Monthly Archives: May 2017

Wednesdays in June

It’s true… It’s really happening! Horseshoes in Ft. Tryon are now on Wednesdays in June.

aerial view of our deluxe playing field (flowers not shown, since they haven’t grown yet)

Show up about 7:00ish at the horseshow pits in Ft. Tryon Park near the A train station at 190th St.

It might rain, but Hey, this is a Rain or Shine event.



Experts can pitch ringers when the stake is under a blanket or when they are blindfolded. You too, can do this, but only if you practice. 

GOOD TO KNOW: Our very own Ron Gustav Müller Jacobson (who has joined in at least twice) was able to make ringers when blindfolded. In his native Mississippi, he used to do blindfolded exhibition games. He had quite a following and was known as the “shoe pitching’ Swede” which was kind of strange since Ron is really Norwegian.

“Mud Shoes”

One bag of sand each was added to two of the pits. Ultimately it was spread around a bit.

Two bags of sand were added to the pits last Thursday. It would seem advisable that an additional 6-8 bags should be added to complete a top-notch job. The sand bags cost about $5 each and they weigh about 50 lbs. making for a decent exercise bringing them down the hill. It could be part of your summer body-building routine. What do you think? Donations are always welcome.

This sand was made for planting and it’s a bit too fine grained. So it got a little messy in the rain.

The combination of the new sand and the rain made for a bit of a muddy mess. I called it “mud shoes.” It would be good to find some sand that’s a bit heavier grained. Probably it’d be cheaper too.


(Nothing But) Flowers

It was fun planting some flowers in the rain last Thursday. Let’s see if these non-native species have a chance against the persistent vines that have called the pits home for the past many years.

Some of the variety planted last Thursday in the rain

(Nothing But) Flowers

Years ago
I was an angry young man
I’d pretend
That I was a billboard
Standing tall
By the side of the road
I fell in love
With a beautiful highway
This used to be real estate
Now it’s only fields and trees
Where, where is the town
Now, it’s nothing but flowers
The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we’d start over
But I guess I was wrong

(from Talking Heads Naked)


This vine is so long that it can’t fit in one picture

These vines have very deep and hardy roots







There is currently very little weeding to be done on the pits, but many of the “weeds” are very hardy and thrive in bad soil.

Pictured above is the type of vine that had overgrown the whole area last year. Now little remains, but some runners and the roots. I don’t know what this plant is called, but  it has very strong and hardy roots which make raking almost impossible since the rake gets stuck on the roots. So ultimately the roots have to be cut. Not a hard task in itself, but since there are hundreds of these plants in the pit, it needs to be kept up with.


Humans are the only primates that play horseshoes. This is true even though, humans share a majority of the physical traits shown in other primates. It is possible that non-human primates just don’t care about horseshoes, but also just as likely that they have trouble acquiring the necessary equipment. {REFERENCE}

GOOD TO KNOW: Non-human primates, also don’t read web sites about horseshoes, so if you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are human and could play horseshoes. That is, you could, if you wanted to.

ROUND 2 RECAP: Understandable

Thursday’s turnout for horseshoes was less than overwhelming. However, this is understandable, since we all have so many things to do.

That being said, horseshoe pitching will be an ongoing event throughout most of the summer. RIGHT NOW, TWO MORE THURSDAYS IN MAY. (that day may change in June).

No one should feel limited to Thursdays as the pit is open to anyone on any day. That is, if you have your own horseshoes. Horseshoes can be bought HERE and HERE. And I can almost guarantee that owning your own horseshoes will motivate you to get out there and play.


Despite the poor turnout a few positive things did happen last Thursday

  • The ecology initiative of treating vegetation with a live and let live policy, unless trampled by players, was momentarily suspended, as there were not enough players for sufficient trampling. Instead the machetes came out and weeds were mercilessly chopped down.
  • When there was a question of whether to give a particular plant protected status, the usual ruling was to chop it off and ask questions later.
  • However some plants indeed were spared, at least for now.
  • Planting tulip bulbs along the border to be ready for next spring was a matter put up for further discussion.
  • A new player named Ron Gustav Müller Jacobson joined in the play and he is quite a character. Ron is of mixed Dutch/German/Norwegian descent but most recently hails from Mississippi where horse shoes are king. He speaks in a southern drawl and it’s fun to hear him swear in all four languages. More about Ron later.



40 Feet is the regulation distance between horseshoe stakes. The stakes themselves should be made of iron or soft steel and protrude 15 inches from the ground, leaning approximately 3 inches (12 degrees) from vertical toward the opposite stake. {REFERENCE}

GOOD TO KNOW: The horseshoe pit at Ft. Tryon park satisfies all of these requirements, so it’s all set for regulation play.


In a recent e-mail blast, it was incorrectly stated that the place to join the Nabisco Nilla Wafer community was HERE.

Unfortunately, this link is not where to join the Nabisco Nilla Wafer community, but rather a page where you can get ideas about new ways to use Nabisco Nilla Wafers. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

Even though the call to action on the box was clear that one should join the Nabisco Nilla Wafer community, exactly where to join this community remains a mystery.

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National Horseshoe Pitching Day: Quite a Success

The Inaugural National Horseshoe Pitching Day was quite a success.

That is to say:

  • Weeds were weeded.
  • Horseshoes were pitched.
  • and afterwards, beer was drank.

All this was done in the spirit of national celebration.

Additionally a few decisions were made:

  • We need more stompers (players) who by walking back and forth will help control the recurrence of the undergrowth. This practice is much less labor intensive than having to do the work of cutting and hoeing.
  • Plants not directly in the line of play will usually be spared.
  • Certain plants slightly in the line of play might also gain protected status.
  • Reaffirmation to sponsor Horseshoe Pitching every Thurs. in May and continuing into the summer.

So things are really happening.

May 4th, 2017 is National Horseshoe Pitching Day!

Why we fight!

Northern Manhattan celebrations will take place about 7:00ish at the horseshow pits in Ft. Tryon Park near the A train station at 190th St.

“National Horseshoes Pitching day” began in Northern Manhattan with the awareness that there was already a perfectly good horseshoe area in Ft. Tryon that had long been neglected and just needed to be cleaned up. Once this cleanup was accomplished, a national day of celebration seemed in order.

Be advised the “National Horseshoes Pitching day” is not to be confused with “National Horseshoes Pitching is Fun day” which is sponsored by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association.

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