One Year Warranty
Dead Soft Rating
Unique Iron Alloy.. resists burring
Choice of colors, blue or red
Great quantity price breaks starting at just two pair!
Meets NHPA specs for official weight (Approx 2-1/2 lbs per shoe)
These horseshoes are designed
to hold up for commercial and professional use. We ship them daily to clubs
and institutions as well as to individuals who all pitch them regularly for
extended sessions, which often amount to hours upon hours of continuous daily
use. If being purchased for occasional use (a few times a summer in the
backyard), they could easily last a lifetime!
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prices and options
There's no hiding it... The two
shoes we went after with this horseshoe were the ever popular Ted Allen and
Deadeye's E-Z Grip... Over the years, we have received many, many requests for a
horseshoe that was a "Ted Allen body with Imperial hooks and tips." Well,
that's what this is... but with an added twist of a diamond plate style recessed
texture that blows away the E-Z Grip's gripping surface! The waffle-like
grooves on the surface of the shoe form a diamond pattern that really enhances
the grip during the swing... But the edges of the center nodules are all beveled
so the shoe can pull away cleanly once it is released. This grip really
works and so does the Allen/Imperial combo shape... The turn action of this shoe
is like no other... all it wants to do is land open end first and you can't
hardly make it do anything else! It's exactly what you would expect from a
blend of two of the most popular shoes of all-time... it is near perfection, to
say the least! Yes, after throwing this shoe for the first time, we were
all scratching our heads wondering why we didn't do this sooner! If you
throw a turn, this horseshoe is worth trying... You'll be a step closer to
getting them all on with this horseshoe!
Designer's Notes: My son Tony and I brainstormed
on this shoe for a couple of months gluing all sorts of things to the surface of
various horseshoes and then throwing them, trying to come up with a gripping
surface that really worked. The waffle pattern that we ended up with was
actually one of the very first things we tried. Our first version of it
was a raised pattern, but we eventually decided the recessed beveled grooves
would be better. It was truly a collaborative effort and that in itself
was a cool experience. To top it off, we got to utilize a name for the
shoe (All-On) my grandfather came up with many years ago, making it a really
nice little family project!
Well, as it turns out, this shoe happens to turn perfectly
for my 1-1/4 pitch, so I've been throwing it in league and tournament
competition since December of 2008 and I have to say that I've found the
gripping surface to be extremely effective. I was used to the feel of it
in no time and it has really helped me to keep from dropping that short shoe
that used to plague my pitching pretty regularly. Plus, I've found that
it's possible to pick up a sloppy wet shoe, give it just a quick wipe by hand
(no rag) and pitch it without losing your grip on the shoe... it's nice to have
that kind of confidence in your grip! Overall, I'd say we truly
accomplished our goal of creating a gripping surface that really works for a
horseshoe. The shoe itself. without the grip is really a great shoe... add
the grip to it and you've got one of the best shoes I've ever pitched and I've
pitched them all! If you throw a lively 1-1/4 turn, well you can't find a better
shoe than this. It is very much the same as the Steinfeldt shoe in the way
that it just begs to be open... It's hard to miss with this one!
Other Alan Francis horseshoes: Bullseye,
the Signature Shoe
A bit about the man:
Men's championship horseshoe pitching moved into its modern era in 1940,
breaking the 80% ringer average barrier for the first time that year. Since
then, it has taken an average of over 83.5% ringers to win the world title.
Alan Francis has won 15 of them! In nearly a hundred tries, it's a short list of six players who've
pitched better than 85% ringers to win the title... the greatest of the
greats... Fernando Isais, Ted Allen, Curt Day, Elmer Hohl, Walter Ray Williams
Jr. and Alan Francis... Alan has done this six times! As of 2009, he's
made 22 appearances in the Men's Championship Division at the World
Championships and including all the bad days (there haven't been very many), he
still has an overall lifetime average over 81% in the championship... In 2009,
in Springfield, IL he set the all-time record for highest ringer average in the Men's World
Championship Division bettering last year's world record of 89.4% with an
astonishing 90.26% ringer average, putting Alan in a class of his own being
the first world champion to ever average over 90%! He's
arguably one of the greatest to ever compete in this sport and he pitches this
shoe that bares his signature!
The above picture appeared in
an article about Alan in the summer of 2006 on the following website
for a link to the article about Alan on that site.
For the most astounding 15th time, Alan Francis of Defiance, OH won the
2009 Men's World
Championship in Springlfield, IL... He was undefeated all the way
through the finals at 19-0 with a world record performance of 90.26%
ringers! That's 917
ringers out of 1,016 shoes pitched! With that performance, Alan now tops an elite club
of just three men who have pitched over 88% in the world championships,
the other two being horseshoe legends Elmer Hohl and Walter Ray Williams Jr... what an
accomplishment! And yes, he pitches his "signature shoe"
...maybe you should too!
to watch a 17 minute video of Alan Francis talking about, demonstrating and
instructing horseshoes... filmed in July of 2008. The video feed starts right away,
without snags and it's absolutely worth taking a bit of your day to see him talk
horseshoes and pitch a few ringers!
for a video Interview and footage of Alan Francis practicing horseshoes at home
produced by David Foster of the Columbus Dispatch (summer of '07).
Click Here for the newspaper article entitled "Perfect Pitch" by Matt Tullis
of the Columbus Dispatch... it's based on the video from above.
Click Here for a YouTube video of Alan Francis pitching in the 2007 World Championship
in Ardmore, Oklahoma
Click Here to watch a nice full-size video of the unprecedented
12-time world champion Alan Francis pitching in the 2005 Greenville Ringer
Classic on July 3, 2005, warming up for his record-breaking 11th World Title
(approximately 1 1/2 minutes)... There's another video link at the bottom of
this page for another look at Alan pitching.
Here's a nice photo of Alan
displaying his championship form, pitching his way to winning his 10th
men's world title in Pocatello, ID on August 8th, 2004. This shot
really captures his perfectly straight forward pitching style and shows
him deeply concentrating on the target, obviously all the way through his
delivery. Notice how his eyes are trained on the stake, not the shoe
he just let go of? This tenth victory tied the all time record
holder, the great Ted Allen, who's record had stood since 1959. Alan
has now broken that record, winning two more titles since then... the only question now is how many titles will
he win by the time he's finished???
Click on the picture below to
see a series of 15 stop action photos displaying Alan's pitching style and also
a one minute video clip
of Alan pitching in the 2004 Eastern Nationals in Erie, PA 6/28/04. We
also recently added a 1-1/2 minute full-size video of Alan pitching in the 2005
Greenville Ringer Classic (same as link above):
Alan Francis All-On
Horseshoe Pricing & Product Options
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target weight for an official horseshoe is approx. 2 lbs. 8 oz. (+/-
an ounce) and this shoe falls within that range. Furthermore,
each pair is matched weighted so the shoes weigh virtually the same.
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Note: If you want
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Don't you need a carrying bag or case for your shoes too? Check these
out before you check out:
Our all new Hard
Shell Horseshoe Cases... best case for horseshoes ever! It holds two
pair and many accessories
Also, there's our all
new Horseshoe Saddle Bags... designed to fit two pair!