Eugene "Gene" (Corky) Loyd started pitching horseshoes in 1989 when he was 65 years old. He was a member of the Independence Horseshoe Club for 10 years
while he was a resident of Raytown, MO.
He later moved to Clinton, MO where he had a vision to build horseshoe courts at the Artesian Park. Gene went door to door to collect donations. In 2007 he was able
to build two courts in the park. In anticipation of starting a horseshoe club, he managed to get four more courts built with the cooperation of the Clinton Parks Department and other dedicated horseshoe pitchers. Gene not only oversaw the construction on the courts, but also the landscaping, fencing and concrete work.
In 2009 the courts were officially sanctioned by the MOHPA as the Golden Valley Horseshoe Club.
He was a hard worker for the sport of horseshoes. After building the courts in Clinton he could be seen on a weekly basis working at the courts up until his last couple of years of his life. Gene was a man who never gave up on his dream!
Gene was 94 at the time of his death in 2019.