Swain takes first in World Horseshoe Pitching Championship.
Bob Swain handled the world's best in the
horseshoe sport and was crowned champion in this year's World Horseshoe
The competition, which was in St. George,
Utah, had 99 constesants in Swain's division - Senior Men. Competitors
came from all over the U.S. and as far away as Germany, Canada and
Before taking the crown, Swain first went
through the preliminaries. Out of 16 conttestants, he finished in
second place with an 11-4 record, which allowed him to go into the
" After he started, he was cery calm, relaxed and
confident" said Sue Franklin, Swains partner. "I was floating on
a cloud even though I was on the cheering side."
Swain had no problem as he went undefeated
with an 11-0 record, before taking down Gary Roberts in the
championship game with a 42-7 score. As a reward, Swain
earned two trophies and $1475.
"I play horseshoes because it is
competitive." he said "I want to get better and go back in the
Swain is failiar with winning, as far as
horseshsoe competitions go. He is a two-time New Mexico state
champion and will defend his title in Albuquerque later this
year. He also participated in three other World Horseshoe
pitching Championships - in 1994, 1997 and 2013. In 2013, Swain
finished second in the preliminaries in the Men's Division, an all-ages
Swain found a passion for horseshoes during his childhood at campgrounds.
"My father and uncle played horseshoes." said
Swain. "At first, me and my brother couldn't play with them, until we
As a way to keep up on his skills, Swain build
a horseshoe court with professsional equipment in his backyard.
"I play with my friends in my backyard, but I don't let them beat me." said Swain.
He even introduced Franklin to the
sport. Since then, she herself has won 14 class championships and
two state championships.
Born in New Hampshire, Swain moved to Boston -
where horseshoes are well known - during high school. He was in
the Navy during the Vietnam War and worked as a boatsman. After a
career as a machinist, he worked as a miner in Arizona in 2003 before
coming to Silver City to work in the mines four years later.
Swain plans to continue his horseshoe career
as he will compete in next year's World Horsehoe Pitching Championship,
which will be held in South Carolina.