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WCF News: Devon County Show Farriery Competition

22nd - 24th May 2014

Devon County Show Farriery Competition

Never mind the weather – let’s forge ahead!

The Devon County Show farriery competition is always well supported and runs over the three days of the show. Sadly, this year, the show organisers were obliged to cancel the last day due to the adverse weather conditions – the first time in the show’s history. There’s a very sad feel to an abandoned showground; just a few service vehicles amongst the empty showing rings and marquees.

However, rain didn’t stop two events from carrying on. The third day of the sheep shearing competition got underway and so did the farriery; my word, what a busy forge – full of energy, enthusiasm and a determination to do well!

Billy Crothers drove down from Buckinghamshire to judge the event which was well organised by Kris Parsons, ably assisted by Andrew Bowyer. There were competitions for apprentices as well as qualified farriers and the photos will give you some idea of what a very busy and enjoyable day we all had. Past Master Reg Howe presented trophies and medals to the winning farriers.

 A very busy forge, on a very wet day!  

Gavin Golby collecting his 1st  prize for the Open Pony Shoeing from judge, Billy Crothers.


Past Master Reg Howe with George Rodgerson who came 1st in 3rd & 4th year apprentice gas forge shoe making.


Judge, Billy Crothers, presents a special trophy, sponsored by South West Farriery Supplies, to the competitor from the South West judged to have put in the best effort over the three days of the competition, Josh Cottam. 


Ben Casserley receiving the Championship Shield from Past Master Reg Howe for achieving the highest total points in Open Pony Shoeing, Vulcan Open Shoemaking, Open Roadster and Open Hunter.


The Tom McIntosh Perpetual Memorial Trophy was reinstated this year by his brother Rob. Here is Rob presenting the trophy to Matt Randles.


Past Master Reg Howe congratulates Andrew Bowyer's apprentice Samantha Chopes who had just heard that she passed the Company's Diploma examination!


The Company is grateful to Charlotte Pitman who has allowed us to publish her photographs of the event.