Sara Vanderpol Shares Experience from the 37th International Horseshoeing Championships

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Guest Blog from Sara Vanderpol

L-R: Travis Buck, Dan Corkery, Sara Vanderpol, Randy Brassard, and Johnny Edwards.

L-R: Travis Buck, Dan Corkery, Sara Vanderpol, Randy Brassard, and Johnny Edwards.

Sara Vanderpol

Sara Vanderpol

Travis Buck, Dan Corkery, Sara Vanderpol, Randy Brassard and alternate Johnny Edwards arrived in Birmingham, England this past September for the 37th International Horse Shoeing Championships. We spent three days at Derek Gardner’s shop in the Lake District, where horses were brought in each day for practice runs. Before starting, Derek went over the feet with each team member. He also checked our trims, fits and final jobs – using the same format as Stoneleigh. Derek strives for clean lines and a balanced trim/shoe and our specimen shoes were fine-tuned by the time we left. Derek’s attention to detail is impeccable.

Competing at the 37th International Horse Shoeing Championships was exhilarating. It was the completion of a summer that was, at least for me, chaotic and challenging. The team is a big commitment – you work harder in order to not let your team mates or country down.

The four of us split into partners to complete the pairs classes. The forge consists of 8 stations and the horses face away from us in the cross ties. We competed in good company between our neighbors, Scotland and Ireland. The forge was so crowded that tools were occasionally used during the contest by opposing teams! On day one we competed in the long shoeing class – 120 minutes. Johnny completed his individual class whilst the shoeing rounds went. Shortly after they were over, the team headed outside to the propane station and completed the gas forging class; a shoe from each team mate to be completed in 90 minutes. The second day’s shoeing class was over quickly- it was a 90 minute plain stamp shoeing. The banquet was held that same evening, where we enjoyed a good meal and a chance to reflect on the happenings of the week. In the end, we earned two fourth places and seventh overall; a result we were happy with.

Thank you to Farrier Product Distribution for their support of the Canadian Farrier’s Team!

L-R: Travis Buck, Randy Brassard, Sara Vanderpol, Johnny Edwards, and Dan Corkery.

L-R: Travis Buck, Randy Brassard, Sara Vanderpol, Johnny Edwards, and Dan Corkery.

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From Tennessee to Texas

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Guest Blog from Rob Logsdon of FPD

It’s that time of year, traveling throughout the Southeast and Midwest, attending Clinics and Contests. I started this recent trip by attending a clinic in Cumberland Furnace, Tennessee, hosted by Tennessee Farrier Supply and sponsored by FPD. When I left Tennessee, I headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the TPFA contest in nearby Denton, Texas. While in Texas, I was able to visit several FPD dealers, including both Texas Farrier Supply stores, located in Kennedale and Weatherford, and D&L Farm and Home in Aubrey, Texas.

Tennessee Farrier Supply Clinic

Conrad Trow, CJF making concave shoe

Conrad Trow, CJF making a concave shoe

A large crowd gathered for the Tennessee Farrier Supply clinic on Saturday, October 1. As always, Steve, Esther and the Edwards family provided excellent food for dinner on Friday night and lunch on Saturday (the homemade pies were delicious). The featured clinician was Conrad Trow, CJF. He arrived on Friday afternoon for a forging session with several farriers who arrived early for the Saturday clinic.

During the Saturday clinic, Conrad shod a carriage horse with Kerckhaert Classic Roller Fronts and Kerckhaert DF Hinds, using Liberty E-4 and E-4 Cu copper coated nails. He also drilled and tapped each shoe for traction studs in preparation for an upcoming competition at the Kentucky Horse Park. After the competition the studs can be removed from the shoe.

As Conrad explained his reasons for using his shoes of choice, farriers were able to see the differences between shoes such as the DF, DF Select and the Classic Roller. Farriers were pleased with what they had learned at the clinic and impressed with Conrad’s skill.

Thanks again to Steve and his family for hosting another great clinic.

