Worshipful Company of Farriers
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The Worshipful Company of Farriers
Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356

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The membership of the Worshipful Company of Farriers consists of craft farriers, veterinary surgeons and an amalgam of persons committed to the welfare of the Horse, the continuing of the craft and contributing to the success of the City of London. Founded in 1605, the Worshipful Company of Farriers is number 55 on the register of the City of London Livery Companies.
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The Master 2018-2019, David Buckton


David Buckton A long time ago a skilled craftsman carved into the west door of the parish church – the parish where I was christened – an image of a two farriery tools and a couple of horseshoes. Many years later, in 1835, my great great great uncle George was installed as Master of the Merchant Taylors’ Company – 183 years after that, I find myself in the privileged position of being Master of this wonderful Company.

My chosen career provided great opportunities to meet and make many friends across the horse world, in the veterinary profession and welfare organisations. I am now a trustee of the Redwings Horse Sanctuary and in 2009 had a fun-filled adventure helping to raise funds for the BHS on a Challenge Ride in Rajasthan.

Many insurance claims for veterinary treatment, often including fees for remedial farriery came across my desk. It was therefore a great pleasure to be presented at my installation with a heart bar shoe skilfully made by Bob Rush. This shoe will remain with me as a constant reminder that at the centre of this Company’s purpose lies the welfare of the horse.

Our Company and the Craft have seen many changes. In particular, revisions in the Farriers Registration Act and more recently the new trailblazers apprenticeship standards. Trying to bring understanding to civil servants on how to encompass a four-year apprenticeship of a profession that has been going for hundreds of years has been no easy task. I am very pleased to pay tribute to my predecessor, Neill O’Connor, for his close observation, leadership and quiet tact in guiding the Company forward.

David Buckton

What of the future? My plans can be summarised as ‘the Three Fs’.

To focus on the Company in its activities as part of the City Livery, in particular the Pan Livery initiative and the Joint Equestrian Charities Reception being organised by the Saddlers and Loriners Companies. More about those later.

To ensure that in the future the Company retains its position as provider of the qualification required for registration with the Farriers Registration Council. In addition, I am planning to invite early next year, senior representatives from other leading equestrian organisations to a roundtable discussion on the future of equestrianism in all its facets and how farriery will fit into that.

Thirdly, I hope we shall all have some fun. I very much look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at Company and Livery Committee events. I shall do my best to represent the Company at City events and throughout the country. So that’s the three Fs – Focus, Future and Fun!

Like many new Masters, I approach the Mastership with some trepidation, but know with the invaluable assistance of the Court, the Clerk, the Beadle, the Registrars and all the Committees, we shall have a good year.

The one person whose support I could not possibly do without is of course my wife, Deb.

David Buckton became Master of the Company at Vintners Hall on 26 September, he is pictured above holding the heart bar shoe made for him. (Photography courtesy of Gerald Sharp Photography (https://sharpphoto.co.uk))