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Three Hudson residents vie for horseshoe championship

Three Hudson residents will be among 80 Wisconsin participants to compete in the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Championships July 27-Aug. 8 in Springfield, Ill.

Rod Ganther, Brady Reetz and Steve Wallin will be among 1,330 entrants from 45 states and four Canadian provinces vying for the title of world champion.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the NHPA World Championships. The two-week tournament is held once each summer to crown a world champion horseshoe pitcher in each of eight divisions -- Open Men, Open Women, Senior Men, Senior Women, Elder (short-distance) Men, Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Junior Cadets (9 years old and under).

Pitchers will compete for approximately $170,000 in prize money, trophies and scholarships, as well as the right to call themselves "world champion."

The Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield will be equipped with 50 portable, clay-filled horseshoe courts. To follow the event online, go to