Conrad Trow, CJF driving Liberty CU E-4 Nail

Conrad Trow, CJF driving Liberty CU E-4 Nail

 

 

Texas Farrier Supply Tuesday Forge Night

Texas Farrier Supply Forging Tuesday (Rob Logsdon of FPD)

Rob Logsdon of FPD tries his hand forging

While visiting with James Cox and Chuck Milne at the Texas Farrier Supply – Kennedale store – I met a group of farriers who were attending the TFS Tuesday “Hammer In” forging night.

Chuck was patient enough to give me some pointers while I used the forge; attempting to make a shoe out of bar stock. TFS was sponsoring a knife-making contest for the TPFA Contest and a few of the guys were at the store, putting the finishing touches on their knives.

TFS has done an excellent job of bringing farriers together on these Tuesday night gatherings around the forge. If you go to the TFS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/texasfarriersupply, you can see when their next Tuesday forging is scheduled. Be sure to stop by if you are in the area.

I certainly enjoyed my time and will be sure to stop back again.

TPFA Contest

The TPFA contest was held October 6-8 in Denton, Texas and hosted over 45 competitors. This is a tremendous turnout and thanks go to the Texas Association for putting on such a well-organized event. Mark Milster was the judge and stayed busy evaluating all the shoes. Thursday was a mini clinic session with Dusty Franklin, Travis Day and Mark Milster, each discussing various farrier topics including; Trim, Fit, Shoe Modification and the Glue-On process. Friday and Saturday were devoted to the competitors and live shoeing. I thoroughly enjoy attending this Texas contest every year and look forward to 2017.

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2016 Canadian Farriers Team Has Busy Summer

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L-R back row: Randy Brassard, Johnny Edwards, Travis Buck. L-R front row: Sara Vanderpol, Dan Corkery. Photo credit: Rachael Brassard.

L-R back row: Randy Brassard, Johnny Edwards, Travis Buck. L-R front row: Sara Vanderpol, Dan Corkery. Photo credit: Rachael Brassard.

Everyone at FPD has enjoyed following the progress of the 2016 Canadian Farriers Team this summer. Under the Kerckhaert/Liberty brands we are proud to participate as a sponsor of this talented group of farriers. Led by their team manager Sean Elliott, CJF, they have been busy with a full schedule of practices and competitions.

Dan Corkery welding a barshoe at a practice. Photo credit: Rachael Brassard.

Dan Corkery welding a barshoe at a practice. Photo credit: Rachael Brassard.

Sean reports on their success at the June competition, “Rumble in the Broncs,” where Dan Corkery received the award for the Best Shod Front in Journeyman class and Randy Brassard received the award for the Best Shod Hind in Tool & Fullered class.

He also notes they are currently conducting a fundraiser. Using an idea developed by Cadence Brassard and Sara Vanderpol, they are shaping horseshoe nails into hearts and hanging them on necklaces. Each necklace sells for $20.00. The first release sold out and the second release is in the works. If anyone is interested in purchasing a necklace they should contact Sean at thevillagesmithy.selliott@gmail.com or on Facebook (Sean Elliott). It is a great item that you can purchase for a great cause.

The team is currently practicing hard on the shoe list for Stoneleigh. Stay tuned for more outstanding work from this team of farriers.

 

 

Meet the 2016 Canadian Farriers Team

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Travis Buck

Learned the trade: Working with his father

Favorite Class: Draft Class

Years shoeing: 6

Inspired by: Travis is inspired by all open competitors that keep pushing the envelope, Craig Trnka and the WCB family.

 

 

 

DanCorkeryCJFDan Corkery, CJF

Learned the trade: Kentucky Horseshoeing School

Favorite Class: Speed Classes & Roadsters

Years shoeing: 6

Inspired by: Dan is inspired by people who are continually putting effort in to raising awareness and in further educating our trade. “I didn’t know farriers still existed, but when I was 18 years old, my hockey coach was a farrier and that peaked my curiosity.”

 

 

RandyBrassardRandy Brassard

Learned the trade: Seneca College and 4 year apprenticeship

Favorite Class: Shoeing a Foot

Years shoeing: 16

Inspired by: Randy is inspired by Rachael, his wife and Cady, his beautiful daughter. They are responsible for the inspiration to be the best I can be. “My first introduction to horseshoeing came from helping my father in the summer.”

