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Texas GATORFEST Horse Shoe Tournament Rules and Regulations

Download and submit an official Texas GATORFEST Horse Shoe Tournament Entry Form to Texas GATORFEST Attn: Horse Shoe Tournament at PO Box R, Anahuac, TX 77514 -OR- complete the form below to enter this competition. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to abide by all Texas GATORFEST rules and regulations, including those laid out hereafter. 

Date: September 14, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Place: Fort Anahuac Park

Fee: $20 per Person OR $40 per Team

Prize: CA$H!

Rules and Regulations:

  1. Teams shall consist of two players. All registered players must pitch from the same distance

  2. Bracket set up will determine games

  3. Playing positions will be drawn prior to start of tournament

  4. Once position drawings are determined, no new entries will be accepted

  5. Practice will bellowed on tournament pits prior to start of tournament

  6. Players will be provided horseshoes or may use their own NHPA approved horseshoes

  7. Each game will begin with the flip of a coin; the winner of the flip will have the choice of first or second throw. The first team will pitch all of their horseshoes, then the opposing team will pitch all of their horseshoes

  8. During the entire address and release of the shoe, the pitcher must not start nor step completely outside the platform with either foot

  9. No contestant shall walk to the opposite stake during game play

  10. All games will be played until one team reaches 21

  11. Scoring - The horseshoe closest to the stake scores. The horseshoe must be within six inches (officially) of the stake to score or within any established distance agreed upon before the start of the game. Any horseshoe that encircles the stake is called a "ringer." To be qualified as a "ringer" you must be able to set up a straight edge against both heels of the horseshoe without touching the stake. A "ringer" is the highest score a player can score with one horseshoe. 

    1. Points

      1. One horseshoe closer to the stake than any of the opponent's horseshoes scores one point

      2. One ringer scores five points

      3. One ringer and closest horseshoe pitched by the same player scores six points

      4. In the event of equal pitches from opposing players, any points made cancel each other out

  12. A tournament judge can be summoned for discrepancies that cannot be corrected to the satisfaction of both teams​. Tournament judge's decisions are final

  13. All participants agree to abide by the following festival rules:

    1. No glass bottles or containers or concealed weapons may be brought into the park​

    2. No pets are allowed in the park

    3. No refunds will be granted for any reason

    4. No swimming permitted

    5. Festival authorized displays only

    6. Everyone who enters the festival is subject to search by Texas GATORFEST Security or local law enforcement officials. This includes guests, volunteers, vendors, exhibitors, contractors and entertainers

    7. Participation in any and all activities available at Texas GATORFEST is by choice and at the participant's own risk

    8. Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code: a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411 Government Code may not enter this property with a concealed handgun or weapon