Junior champion hopes to defend horseshoe pitching title at World Horseshoe Pitching competition

News

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX KJTL) — The National Horseshoe Pitching Competition in going into the second week at the MPEC.

The junior class is wrapping up its preliminary rounds Friday.

With the National Horseshoe Pitching Competition underway, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons all played together hoping to make it to the junior championships.

This mother and son duo from Arkansas take the competition seriously.

“It’s family fun,” competitor Wendy Hayes said. “I’m not a good as my son, obviously, I aspire to be as good as him, but to be able to be together and do something together. I tell people all the time it’s a wonderful thing.”

Hayes’ son Derek started playing five years ago started out with his uncle and his stepfather, but two years ago he lost his teammates.

“He throws his Uncle Loyd’s horseshoes that was my brother that got me into playing him, and my husband, played they both died two-and-a-half years ago,” Hayes said. “Me and Derek are the ones that do the horseshoes now.”

Although the past two years have been tough, with determination Derek stuck to the sport and the following year won world champion in South Carolina.

“Last year, I won World Junior Boys Champion, so this year I came to Wichita Falls, Texas so I can defend my title,” Derek said.

Ahead of the championships Saturday, Derek said he plans to not only keep his title but keep the memory of his former teammates alive as he moves forward a champion.

“I’ll be playing probably the rest of my life,” Derek said. “It’s my thing now. It’s my sport, it’s horseshoes, it’s what I wanna do the rest of my life.”

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Recent Videos

KFDX 3 News at 10:00 p.m.

Thumbnail for the video titled "KFDX 3 News at 10:00 p.m."

Popeye's chicken sandwich inspires Halloween costume

Thumbnail for the video titled "Popeye's chicken sandwich inspires Halloween costume"

Nintendo releases new "ring fit adventure" game

Thumbnail for the video titled "Nintendo releases new "ring fit adventure" game"

Clay county speed limit changes Tuesday

Thumbnail for the video titled "Clay county speed limit changes Tuesday"

Experts say a child's first visit to an orthodontist should come at age 7

Thumbnail for the video titled "Experts say a child's first visit to an orthodontist should come at age 7"

New medication offers postpartum depression relief

Thumbnail for the video titled "New medication offers postpartum depression relief"

Coach Caught Stealing Money From Players

Thumbnail for the video titled "Coach Caught Stealing Money From Players"

Baby dies in fire after children are left home alone

Thumbnail for the video titled "Baby dies in fire after children are left home alone"

Burk city commissioners vote down the ban of flavored e-cigarettes

Thumbnail for the video titled "Burk city commissioners vote down the ban of flavored e-cigarettes"

What The Tech: new Facebook design

Thumbnail for the video titled "What The Tech: new Facebook design"

Vacant home of James Staley vandalized

Thumbnail for the video titled "Vacant home of James Staley vandalized"

Property flipping brothers to revitalize two properties in Graham

Thumbnail for the video titled "Property flipping brothers to revitalize two properties in Graham"