 

 

SaraVanderpolCJFSara Vanderpol

Learned the trade: Lamar, Missouri

Favorite Class: Tool & Fullered at the Classic

Years shoeing: 5

Inspired by: Sara is inspired by pretty much every farrier she has worked with in all different ways. “The team has always been a career long goal. It’s been amazing realizing this goal in 2016 and I owe it all to the many farriers that have taught me along the way. We work in an awesome trade.”

 

 

Johnny-SmithCFJohnny Smith, CF

Learned the trade: Canadian Horseshoeing School

Favorite Class: Shoeing a Foot

Years shoeing: 10

Inspired by: Johnny is inspired by people such as Craig Trnka, Adam McQueen, Steward Bruce, among others shoeing-wise. He also draws on people who stand up against the odds, like Tom Paine, Ali and Ned Kelly. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

 

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Saratoga Summer

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Guest Blog by Rob Logsdon, FPD

Josh Johnson and I had the pleasure of visiting Butch Colbert at Green County Horseshoe Supply Inc. in Greenville, New York on our way to Saratoga Springs recently. Butch delivers farrier supplies to several farriers at Saratoga racecourse and carries a wide variety of FPD products for farriers of all disciplines. He gave us a tour of the store and we enjoyed seeing his collection of carriages.

Caughey Romero and Gavin Clarke

Caughey Romero and Gavin Clarke

We continued our trip with a visit to the Saratoga Raceway Harness Track and Saratoga Race Course, where we were fortunate enough to visit with many of the top Thoroughbred farriers including: Jim and JT Bayes, David Hinton, Caughey Romero, Bernie Walters and both Ray Amato, Sr. and Ray Amato, Jr. While in the barn area we were privileged to observe the guys at work. It’s a pleasure watching these professionals work on some of the top equine athletes. Their ability, speed and efficiency always amaze me.

The sights and sounds of the barn area at Saratoga are reminiscent of Keeneland racecourse. Both places are iconic in racing and the farriers really appreciate working at each place. We appreciated hanging with Caughey Romero and Gavin Clarke while they shod horses using Kerckhaert Tradition Hinds and Kerckhaert Kings and Legendary XT fronts. Caughey shod the winner of the weekend’s biggest race, the prestigious Jim Dandy Stakes, using the Kerckhaert Legendary XT fronts and Kerckhaert Tradition RT hinds. Saratoga racecourse has long been referred to as “the graveyard of favorites” and the Jim Dandy winner, 27-1 longshot Laoban, certainly did his part in maintaining that reputation. Congratulations to Caughey Romero, Gavin Clarke and to all the connections of Laoban.

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2016 ABANA Blacksmith Conference

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Blog by Dan Burke, FPD

When FPD was asked last year if we would sponsor a new farrier demo tent for the ABANA conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2016, we didn’t hesitate to say yes. We were excited to have the opportunity to help with their goal to bring farriers into the organization’s biennial conference and share their talents and perspectives. We are glad to report the event and the inclusion of the farrier demo tent were, by all accounts, a great success. The tent was a “hotbed” (literally) of activity, with featured demonstrators Dave Farley and Tom Willoughby on hand every day to share their talents along with a number of other farrier/blacksmiths who attended and were willing to do the same. Unfortunately, Roy Bloom, who was scheduled to participate, had some major flooding hit his area in Wisconsin and was unable to attend; however, he touched base daily to hear how things were going.

We were able to bring equipment from Kentucky for the demos, along with others that provided equipment and support: Roger Freeborn from Oregon, Travis Swenson from Utah and the Big Blu air hammer company from North Carolina, represented by Andy Phillips. Of course, the ABANA organizers and set-up staff were a huge help. Special thanks to Amy Pieh and Eddie Rainey for their support and encouragement.

