To beat my son, Greg. What is your biggest disappointment?Not winning. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how?Bill Garrett...beats me all the time. Who is your toughest pitching opponent?Everybody.








FRED NALLEY
Hometown- Bardstown. Pitching Division- 30ft. Elder
2008 NATSTAT- 52.61% Horseshoe Club- Nelson County Horseshoe Pitcher's Association. Pitching Style - 1 1/4 Turn, Left-Handed, Steps with the right foot.Shoe Of Choice - Imperial 2.9 wt. How often do you practice? Twice a week, in 250 shoe sessions.What year did you join the KHPA? 1975.How did you get started in horseshoes? Pitching in the county fair. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? The competition.What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? None. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? To improve.What is your biggest accomplishment? What is your biggest disappointment? What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? Who is your toughest pitching opponent?








GREG NALLEY
Hometown-Bardstown. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men.
2009 NATSTAT- 52.22% Horseshoe Club- The Nelson County Horseshoe Pitchers' Association. Pitching Style - 1 1/4 Turn, Right-Handed, Steps off of the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Deadeye 2.8 How often do you practice? Never. What year did you join the KHPA? Early 90's. How did you get started in horseshoes? Watching others. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? The fun of it. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching?Concentration. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? Being the best. What is your biggest accomplishment? Winning. What is your biggest disappointment? Losing. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? Fred Nalley. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Alton Stone.







GARY OWENS
Hometown-Lynch. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men.
2010 NATSTAT- 28.12% Horseshoe Club- Pitching Style - 1 1/4 Turn, Right-Handed, Steps off of the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Ted Allen 2.10 How often do you practice? Two times a week in 200 shoe sessions. What year did you join the KHPA? 2010. How did you get started in horseshoes? A friend at work needed a partner to pitch with him during work time. I could pitch and still get paid while someone else was doing my job. That's what started me pitching. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? Hanging out. It's good people that pitch horseshoes. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching?People complaining and talking too much while I'm pitching. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching?Be the best I can be. What is your biggest accomplishment? Winning the tournament in Lanesville, IN two years in a row. What is your biggest disappointment? Pitching in a tournament in Maukport, IN. I beat the Colonel (after he had just returned from the world tournament)and Cobble who were the top pitchers. The remaining top folks were gone. Then I turned around and lost two games straight and was out of it. What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? Woody Murphy. He coached me. He taught me to forget the last pitch and move on. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? Len Saling. He's always been tough.





JIM PEAVLEY
Hometown- Richmond. Pitching Division- 40ft. Men
2011 NATSTAT- 53.84% Horseshoe Club- The Madison County Horseshoe Club. Pitching Style - Single Flip, Right-Handed, Steps off of the left foot.Shoe Of Choice - Snyder E-Z Flip 2.10 wt. How often do you practice? I don't practice often enough but always try to get in 100-150 shoes. . What year did you join the KHPA? 1987 How did you get started in horseshoes? I got started in horseshoes at an in-law's house. They were using tobacco sticks and real horseshoes and my kids loved it. I got a backyard horseshoe set, the family played and invited neighbors. That lead to organizing tournaments in our backyard and that eventually lead to creating a league and getting the city to put in pits at the park. What do you enjoy most about the sport of horseshoes? What I enjoy most about horseshoes is the competition. What is your biggest pet peeve while pitching? When I'm pitching well nothing bothers me and when I'm pitching poorly everything does. What are your goals to achieve in horseshoe pitching? My horseshoe goal is to win the Class A State championship, of course! . What is your biggest accomplishment? My biggest horseshoe pitching accomplishments would be feeling like I was instrumental in bringing horseshoes to the public in my hometown, being a part of the growth of the KHPA, and winning two 2nd's at the World tournament. What is your biggest disappointment? "One toe over the line, Sweet Jesus, one toe over the line .... ". What pitcher has most influenced your game and how? The biggest influences on my game have been Bryan Winkler and Lou Colpitts, both through their support and friendship. Who is your toughest pitching opponent? I have too many tough pitching opponents to list but really, it comes down to myself.




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