The Worshipful
Company of Farriers

Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356

Wardens


Upper Warden, John Wilsher

I am the grandson of a Sergeant Farrier of The Suffolk Yeomanry WW1, who also owned his own Forge in Grantchester, Cambridge.  I have spent my working life in the Motor Industry and have a small country garage, dealing with ‘horseless carriages’!
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Middle Warden, Mike Knapton

I joined the Company as a Liveryman in 1999 supported by Past Masters David Short and Tom Barker, during the Mastership of Mac Head.  I have spent my whole working life as a doctor, largely working as a GP in and around Cambridge. More recently I have been fortunate to work as an Associate Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation and I am a non-executive director at Addebrookes Cambridge.  I am a keen if average player of the piano and enjoy all things musical.
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Renter Warden, Mark Houghton

Now retired, my career in the Army included two tours at The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, latterly as the Commanding Officer, and a number of senior policy posts at the Ministry of Defence.  I had the good fortune to be asked to help deliver the Three Day Eventing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games as a Technical Official and remain a national and international steward. A Liveryman since 1995, I served for five years on the Farriers Registration Council, including as Head of the Accreditation Panel.  As a family we have always been hunting enthusiasts and home is in Belvoir country.
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