The Worshipful
Company of Farriers

Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356


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’!

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.

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.