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Glenn Bogenschneider of Slinger inducted into Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitchers Association’s Hall of Fame

Slinger, WI – Glenn Bogenchneider was raised on a farm near Iron Bridge, Wisconsin in Dodge County. He learned horseshoe pitching from his father who was a very good pitcher. When he was a teenager, Glenn and his dad would team up at social outings. The two of them were an untouchable tandem as they both threw a lot of ringers.

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Glenn is one of few people that can boast he has pitched horseshoes internationally. He was stationed in Korea for 16 months in 1966 and 1967 and had the chance to throw some shoes at the USO. He joined a couple of tavern leagues when he returned stateside but took a break from horseshoe pitching during the 1970s.

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Glenn moved to Kenosha in 1982 and thought about getting back into pitching horseshoes. He heard about the Pitchin’ Palace opening in 1983 and he met Tom Roenhouse and Dick Hanson. Soon, he decided to get into a tournament there but found out all classes were sanctioned. So, he became a member of the WHPA, and HPA and entered. Glenn has been a proud member ever since.

One of Glenn’s philosophies in life is if you are going to join an organization, get involved. He has followed through with this as a member of the WHPA. In 1985, he became the WHPA’s second Junior Scholarship Chairman by taking the responsibilities from the program’s founder, Howard voles.

Glenn continued as chairman for the next three years. Glenn is one of the co-founders of the Kenosha Horseshoe Club which was started in 1994. He served as tournament director for the Kenosha tournaments from 1995 to 1999 and also for the Goldendale Open from 2012 to 2016.

Glenn served as WHPA president from 2012 to 2016. As President, Glenn placed a focus on promoting the sport of horseshoes in Wisconsin. He coordinated horseshoe pitching activities at the Horny Goat Brewery to promote horseshoe pitching and the WHPA.

In 2015, he started the “Each One-Reach One” program as a way to give incentives to current WHPA members to recruit new members by rewarding their efforts with the potential for cash prizes. This is a tool that continues to be used by the WHPA to gain new members. Glenn’s greatest concern about horseshoes today is our decline in membership, both on the state and national levels. However, he believes horseshoe pitching will survive because of its blend of simplicity, affordability, camaraderie, and competition.

Another one of Glenn’s life philosophies is to strive for excellence. If you are going to do anything, do it to the best of your abilities. His years as president allowed him to strive for excellence in many ways. He also has done this with his pitching performances that date back to those games he shared with his father as partners.

His proudest pitching accomplishment in the WHPA was when he finished runner-up to the late, great Ron Button in the Elder’s Division Championship Class in 2014. He experienced his proudest moment on the courts anywhere the next year when he won his class at the 2015 World Tournament in Topeka, Kansas. This was Glenn’s best pitching performance among his nine times at the World Tournament, as he won with a personal career high of 62.69% average.

Glenn’s road to the Hall of Fame started a long time ago at a very small level. The path became more certain as he continued to get involved and strived for his own excellence. Who knows. Any one of you could be on a similar path and be inducted into the Hall of Fame someday as well.

Glenn is truly honored to be an inductee into the Wisconsin Horseshoe Pitchers Association’s Hall of Fame on the 100th Anniversary of State Championships.

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