The Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter, and Commodore Richard Bridges, Royal Navy, the Chairman of the Farriers Registration Council, presided at a Presentation Ceremony at The Honourable Artillery Company, London on Thursday 28th February 2013.
The Master addressed the assembly and presented the Company’s Associateship to twelve recipients, including two Army Farriers who had become Military Training Farriers, and two from the United States of America.
The Varnam Tropy for the best practical in the previous year was awarded to Mr Alwyn McKeown AWCF.
The Master then presented the Diploma to forty-six candidates, seven of whom achieved Distinctions and received cheques for £50 each.
The David Llewellyn Prize for the best written paper went to Mr Michael Hylands DipWCF, and the Mike Seckington Prize for the best practical shoeing went to Mr Arnie Pamment DipWCF.
Mr Chris Nixon, the acting chairman of the National Farriery Training Agency Management Board, awarded the prize for the best portfolios, together with a shield to Warwick College for the best overall portfolio.
The examinations for the Company’s Diploma took place in November at Herefordshire College of Technology, Warwickshire College, and Myerscough College.
The Chairman of the Farriers Registration Council also addressed the assembly.
For the first time at the Diploma Presenation Ceremonies, the newly qualified farriers made a declaration to work professionally to improve the welfare of the horse.
Representatives from the Court of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, the Farriers Registration Council, the National Farriers Training Agency, the National Association of Farriers, Blacksmiths and Agricultural Engineers, the colleges, and the Company’s Examinations Board were also present.
A Church Service, led by the Reverend Canon Dr Flora Winfield, The Company Chaplain, was held at Wesley’s Chapel immediately prior to the Presentation Ceremony. The recipients were supported by their Approved Training Farriers, together with their families and friends.
Altogether, some 250 persons attended the event.
Apart from the photograph of the Declaration, which is courtesy of Gill Harris Editor of the Forge Magazine, all the photographs are all courtesy of Gerald Sharp Photography. The full set can be viewed at http://www.sharpphoto.co.uk/. Click on 'Galleries' then 'Livery Company', and then 'Farriers Company Presentations' for the correct date. For those looking for ideas for Chrismas or Birthday presents or cards for special occasions, there are excellent photographs of all WCF events on the Sharpphoto web site.