By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
ST. GEORGE – It was a moment three generations in the making, and the induction of the late Dennis Ohms of Cedar City into the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame was as special as a 90 percent ringer game.
Ohms, who passed away in 2015, was one of four people given the honor last Sunday as part of the World Horseshoe Pitching Championship being held at the Dixie Center through July 29.
With a mix of 10 family members and friends reading their tributes ofthe man who was instrumental in promoting the game for all of Southern Utah, Dennis Ohms was remembered by everyone from his son, Seth, to Utah Summer Games horseshoe tournament director Bruce Barclay.
Dennis Ohms started in horseshoes at the age of 8. When he won his first tournament, he declined the award of a pair of horseshoes in favor of a baseball that he kept throughout his life.
Ohms was instrumental in promoting the game of horseshoes not just in Southern Utah, but around the world. He organized a committee to put together a bid to bring the World Horseshoe Pitching Championship to St. George in 2004, and finally won the honor for the Dixie Center to host the tournament in 2013.
To top that, Ohms was able to achieve another goal of winning the bid to bring the tournament back to St. George within five years, completing the task before he passed away. Seth Ohms, who helps as co-director of the USG horseshoes tournament with Barclay, closed the presentation with one more story of how the youth who took top honors in the 2016 World Championship tournament received a baseball, just like Dennis Ohms did back in the days of his youth.
Ohms formed the Southern Utah Horseshoe Pitchers Association in 1983 and was elected president every year until his passing two years ago. Seth Ohms closed the presentation of his father – who was the second generation to be inducted after Ray Ohms in 1992 – with the perfect description.
“He’s playing in the big horseshoe tournament in the sky,” Seth said as he wiped away a tear.