The Farriers’ Company is a fellowship of men and women who have the Freedom of the Company and of the City of London, and so are by definition, Citizens of the City of London, regardless of where they live.
Membership of the Company
The Worshipful Company of Farriers is proud of its varied membership which consists of craft farriers, veterinary surgeons and an amalgam of individuals committed to the welfare of the horse, farriery and the City of London.
New members must be proposed by Liverymen and supported by a member of the Court, and the Clerk can assist with introductions where necessary.
Ladies have been admitted to the Livery since 1975, although the first reference to a lady being admitted to the Freedom was in 1762. The Company is proud to be the Mother Company of HRH The Princess Royal, who was Master in 1984-85. There is an increasing number of female Farriers in the UK which the Company reflects in its membership.
The Company is known to be one of the friendliest and most welcoming in the City. It is especially proud to retain and promote its fundamental association with its craft of origin.
The total number of Liverymen is fixed by the Company’s Ordinances at 375. Of these, approximately 30% are farriers, 10% are veterinary surgeons and the remainder come from all walks of life.
This is a category of membership which is limited to the Freedom of the Company. It offers many of the benefits of association with the Company without the same commitments of being a full Liveryman.
Liverymen may be invited to join the Court, the governing body of the Company, and so may eventually become Master. The Court consists of the Master, three Wardens, a Treasurer, Past Masters and Assistants, and is served by the Clerk, Craft Secretary & Registrar, Chaplain, and Beadle.
Liverymen gather at least four times a year for social functions in London, held at various Livery Company Halls in the City because the Farriers do not have their own Hall. This is considered to be an advantage because we are able to visit many of the other Company Halls, all of which are fascinating, historical buildings at the heart of City life. In addition, the Company is proud to hold its annual Livery Banquet at the Mansion House by invitation of the Lord Mayor.
The Livery Committee arranges a programme of less formal social and sporting activities during the year. In common with other Companies, Liverymen are involved in the election of the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs.