The NSMSG horseshoes competition consists of male and female singles and doubles competition in the age categories listed in the NSMSG technical package. The event will take place near the Entertainment Stage.


We’koqma’q Entertainment Grounds

We'koqma'q, NS

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Bantam Ages 13-15
Midget Ages 16-18
Senior Ages 19-34
Master Ages 35+

Number of Athletes

Each Community may enter a maximum of 20 players per age category per male and female teams for single play and a maximum of ten (10) teams of two for doubles.

Number of Coaches

Each Community may accredit (1) manager per female and male teams. The staff composition will have a minimum of one (1) male staff and one (1) female staff for male and female teams respectively.

General Rules

The rules of the Horseshoe Canada Association will apply unless otherwise stated in the Technical Package. This information can also be found on the HCA website at

Competition Format

The competition format will be determined by the number of entries per age category. The host society will make every effort to maximize the number of games each team receives.


All officials, including referees, will be designated and approved by the Host Community.

Field of Play/Equipment Requirements

All equipment will be provided by the host community.

Competition Rules

  1. Horseshoes will be divisional by age, with open competition in Singles & Doubles competitions.
  2. Tournament format may vary but singles & doubles will be guaranteed at least 2 games.
  3. The court will have a distance of 40’ between stakes for men and a distance of 30’ for women and youth.
  4. The stakes will be set in a 3’ by 4’ frame or box.
  5. Scoring: a)3 pts. – ringer   b)1 pts. – leaner
  6. If a shoe hits the box, it is disqualified.
  7. Players may use their own horseshoes, provided they are official weight and size and approved for competition by the Horseshoe Canada Association. Shoes must weigh between 2 lbs. 2 oz. and 2 lbs. 10 oz.
  8. The individual or team who reaches a total of 25 pts first will be declared the winner.
  9. In the event of a tie after 40 shoes have been thrown, 2 additional shoes will be thrown by each single or team to decide a winner.
  10. No substitutions will be allowed.
  11. Each court will have a judge and a scorekeeper.
  12. All decisions by the judge are final.
  13. If you argue with an official or other players you will be disqualified.

Horsehoes Coordinator

Junie Sylliboy
Phone: 902-565-6937