It’s hard to know where to start with an accounting of all the activity so I’ll mention some of those that joined in during the week and let the images we have tell the rest of the story. Tom and Dave worked on a number of projects, including bowls made from plate steel and ornamental pieces forged from Kerckhaert horseshoes. Jim and Kathleen Poor from Flatland Forge in Texas forged a pair of tongs each day, showing the attendees how important and effective good teamwork can be. Jennifer Horn from Michigan forged some flowers from stock drawn on the Big Blu. Andy Phillips forged some leaves and other pieces on the Big Blu. Austin Edens from Texas made a pair of scissors from a rasp and Shayne Carter from Utah brought some amazing Damascus knives and shared some of the steps he goes through in the knife making process.

A very special “project” that took place in the tent was an evening where attendees were invited to join in making “Poppies” to help with the Ypres 2016 project. Visit www.ypres2016.com to get the details behind this effort.

There were farriers from all over the country that joined in this first outreach by ABANA. We are looking forward to stepping up again to support the 2018 ABANA conference to be held in Virginia. Joining with many of the farriers that attended this year, we can make it an even bigger and better presentation for the ABANA attendees. Congratulations for a job well done to all of those that participated this year.

Photos from 2016 ABANA Blacksmith Conference:

Tom Willoughby came up with the design for the bowl to make it “local” to the Utah setting. He chose a horseshoe, along with the Utah state bird and flower. Read the history behind the choices Utah made with the sea gull and sego lily at http://onlinelibrary.utah.gov/research/utah_symbols/bird.html and http://onlinelibrary.utah.gov/research/utah_symbols/flower.html. The finished bowl was donated to the ABANA auction and bought by Chuck Milne, owner of Texas Farrier Supply.

Tongs by Jim and Kathleen Poor

Scissors by Austin Edens

Knives by Shayne Carter

Ypres 2016 Poppies

Fun in the Farrier Tent

More photos from the 2016 ABANA Conference

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The Queen of the Turf

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Guest blog by Rob Logsdon, FPD

Recently, I was able to visit with Todd Boston at Churchill Downs, where Todd and his assistant, Kevin Howard were shoeing Tepin, Queen of the Turf, for trainer Mark Casse and owner Robert Masterson. Tepin defeated the boys in the 2015 Breeders Cup Turf Mile and has picked up this year where she left off; winning four graded stakes races and remaining undefeated so far in 2016.

Tepin will be racing in England at the Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes. Todd feels Tepin is one of the best horses he has ever shod, and considering he has shod some famous horses, among them; American Pharoah, Big Brown, Barbaro, and Curlin – and last year’s Kentucky Oaks winner Lovely Maria, that makes Tepin pretty special.

Todd fitted Tepin nicely with Kerckhaert shoes before she left for England to represent the USA. He also shaped an extra set of Kerckhaert shoes to send with Tepin for her trip. You know what they say, “A girl can never have too many shoes.”

Best of luck to the Queen of the Turf and congratulations to Todd Boston for his great craftsmanship!

 

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Meader’s 27th Annual Farrier’s Day

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Guest Blog by Josh Johnson of FPD

Recently, I attended Meader’s 27th annual Farrier’s Day Event; an event spread over three days and including a contest, blacksmith clinic and farrier clinic. Roy Bloom and Tom Willoughby were the AAPF sponsored clinicians for the event. On the first day of the event, the Southern New England Farrier’s Association held a shoeing competition with approximately 15 farriers participating and Roy and Tom as judges.

The following day, Roy and Tom held a blacksmith clinic in which they used a Big Blu power hammer demonstrating various techniques. They began the clinic by making one of Tom’s famous anvil vultures and then complimented the piece by making a tree. With the legendary banter and stories, the morning passed quickly. In the afternoon, everyone was able to see the completion of the tree and watch as these two extraordinarily talented men used a power hammer to make a bowl.

On the last day of the Meader event attendees enjoyed the annual clinic and special discounts on purchases. Vendors were set up in a tent near the main building and there was a steady flow of activity all day. The FPD booth saw a great deal of interest in the newLiberty hammers. The Kerckhaert DF shoe series was a very popular shoe for farriers in the area. Overall, it was an excellent turnout with positive feedback for the entire event.

A special thanks to everyone at Meader’s for all of their hard work in putting together this wonderful event and for their hospitality. Everyone always looks forward to this annual event.

