Myerscough College’s farriers received a visit last week from five-time World Champion Blacksmith, Steve Beane.
Steve is known internationally as one of the best in the industry and regularly visits Myerscough, to give the College’s farriery apprentices his expert advice and a demonstration, as part of a pre-diploma clinic.
Steve won the world blacksmith title for four consecutive years between 2009 & 2012, before claiming the crown for a fifth time in 2014.
Steven Beane said: ‘’It’s a fantastic learning experience for the students, they examine me and then get to do a mock practical and oral exam.
‘’I sit the exam with the students marking me, under the watchful eye of Paul Conroy (Myerscough tutor). Then they all have a mock exam which I assess. Thank you to Myerscough and all the team for organising the clinic. Thank you to my personal sponsor Heller and Mustad Hoofcare for theircontinued support.
‘’It’s tough after four years for their futures to hang on one exam but they’ll be more ready now for the task they face.’’
Steve Beane’s visit shows the great contacts within the industry that Myerscough College has and it’s a great experience for the group to meet somebody so well regarded within it. Industry visits by such professionals add to the high quality of course provision offered by Myerscough and inspires the learners even further.
by Dave Salmon