Promotes Farriery Best Practice
ILPH Glenda Spooner Farm, Hoarwithy, near Hereford
first Glenda Spooner Farm Farriery Competition held on Saturday
27 July attracted more than 20 competitors.
With that many entries competition was stiff and Judge for the day,
Mr Mark Evans, Dip WCF, had a difficult job on his hands choosing
Ben Benson won the first class of the day, the Apprentice Shoe Making
Class. He has had a spectacular year that has included winning the
Royal Show National Champion Apprentice title. The Runner-up was
Clayton Lowe from the Welsh Borders.
The Live Shoeing class was of a similarly high standard. Competitors
had 60 minutes in which to fit two shoes (one front and one hind)
onto impeccably behaved ILPH horses. The eventual winner was British
Team Member Dave Smith from the Cotswolds. Elgin Harris from South
Wales was Runner-up.
The prize for the Best Dressed Foot was awarded to Nick Sumner who
lectures at the Hereford Farriery School.
The competition was organised by the Glenda Spooner Farm Farrier,
Rodway Heathfield with help from his wife, Sarah, who kindly agreed
to take on the role of
entry secretary. Rodway, a member of the Hereford Farriers Club,
was delighted with how the day went. "I think the day was a
great success for all concerned. Our intention was to encourage
as many farriers and apprentices as possible to come along, have
a go, and enjoy the day. Not only did we succeed in this regard,
we also had a very high standard of competition in both classes.
I was especially pleased to see a high number of entries from fellow
members of the Hereford Farriers Club," he says.
Chief Steward was Mr Ron Gwilliam RSS and ILPH Vice-President, Mrs.
Vivien McIrvine, kindly presented the prizes.
The ILPH would also like to acknowledge the generosity of their
sponsors, without whom the competition would not have been possible.Three
Counties Equine Hospital (Kearns and Rea) for the prize money, Mr
C Swann for providing the gas forges, Breakaway Horseshoes, Handmade
Shoes UK, Mr Jim Blurton and Mr B Webber for the steel for the shoes.
It is hoped that another Farriery Competition will be held at ILPH
Glenda Spooner Farm next year.
ILPH Belwade Farm, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire
The 4th ILPH Belwade Farm shoe making competition took place on
their annual Open Day on Sunday 21st July.
All classes were well supported by farriers from all over Scotland.
The Judge Jim Balfour AWCF, had his hands full sorting out the placings.
Senior Class for qualified farriers involved making a graduated
front shoe and a wide web front shoe. Winner and the 'Woodside Vet
Group Trophy' went to Stewart
Armstrong from Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire.
The Junior Class for apprentices involved making a plain stamp front
and concave front shoe. The winner was Alex Sharman from Dundee.
Senior Eagle Eye Class, which involved making up a concave straight
bar shoe, went to Donald Nicol from Aberdeen. The Junior Eagle Eye
Class, which involved making up a concave front shoe went to Alex
Sharman from Dundee who received the Shehallien Trophy for his efforts.
In 2003 the competition will be run over two days at the Echt Show,
Aberdeenshire, in July when Senior and Junior overall Trophies will
be awarded as well.
Unveiling - new forge at Belwade
Tuesday 27th August HRH The Princess Royal visited Belwade to
open their new purpose built forge, to meet staff and present
a long service award to Alex Cowe, Belwade Maintenance Engineer.
Comments David Mountford, ILPH Director of Operations, "At
the ILPH we like to encourage best practice so we are very pleased
to be able to hold shoeing
competitions at our Centres when we can. We hope that when possible
farriers in Scotland will take advantage of our new forge at
Belwade Farm where they are
welcome to hold training days and workshops."