 

 

 

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Just Jump In and Do It!

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From American Farrier’s Association – No Foot, No Horse Newsletter, March/April 2016 Issue
Author: Josh Tompkins, CJF
Reprinted by Permission

Hi, my name is Josh Tompkins, and I live in St. Petersburg, FL. I have been shoeing horses for about four years. Last year, Convention was in Overland Park, Kansas, and it was the first time I had ever attended. When I got there, I didn’t know what to expect, but I had a great time. I enjoyed learning from the competitors and lectures. I was amazed at how many competitors there were in one room and the abundance of talent under one roof. It was very exciting when the timer went off and all 70 hammers began striking a tool at one time. I told myself that next year, I will be competing.

This year I registered for the Convention, as well as the competition. I practiced just like any other competitor and had my good friend and boss, Robbie Hunziker, look at my practice shoes. He gave me advice as to what I could do to enhance my shoes. A year had passed since the last Convention, and the competition was about to start. All 70 hammers, including mine, were about to strike. I had a goal to make the top three. I thought that would be a good goal. It was such an honor and a privilege to be able to win the 2016 Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division.

Josh Tompkins, CJF (Right) as the 2016 Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division High Point Award Winner Pictured with Allen Horton, FPD sponsor

Josh Tompkins, CJF (Right) as the 2016 Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division High Point Award Winner Pictured with Allen Horton, FPD/Kerckhaert sponsor

I think the Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division is great for the competitor not quite ready for the Open, but who would still like to compete. It gives the young, or new competitor somewhere to start, but is still difficult. Having the AFA team open judge the Kerckhaert-Liberty Intermediate Division is really good for helping us understand what we could have done to place better. I would really encourage anyone thinking about competing to just jump in and do it. At the end of the day, the only person that you should really try to beat should be yourself while learning from your mistakes.

The lectures and live demos are extremely good and cover a wide variety of topics. It takes more than a lifetime to learn how to shoe horses, so any knowledge that we can learn or share is very important in this industry. The Convention is a great way to learn in many different aspects. This year, I watched a lot of live demos of shoeing horses and making shoes. I also watched Chad Chance, CJF lecture on business. It was very informative. I was unable to make the lecture Steve Sermersheim, CJF, TE, AWCF gave because I was competing, but I heard it was a tremendous presentation.

I’m thankful I had this opportunity to learn more and compete in a craft I thoroughly enjoy. Thank you for making these events possible.

 

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Springtime Travel in New Mexico

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Guest blog by Rob Logsdon, FPD

Recently, I had the pleasure of traveling to New Mexico to visit some of our FPD customers. It was a beautiful time of the year for the visit and I thought I would share some of the highlights of my trip.

With Albuquerque as my starting point, I had a thoroughly enjoyable drive to San Marcos Café & Feed, which is just south of Santa Fe. It’s a rare occasion when one can find excellent food – and shop for farm, feed and farrier supplies – all at the same location. After enjoying one of the best burritos I’ve ever eaten, I had the opportunity to meet with owners Mark and Cindy Holloway. In addition, I met and talked with local farriers who were interested in Liberty nails, Bellota rasps, Kerckhaert aluminum and steel Triumph horseshoes, along with the other Kerckhaert products available at San Marcos. I want to thank Mark and Cindy for their hospitality and I look forward to my next visit – and burrito!

From Santa Fe, I headed south to Landmark Mercantile and a visit with manager Madeline Isaaks. Landmark is located in an ideal location just off of I-10 in Mesquite, New Mexico. The store has a full range of animal care, feed, tack and farrier supplies. Madeline gave me a tour of the store, where I could see a well-stocked inventory of Kerckhaert SX-7, SX-8, Aluminum Triumph and Kerckhaert Tradition and Kings Race plates. It seems there is a brisk demand for the Kerckhaert brand in this area. On my way out the door, I couldn’t resist having a scoop of the Blue Belle ice cream they serve at Landmark. When you are in the area, be sure to drop in and pay them a visit. I am betting you will find just what you need; including some really good ice cream.

