Carol Sylvia


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This former state secretary from 1979-1984 came from a "horseshoe pitching family." She often mentioned childhood memories of her Dad playing in town leagues and tournaments at the old crowle lot in Brattleboro. There were rides to tournaments in Brattleboro and Keene in the early fifties in an old Hupmobile, huddled in the corner with a blanket wrapped around her and her brother to keep warm.

The years flew by, and low and behold her father convinced her husband to come out and throw a few shoes to pass the time away. That's all it took. Now, not only did she have a father spending hours at the courts but now her spouse and her own children. Of course it wasn't long before the small make shift courts weren't enough and before she knew it, there she was along side the staunch players actively campaigning for a local club with regulation courts. A familiar sight at just about every tournament played in the NE area keeping score for sometimes two and three courts, early in the AM and late at night. Some of the fondest and funniest memories are those completing scoring for Class A competition under car lights and umbrellas.

As the Springfield club grew so did her interests in organized competition. She went from keeping court scores to setting up and running the score shed and scoring system for tournaments. During her years of service to the Springfield Club she organized and ran the scoring system for tournaments such as Southern Vermont, Vermont State, Fall Round-Up, and one of the biggest New England Tournaments ever, being the first one to run three full days and two nights.

Surrounded by strong competitors, she began to realize the player frustration with uneven matches. How much more exciting, challenging, and satisfying it would be to match players averages closer together. Some sort of a uniform system was needed for qualifying and establishing averages, not only in Vermont, but throughout NE. This desire to improve player competition lead her to join forces with other New England Secretaries in pioneering the state average system we have today.

But all this aside, if you were to ask her today what was the most rewarding thing about her years in horseshoes, she would say with a big smile on her face, it's your friendship.