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Debbie brown began her horseshoe-playing career in 1980; She is a member of the Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club in Middlebury, Vermont.

Debra and her husband Mike live in Bristol. They have two children, Jeffrey and Lisa.

Debbie has held several offices for the club which include, Recorder 1982-1991, Awards Committee 1983-1984 and 1987-1988, Vice-President 1986, Secretary 1989-1992 and 1994-00, and league Doubles Secretary 1984.

Debbie and her husband Mike received "The Sodbusters Special Recognition Award" in 1985.

Debbie has been a consistent competitor in league play since 1983, finishing first in singles league in 1988 and 1991, second in 1990, and third in 1987. She also played in the doubles league, finishing in fourth place in 1983 and 1984. She received national recognition for being in the "NHPA Top Ten for Sanction Clubs" (high game and average) the last four out of five years.

Debbie received the New England Most Improved Woman Pitcher at Springfield in 1982. She also received the Sodbusters Most Improved in 1988 and from the VT HPA in 1991.

She has been instrumental serving on several committees, such as lease negotiating committee in 1990, and the Sodbusters 25th Anniversary committee in 1991.

Debbie's first tournament was in 1980, the Fall Round-up held at Sodbusters, averaging 6.5% for the day and taking 2nd place in a play-off. Debbie has participated in many tournaments in New England and received many first places through the years. In 1983 on Sodbusters courts, Debbie played her first Vermont State Woman's Class A title, finishing in 3rd place with an average of 48.5%. In 1988, at Bennington, she won her first Vermont State Woman's Champion Title with an average of 57.8. In 1991 and 1992, she had back-to-back State Champion Titles with a 61.0% in Bennington and a 63.3% at Sodbusters. In 2000, in Bennington, 7-1, averaging 60.6% with a turn shoe. In 1991, Vermont held their first State Doubles at Sodbusters, and Debbie with Phil Sumner, as partner was Vermont's first Double-Champions with a record of 4 wins 1 loss. She repeated as Doubles State Champion in 1992 at Milton's courts with Bill Bearor as a partner. She also participated in a World Tournament at Statesville, NC in 1993, finishing 1st in Women's Class F, being the first Vermont female to take a first place at the Worlds. She also participated in the New England's for 12 years; her best-placed finish in Woman's Class A was 3rd place in 1989 and 1991 with a 63.0% and 62.6%. Her best percentage was in 1993, where she short a 70.5%, finished in 4th place in Class A.

Debbie is well known throughout New England as a competitive pitcher. She's always lending a helping hand in either keeping score, recording, or giving tips in the lower playing classes of adults and juniors.

The VT HPA is very proud and fortunate to have Debbie brown inducted into the Vermont Hall of Fame as a Pitcher.