As a part of my trip, I had the pleasure of visiting Sunland Park for the first time; riding through the barn area with farrier Burr Vandewart. Burr is a loyal Kerckhaert farrier, primarily using the Tradition Hind and Kings front shoes. There has been excitement and interest in the Kerckhaert Legendary XT front shoe for over a year now and I was able to introduce the farriers to the new Legendary RT hind. Farrier Elias Guzman liked the Legendary RT Hind so much that he immediately nailed a pair on! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the people at Sunland Park and while there I was able to drive by the famous “Rosa’s Cantina” from the Marty Robbins song, “El Paso.” Sunland Park will definitely be on my list for a return visit.

 

It was blue skies and 72 degrees in Albuquerque on April 9 for the farrier clinic at Paul’s Veterinary Supply. The staff at Paul’s Vet did an amazing job of preparing for the clinic and providing a continental breakfast, refreshments and a fantastic lunch. Roy Bloom was the clinician and discussed tool maintenance and shoe modification. The first part of the clinic was dedicated to farrier tools and their use – and misuse. After lunch, Roy focused on shoe modification with everyone participating in a hands-on session; evaluating a beautiful Friesian horse. Using the 12 points of reference as a guide, Roy used a laser to show limb and conformation deviations. I had a nice visit with the large group of farriers who were in attendance. I want to thank the NMPHA, Andrew Varela and Chase Roybal, along with all who were in attendance, for helping Shannon and Paul organize the clinic. This was a very engaged group of farriers, who expressed a great deal of interest in the Kerckhaert Ranger shoes, Dura Plain shoes and the Liberty nails. I look forward to hosting another clinic in the “Land of Enchantment.”

My trip went all too quickly, but I enjoyed every moment of the amazing hospitality, the beautiful landscape and the support and loyalty the farriers and stores have for the Kerckhaert and FPD brands.

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Anvil Brand Clinic Provides Learning Experience for Farriers

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Guest blog by Allen Horton, FPD

Recently, I attended the annual winter clinic hosted by Anvil Brand in Lexington, Illinois. This year’s clinicians were Terry Stever and Tom Willoughby. Both of these men have extraordinary talent gained through years of experience – and knowledge they’ve learned through observation and careful selection of mentors.

Friday’s clinic featured Terry Stever from Sulphur, Oklahoma. Terry has shod horses for many years and is known in the Quarter Horse show world as a true professional. He puts his heart into everything he does and did an excellent job of explaining what he looks for and what he plans to achieve when shoeing horses. Going into detail about his methods for shoeing, he explained every step of his routine and gave explanations for why he does things in the manner he does. He shod a horse with Kerckhaert Triumph aluminum front shoes and applied a leather rim pad to the shoes. Terry cuts his pads on a band saw and is able to “nest” the shoes on the pad in a manner which allows him to cut two rim pads out of one leather pad. He was generous in sharing the tricks of the trade he has learned over the years with the farriers in attendance. The crowd payed close attention to Terry’s presentation and many of them stayed around during breaks to ask questions. Friday night Steve and Stuart Hoselton of Anvil Brand treated everyone who wanted to go to an all you can eat Walleye dinner at a local restaurant. Thanks guys, the food and drink were great and the company of farriers was wonderful!

Farrier Terry Stever shares details about his shoeing methods

Farrier Terry Stever shares details about his shoeing methods

Saturday’s clinic featured Farrier and blacksmith Tom Willoughby of Crowne Point, Indiana. Tom kept the crowd entertained while demonstrating his process for braiding stainless wire to make a piece which can be turned into a bracelet, belt buckle, or other item one may choose. He also made a rare “shop rattler” with some striking help from Matt Lybeck and Josh Ramsey. Tom has been very busy with his blacksmithing lately and has gained international attention for his creations. While he is a very talented blacksmith, he may have missed his calling as a stand-up comic. His stories kept everyone entertained and we all learned something from his demonstration.

I always find so much educational value in clinics and I’m sure the farriers do, as well. We all appreciate the work and effort that goes into hosting these events and I want to thank Anvil Brand again for a great clinic.

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