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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