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Welcome -- News First (current as of 26 August 2015)

The "Hilfling Patriot2" and the "Hilfling Warrior" are NHPA licensed and now on sale. Check the Patriot2 and Warrior tabs above.

BONUS OFFER -- Any buyer of Hilfling Horseshoes past or present is eligible for a free electronic copy of "Horseshoe Pitching With Precision". Current buyers will receive a copy at the email address when purchase made. Former buyers are also eligible. Information provided on my blog at Horseshoes My Way.

"Horseshoe Pitching With Precision" continues to sell. The book has been printed as a spiral bound, 8-1/2" x 11" book of 91 pages. It is also available for a variety of eReaders. I have posted images of the front cover, table of contents, introduction, dedication and back cover in Part 45 of my blog. "The Search For My Perfect Swing Part 45". Skip over to Part 46 for an example of Amazons' Kindle eReader version. This brand new book, just published, is available through The Book Patch. Select the "Our Store" tab above for ordering information for the printed book. Select the "Books" tab above for more information about the contents and eReader availability.

The Hilfling Trident is out of production, but can be pitched at any sanctioned NHPA tournament.

The Hilfling Patriot2 is now on sale and selling for $47.50 plus $11.50 shipping. The Patriot2 is NHPA approved, and is part of the Tribute Series and honors all Vietnam Veterans.

The Hilfling Warrior is now on sale and selling for $47.50 plus $11.50 shipping. The Warrior is NHPA approved, and is part of the Tribute Series and honors all U.S. Marines.

The Coastie is currently at the foundry and awaiting prototype casting. The Coastie is part of the Tribute Series and honors all members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Welcome to the Hilfling Horseshoes home page.

This web site introduces a new concept in horseshoe design for the flip or turn. Let me give you a quick tour. First, the fidgety guy on the left is "Ringertime", the company mascot. He'll follow you as you browse. Enter his personal space and he'll show off the unique sound of a GrabIt ringer. Select him and he'll take you to the GrabIt room. The logo top left, is the company name and the reason for our existence. The image top right, is a graphic representing the typical flight of a horseshoe. The "Why?" is our history. "Our Store" is where you can buy our horseshoes and take advantage of a couple of discounts. A little sparse at the moment. There are dedicated pages for each of the family members. "Register" allows you to register your purchase to begin the warranty period. "Links" takes you to horseshoe related web sites. "Troubleshooting" discusses some grip and swing issues.


A Little Background

In late 2008, I was forced to move from 40 feet to 30 feet due to a knee problem. I had to change my release from turning to flipping. At the same time I was working on my technique and was telling my story on my blog Horseshoes My Way, "The Search for My Perfect Swing". My target audience was the beginner, elder, youth and women, generally the flip pitcher. I had started pitching in the fall of 2007 and by the end of 2009 had reached a 55.6% sanctioned ringer average. I was very happy with the progress, but, frustrated by the number of rejects caused by bounceback. I considered a bounceback as a perfectly thrown horseshoe that hits the stake squarely and bounces straight back. Thus, became the challenge -- how to eliminate bounceback?


The Challenge Accepted

I purchased a high speed camera and recorded impacts both turned and flipped. Square impact was the problem. I discuss the process in more detail under the "Why?". I designed four horseshoes to conform to the shape of the parabolic curve, calculated to direct each horseshoe to be caught by the stake. After completing the Viking, I videoed the results and the design was proven. I posted the video on YouTube and began receiving requests for purchase. I did the same with the GrabIt, also generating requests for purchase. I decided to produce a pair of lighter GrabIt Lites to satisfy the need for a lighter shoe. Thus, the decision was made to go into production with the GrabIt and GrabIt Lite.


The Patriot2 and Warrior Recently Joined the Family (Now Taking Orders)

During 2011 I decided to create a Tribute Series of 6 shoes dedicated to the military services and the Vietnam Veteran. I designed all 6 horseshoes that consisted of the Trident (USN), Coastie (USCG), Ranger (USA), Aviator (USAF), Warrior (USMC) and Patriot (Vietnam Veteran). The Trident is out of production. The Patriot is the second to go into production as of March 30, 2014. The Patriot tab above describes the unique features of the Patriot. There are also tabs for the Patriot2 and Warrior (see above).


Thanks

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