Our clay is widely used to create regulation Horse Shoe Pitching and Quoits Pits. This horse shoe pit clay is found to have the desired consistency and is easy to maintain.
This horse shoe pit clay ships to you in a "super sack" which is a giant woven nylon bags. Each bag of horseshoe pit clay is on a pallet and ships via freight.
Regional trucking is available.
call to arrange pick up.
The horseshoe pit clay weighs approximately 2500 lbs per yard so if you want to pick up, you will need a large dump truck, a regular pickup truck will not really suffice. There is a two yard minimum for us to load you..
Making a Regulation Horse Shoe Pitching Pit:
Horseshoe pit dimensions as specified by the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association:
"The "Pitchers Box" has fixed 72"x72" dimensions. Within the box, space
is divided into three major areas...two pitching platforms and the
"pit". The maximum horseshoe "pit" dimensions are 36"x72" and the remaining space is divided into two equal sized pitching platforms, one on each side of the pit. Over time, rule changes allowed "pit" dimensions to be reduced
to as little as 31"x43" (probably to minimize the amount of pit fill
material to maintain). Pit width reduction simply allowed pitching
platform widths to increase accordingly. Pit length reduction created
"unused" space within the box, in front of and/or behind the pit. Those
"unused" spaces are addressed in Rule 1, Section A-2-a, "If the pit is
less than the maximum dimensions, the extra space shall be filled with
the same material of which the platforms are made or some other
material different than the pit substance, and shall be level with the
pit and platforms." (Allowances are made in Rule 1, Section C, for
temporary and/or raised courts.)"
Your horseshoe pits which will be filled with clay need to be between 43" to 72" length and 31" to 36" in width per Rule 1-A-2-a. The pits should be dug out 4" to 6" deep. Add some
clay, compact and then add more clay. Moisture will have be adjusted
according to your local conditions. Turn over the top couple of inches
of the clay with a shovel periodically to restore surface.
Loading is seasonal. Please call in advance.
The Sheffield Clay deposit is located in Sheffield, Massachusetts, on U.S. Route 7 in the
Southwest corner of Berkshire County. It is situated in the Housatonic River Valley, 60
miles southeast of Albany, New York and 60 miles northwest of Hartford, Connecticut. The
deposit is approximately 300 feet deep and is located on a 16 acre site. The raw
clay is a pure clay, with no stones, sticks or other contaminants.