Pacific Coast  Horseshoe Pitchers Remember the Pacific Coast Horseshoe Pitchers’ Association? Never heard of it? Well, indeed there was such an organization; a copy of the cover artwork of their very first newsletter is presented with this article. This cover artwork for the initial Journal is dated October 1931. Editors were M.C. Atheny and L.E. Atheny, 28 East 80th Street North, Postland, Oregon, phone Tabor 1456. The subscription cost was $1.00 a year or ten cents a single copy.

There can be many schools of thought of why such as association would be form when there already was the NHPA. One should not immediately jump to any conclusion that the formation of such an organization was formed because of displeasure with the NHPA or that it was the start of a maverick or competitive group to the NHPA. Back in the 1930's, communication was not the same as it is today. From these two introductory articles, there is a hint that because of miles in distance, there was a need to make for better communication within a region.

Here are the first two articles in Volume I, No. 1.....


With this number, The Pacific Coast Horseshoe Pitchers’ Journal makes its bow.

This magazine, which will appear monthly, is designed to give horseshoes enthusiasts of the Pacific coast states the news of horseshoes pitchers, courts, clubs, associations and personalities in the west.

Horseshoeing is a sport which has been raised in the last few years from the status of an informal neighborhood game to that of keenly-fought interstate competition. And yet it has retained its homey charm. There is something about getting out in your shirt-sleeves and twirling horseshoe that make for friendship. By the time you have pitched a couple of games, joked a little and yarned a little, the stranger is a stranger no more. He is "Bill" or "Joe" now.

Add to this the great fun that pitching is in itself, and we have the reason why there are over 10,000 horseshoe pitchers in our district.

The Journal, by publishing the news and views of these ten thousand, hopes to create an esprit de corps among them, encourage the formation of new associations, aid the development of those already formed, promote state and interstate tournaments and serve as a means of expression and communication for pitchers throughout the West.

We send greetings to all pitchers and their associations and particularly to the Oregon State Horseshoe Pitchers’ Association, without whose assistance this first number of the Journal would not be possible.


Horseshoe pitching will receive a great impetus with the formation of the All-Pacific Coast Horseshoe Pitchers' Association, now under way. Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon will be included. Each of these states has now a strong organization of its own. When these are linked together in the new association, horse pitching will be established on a scale that rivals the major sports.

What will this interstate mean? It means, for one thing, that interest in the game has reached such a point that the National Association is considering holding its tournament in Los Angeles during the Olympic meet. It will be up to the Pacific Coast Association to secure the tournament and make it a success!

By all means, let us have a Pacific Coast Association.

A special thanks goes to Lee Wallace (Dallas, Oregon) for furnishing a copy of this historic Newsletter.