About Us


The Three Originals (1978) and Tom Corner who joined in 1980

Sign is at the entrance to our courts, at Centennial Park

Harry Collins Co- Founder, Elwood Pembleton, John Loder, Tom Corner

In 1977 after a large contingent from Brampton traveling to Georgetown each week, for two years, where they made up the majority of the 44 member club.  Elwood Pembleton and Bert Large met with Town officials in the fall of 1977 and convinced them to provide the land at Centennial Park. Work began in the spring of 1978 to construct 6 courts, and were ready to be begin the 1978 season, with 35 players and 8 teams, and was named the Brampton Horseshoe Club. Later to be changed to the Brampton Men’s Horseshoe Club.

The club was formed to provide a place, to develop and promote the game of horseshoes and provide an alternative affordable sport for the citizens of Brampton.

 There were 35 members signed up and ready to play. Elections were held that spring and Gary Pembleton became the first PresidentElwood Pembleton Vice-president, Joe Weiler Secretary/Treasurer. The Executive committee consisted of  Bert Large, John Loder, Joe Parker and Ken Pembleton.

 The next step was to draw up a constitution, our executive, together with City official Don Doan, drew up our first constitution and rules of play and named it the Brampton Horseshoe Club ( later changed to the Brampton Men’s Horseshoe Club).

To view 35 years of History of our Club, please visit our History page.

There are 2 volumes of club history dating back from 1978 to 2012 which celebrates 35 years of Pitching, Tournaments, Awards, Statistics, Photographs, Banquets and fun times.

Further History can be found in our Annual Yearbooks from 2002 to 2019

1978 The Originals

Bob Ackroyd Terry Dorou Don Lagerquist Joe Parker   Wayne Scobie Joe Weiler
Bill Collier Joe Gaudet Bert Large Doug Pembleton   Wayne Shand Don Wenn
Barry Collins Bill Guthrie Paul Kavanagh Elwood Pembleton Bruce Thompson Russell Westerby
Harry Collins Gord Hammond Leo LeClair Gary Pembleton Vic Tomlinson Dennis Wright
Jeff Cunningham Gary Higgins John Loder Ken Pembleton Ted Watson Ron Young
Ernie Dewesbury Bill Jobson Ron Meyers Fred Power Larry Weatherall  






Harry Collins and John Loder will play their 44th season come May of 2021

BMHC is one of Ontario’s largest horseshoe clubs with over 130 full time members.Teams consist of 4 players. We currently have 12 courts which allows us to accommodate 24 teams per night. This gives us 96 full time pitchers playing on Tuesday nights, which we divide equally across 4 division (A, B, C & D). In 2013 we added another division of 6 teams playing on Thursday night. Annual membership registration takes place early in April and teams are formed within the next two weeks.

Spare Players:

Throughout the year we carry additional spare players that float from team to team within their division, filling in for missing players.

With 130 players from all walks of life and age groups. Its not uncommon to have players absent.

Our spares are a very important part of the club.

Not only do they fill a gap and help keep the pace of the matches even, a spare player’s full score is used in determining the outcome of the matches.

Typically our spares are players that join partway through the year, or cannot make a full time commitment, or just want to try the club out.

We’re proud to say that most people who try out the club pursue full time membership the following year.

We have had members who for various reasons left the club, but have returned after being away for many years, some go back 20 years or more.