ST. GEORGE, UTAH – National Horseshoe Pitchers Association delegates on July 31 hrchose St. George, Utah, for the site of the 2013 World Horseshoe Tournament. Delegates voted between St. George and other finalist city York, Penn., with the winner announced during the 2011 World Horseshoe Tournament in Monroe, La.

The yearly event draws an estimated crowd of the best 1,200–1,500 competitive pitchers from around the world. Athletes qualify for the world tournament by competing in four NHPA-sanctioned tournaments during the year.

“Delegates are excited to visit St. George as a first-time destination for this tournament,” said Stuart Sipma, president of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association. “For many, this is a family vacation and Zion National Park caught their attention.”

This year’s champion was Brian Simmons from Vermont in a neck-and-neck rivalry against Francis Allen from Ohio. Simmons boasts an overall ringer percentage of 87% and Allen 90%.

“We are thrilled to welcome the best pitchers in the world to St. George,” said Kevin Lewis, Director of Sports Marketing with the St. George Convention and Tourism Office. “This event will showcase our town as a recognized sports destination and generate $3-$4 million during our typically slower summer season.”

The 2013 World Horseshoe Tournament will be held July 22–August 3, 2013, at the Dixie Convention Center. In 2012, the world tournament will be held in Knoxville, Tenn.

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