Myerscough College apprentice farriers have enjoyed individual and team success at the annual BFBA International Farriery Competition.
The British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association’s annual event is held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, and sees teams and individuals from all over the world, including Sweden, Belgium, the USA, Canada and Ireland, compete to be crowned the BFBA International Champion.
It is the 40th year that the competition has been held at Stoneleigh Park, and the 11th year of the apprentice part of the event, with trophies awarded to the team and individuals who created the highest quality horseshoes.
Myerscough College’s Henri Allison clinched first place in the International Individual Apprentice Competition, while the England team were crowned champions of the International Apprentice Team Horseshoe Forging Competition and International Apprentice Team Horseshoe Forging Championship. 19-year-old Henri also represented the England team, alongside fellow Myerscough apprentices, 20-year-old Tom Pigford and 21-year-old Dominic Welch. They are all studying an Advanced Apprenticeship in Farriery with Myerscough College.
Hundreds of UK farriers and blacksmiths attended the annual Farriery Focus event which offered advice and training during a number of lectures and demonstrations. The event has been hosted at Stoneleigh Park every year and it is an extremely popular weekend which attracts professional farriers and blacksmiths from the UK and worldwide.
The competitions help to keep the quality and standard of horseshoeing high and the weekend is also a great opportunity for apprentices to compete and continue to develop their skills.
Congratulations to Henri, Dominic and Tom on their success in the competition.
by Dave Salmon