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|Joe Cota started
playing horseshoes as a youth with his brother. He shot right handed
with the flip and then later with a 1 ¾ turn, and his favorite
shoes were the "Deadeye Regular". Joe and his wife, Elaine had
2 boys and 1 girl; Rick, Jeffrey, and Pam. They have 7 grandchildren.
In 1979, Joe was instrumental in starting the Milton Horseshoe League at the Milton Fair Grounds. In 1980, they moved the league to the Milton School hockey rink where they build 4 courts in the rink. They played in the rink until the school told them to move the courts.
In 1986, Joe heard that Milton bought a large amount of land for recreation. He went to the recreation meeting to inquire about getting a piece of this land for horseshoe courts and the Recreation Board granted Joe his wish. In 1986, they built wooden boxes on their new land for their league. Later they would build the forms for the cement boxes and pour the cement, put up the fence, and laid the blacktop; just in time for Milton to host the Vermont States in 1987.
Joe was the President of the Milton Club for 5 years, the Treasurer/Secretary for 10 years, then President again for 3 years. Joe was Tournament Director for many years for the club.
In 1991, Joe had a setback with his heart and in 1994, was in a car crash. He is now getting back into horseshoes again.
Joe played in four Vermont States, out of the four, he took 2 first place's and one third place. 1989 was his first State Tournament playing in Class F 5-0-22.0% @ Sodbusters. 1993 he played in Class C 8-0-35.0% @ Milton. 1990, Class D 4-2-30.2% @ Milton.
Joe played in one New England Tournament in 1985 at Springfield, Vermont, Class F with a 41.0%.
The Vermont Horseshoe Pitchers Association welcomes Joe Cota as an Organizer.