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2013 World Horseshoeing Classic

 

Over the weekend of February 22-24, the World Championship Blacksmiths (WCB) organization again held their World Horseshoeing Classic at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, Kentucky.  This year there were 15 teams with 4 farriers per team competing for the first place prize. They included 11 teams from the US and 4 international teams competing. 

 

The contest lasted three days with different types of shoeing required each day.  There were three separate 2 hour and 30 minute heats per day with 5 teams competing in each heat until all 15 teams had competed their competition for that day.  The process was for each team member to identify to the judges which of the horse's hoofs was to be their responsibility.  They are provided with flat steel bar stock and each member of the team had to trim the hoof, build a horseshoe to fit their assigned hoof, and finally, fit and nail the shoe onto the hoof.  The horses to be shod were locally provided and randomly assigned to each team. 

 

The event was judged using a 3 judge system and the judges scored the progress at several predetermined points along the way. There was the constant sound of loud rock music along with the clanging and banging of hammers and the smell of buring hoof material.  With a large number of contestants and visitors looking on, there was a constant frenzy of movement by the competitors as they scrambled to get their assigned horse shod in the allotted time.  That frenzy of activity really increased during the last 30 minutes of each heat as WCB CEO, Craig Trnka was on the PA system constantly reminding the competitors of the amount of time they have remaining to complete their task.  Craig is a natural entertainer and a great spokesman for the organization and the event.  Congratulations to Team U.K. on their 2nd first place finish in the last 3 years!  

 

  

Click the links below to see photos from this event!

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Slideshows *

Friday 1 of 2(Roadster Shoeing)

Friday 1 of 2 (Roadster Shoeing)

Friday 2 of 2 (Roadster Shoeing)

Friday 2 of 2 (Roadster Shoeing)

Saturday 1 of 2 (Draft Shoeing)

Saturday 1 of 2 (Draft Shoeing)

Saturday 2 of 2 (Draft Shoeing)

Saturday 2 of 2 (Draft Shoeing)

Sunday 1 of 2 (Hunter Shoeing)

Sunday 1 of 2 (Hunter Shoeing)

Sunday 2 of 2 (Hunter Shoeing)

Sunday 2 of 2 (Hunter Shoeing)

 

 

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