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|David was born in
1952 in St Albans, Vermont, the son of Velmore and Elizabeth (Conger)
Trayah. David has 4 brothers and 2 sisters. David married June Baxter in
1973. Dwayne, their only child was born in the 1982. Dave and June live
in Milton, Vermont.
In 1989, Dave pitched in doubles tournament at Bay Days in St. Albans, Vermont. Gloria Charbonneau was his partner and they came in 4th place. This tournament sparked David's interest in pitching horseshoes.
In 1990, he started pitching in the Monday night doubles league in Milton, Vermont. The first sanctioned tournament David pitched in was the Vermont state doubles tournament in 1994 with an average of 12.8%. He has pitched in 12 Vermont state tournaments. Within these state tournaments, in 1997 he came in 1st place in class D with 6 wins and 1 loss with an average of 24.01%, in 2003, he came in 2nd place in class C with 4 wins and 3 losses with an average of 35.62%, in 2004, he came in 2nd place in class B with 5 wins and 2 losses with an average of 39.08%.
He has pitched in 10 New England tournaments since 1997. Within these New England tournaments, in 2000 he came in 3rd place in class K with 4 wins and 3 losses with an average of 34.93%, in 2002 he came in 3rd place in class JJ with 5 wins and 2 losses with an average of 33.75%, in 2005 he came in 1st place in class EE with 7 wins and no losses with an average of 43.66%.
Dave pitched in his 1st world tournament in York, PA in 2008. He came in 13th place in class E3 with 5.5 wins and 9.5 losses with an average of 29.00%.
He wanted to become more active in the Milton horseshoe club, so became secretary/treasurer. In 2003, he and John Babcock became co-tournament directors. In 2005, Dave became sole tournament director with June's help.
Dave and other Milton club members came to realize that the clubhouse was too small. In 2005, Dave and other club members built the new addition which included a kitchen area and a new roof on the original building. Dave is always thinking of how he can improve the Milton horseshoe buildings and grounds. Dave has an easygoing personality so he is able to get people to help him make improvements on the clubhouse, walkways, and pits. His mother thinks his second home is the horseshoe pits.
In the fall and winter, Dave bowls on a men's league. If he could find a building that could be used for pitching horseshoe, he would pitch horseshoes all year around instead of bowling.