One of Arizona’s biggest winter storms interfered with the third annual Darice Enos Memorial Horseshoe Tournament, but that couldn’t stop the festivities.
Robin Enos, wife of the late Darice Enos, in whose memory the tournament is played, said, “Every year during the tournament it rains, and with rain you cannot play horseshoes.” So the tournament was postponed until February 6, which turned out to be a perfect cool-weather day.
More than 18 teams participated in the tournament this year. First-place winners Brian Hayes and Fernando Romero won well over $400, and Julio Morales and Martin Vitel placed second. A female team, Kami Urias and Krystal Rivers, was awarded a small amount of cash for participating. A big feast was served during intermission.
“I’m not exactly sure [the female team] received their prize money; they had already left the tournament, and their husbands said they would get the cash to them. But their husbands didn’t sound very convincing,” joked Kent Andrews, a lifelong friend of Darice Enos.
The annual tournament is a way for Darice Enos’ family and friends to come together to celebrate his life. Horseshoes was one of his favorite activities. Robin Enos said she remembers Darice and his friends playing well into the night, thanks to the floodlights installed around the outside of the house.
Each year people come from different tribal communities to participate in this event. Andrews said people came from the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and Guadalupe. Spending time with family and friends is something Robin Enos cherishes. “This fun-filled family event will continue as long as people want to come,” she said.