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The ‘InTernATIonAlS’ Are only WeekS AWAy . . . BuT FIrST ThIngS FIrST, FArrIery TrAInIng neeDS your InpuT

ISSN No. 0955 5293

Official Magazine of BFBA Published on behalf of the Association by NEWMANN MEDIA LTD

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British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association

President: Chris linssner, AWCF, 7 longstock Close, Andover, Hampshire sP10 3un. 01264 355835.

Vice-President: Kevin Willard, FWCF, the Forge, 20 the landway, Quarry Hill road, sevenoaks, Kent, tn15 8rg, telephone 07770 597669, email:

Executive Committee members: Cliff Barnes, AWCF, taunton Cottage, ragged Appleshaw, nr Andover, Hants sP11 9Hr. 07850 971299. gary Burton, dipWCF, Amber green Cottage, Boughton monchelsea, maidstone, Kent me17 4JP. Craig d’Arcy, 42 Haslingden old road, Blackburn, lancashire BB1 2dy. 01254 697050. Huw dyer, AWCF, the Forge, londonderry, northallerton, n. yorks dl7 9le. 01677 422587.

Head Office Amanda Hill, national secretary the Forge, Avenue B, 10th street, nAC, stoneleigh, Warwickshire Cv8 2lg tel: 024 7669 6595 Fax 024 7669 6708 e-mail:


Worshipful Company of Farriers Clerk: mrs Charlotte Clifford, 19 Queen street, Chipperfield, Herts Wd4 9Bt.

Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths

Clerk: martin Heath, 9 little trinity lane, london eC4v 2Ad.

Farriers Registration Council Representatives mr Peter Baker AWCF, 01672 540812, mr Kevin Willard, mr C. s. Craig, AFCl (southern Area) mr Huw dyer, AWCF, 01677 422587; mr P. t. gordon, dipWCF (northern Area) mr d. C. d'Arcy Bsc(Hons) AWCF email:, 01254 264177

Welfare Advice Reconciliation Service tel: 01822 870270 between 8.30am and 7.00 pm

Cover Picture Julia Cheney DipWCF strikes for Sarah Mary Brown AWCF


association news 02 president's address 02 16 22 24 26

Caption Competition

Thinking about approaching the AWCF? help is at hand with the BFBA AWCF course The International Team Championship Competition and Farrier Focus BFBA national Championship

111th BFBA Annual general Meeting

technical article 04

14 research in farriery. part 3 15

Best Shod horse Awards

A modern view on sidebone Case study

wcf/frc 12 presentation of Associateship, Diploma and registration Certificates 36

horse health 22 keeping up with the strongyles

blacksmith news 27 28

products 30

article 32

Spitfire heralds new sign in ewhurst green

Brinsbury blacksmithing students help legacy garden strike gold; Funded travelling fellowships for crafts and makers

news 30 handmade Shoes uk ltd Shoeing Competition 2015

Alpha graduated hind shoe The Imprint Journey. part 2 search for us at - British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association Forge | August 2015 1 Check out the August

Caption Competition on Page 2!

Gill Harris

The future of farriery training has kept past-president Clifford Barnes and his committee busy and now they seek your opinion. A questionnaire is being circulated online and within the FrC Bulletin. please help benefit future farriers by completing it.

Despite the fact that it’s raining just now, it’s been a good summer so far with perfect weather for many of the shows, albeit a bit warm if you’re competing in shoemaking competitions. one of the first jobs for BFBA president, Chris linssner, was to present the BFBA national Championship at the royal highland Show, edinburgh in June. Anyone who enters a competition does so to try to win, and so it was with the national Championship – but there was genuine delight all round when Ben Cassserley was announced as this year’s champion.

The next big competition, so far as BFBA is concerned, is the International Team Championships which will be held over the last weekend in September, alongside Farrier Focus. Why not come along? geographically the location is central, there’s lots of free parking at Stoneleigh park, and the leading farriery companies will be there alongside food and a bar! The Focus day will present demonstrations and talks, and there will be fascinating display of shoemaking by the international competitors. There will also be plenty of farriers to chew the fat with. What’s not to like?

If you’re thinking about doing the AWCF, turn to page 16 for a piece on this year’s BFBA course, which has been designed by Mark Watson AWCF. A technical article on sidebone by Jason Somerville AWCF makes interesting reading, alongside part 2 of the poynton story. royal Veterinary College farrier pete Day DipWCF has written part 3 of the series encouraging farriers to embark on a piece of research; he also shares a case of a horse that benefited from his own research involving heel supports. A report of BFBA’s AgM in May can be found on page 26, and the farriery family welcomes its new graduates on page 12. If you have something to share with your fellow farriers, Forge is a great place to do it and we look forward to hearing from you.


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