John Babcockzzz


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Born in 1963, the son of the late William and Annette Babcock. John is the youngest of six children. John lived in Williston and graduated from Champlain Valley High school in 1981. John helped out on the family farm.

John has one son, John Jr., and two daughters Jessica and Elizabeth. John is actively involved with his children, and enjoys spending time with them.

John's friends played horseshoes and this is what got him interested in playing. Ray Charbonneau was most influential for John staying with it though. He was always encouraging people to play and enjoy the sport of horseshoes. John started playing in the doubles league at the Champlain Valley Club in Milton in 1993. In 1995 he became sanctioned, so he could play in tournaments.

John became the driving force behind the Milton club. He was always there to get the courts ready for upcoming tournaments. He was the first one there in the morning, and the last to leave at night.

John served as the tournament Director, and the President of the Milton club in 2003, and 2004. Even after he moved to Bristol, he helped build the new edition on the Milton club shed.

John has served as President for Vermont NHPA 2007-2010. He has also been the tournament Director for Sodbusters Horseshoe Club for 2009-2010.

In 1999 John received the Appreciation Award from the Milton Horseshoe Club for sincere devoted effort to the game of horseshoes.

When John is not busy organizing, he also enjoys a good game of shoes. He has played all over the state of Vermont, and New England. Some of his best finishes are as follows: 2nd place 2001 Vt. States Men's B 5W 2L 40.94%. 3rd place 2008 Vt. States Class C 3W 3L 33.09%. 1st place twice in the Champlain Valley Doubles in 1994 & 1999. 2nd place in 2010 Vt. State Doubles Class A (3-way playoff for 1st place).

New England tournament best finishes as follows: 2005 Class D 4th place John was involved in a five way playoff for 1st place. 2004 Class EE 2nd place 4/3 41.67%. 2000 Class F 3rd place 5/2 43.94%.

John has also been a real competitor in the Sodbuster leagues playing several summers, or subbing as needed. John is always a positive person in our sport, and that is why we are proud to induct him into the Vermont Hall of Fame.