Paralyzed man competes in world horseshoe tournament

Paralyzed man competes in world horseshoe tournament

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A tradition starting in 1909 is getting even stronger.

That tradition brings thousands of dollars in awards and millions in economic impact for the cities the participants stay in. Thousands of horseshoe's best players sign up every year.

One of them stands out from the rest.

Dennis Reid is unlike anybody you watch because he's paralyzed from the waist down.

"I had my accident in about 86,' ATV accident," he said while emotionally looking down.

That tragic night in 1986 paused Reid's career in horseshoe tournaments, one that's been competitive since he was 18 years old.

"It's been tough. I was going to tournaments maybe twice a month every weekend," he said.

After a brief hiatus, he decided the game was left alone for too long and he chose to get back up.

"It actually gives me a reason to get up It motivates me to get out there and want to compete with the best," Reid said.

"He's an amazing horseshoe pitcher," said David Sidles, tournament director and treasurer of the National Horseshoes Pitching Association. "He has a motorized chair that he rides in up to the foul line and he actually leans off the side of it and pitches his horseshoes and then he backs it up. His opponent will pitch and he'll go down to the other end and picks his shoes up with a little hook, which most of the old guys use anyway, so he's no different in that regard."

A 65 percent ringer, horseshoes is everything to Reid.

"It means a lot," he said. "It's something to look forward to every weekend, to pitch and meet guys and try to get better."

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