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Shoemaking Competition - 26th July 2008

Results

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Class One: The Derek Gardner 'Front and Hind Shoes'
Class Two: The Jim Blurton 'Bar Shoe Challenge'
Class Three: Pinehurst Forge 'One Heat Shoe Fast and Furious'
Class Four: The Mustad 'Speciality Forging' - Make Three Shoes
Championship Results

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Competition Report

Only in its 4th year the Handmade Shoes (UK) Ltd Shoemaking Competition has fast become one of the largest and most sought after farriery Championship titles in the UK. 108 competitors tested their skills to the limits in a bid to gain a share of the tremendous £10,000 prize fund. The list of entrants boasted farriers of the highest calibre including Steven Beane AWCF, current European Champion and twice previous Reserve World Champion, Darren Bazin AWCF, three times winner of the World Championships and Gary Darlow AFCL, seven times Royal Show National Champion.

In glorious sunshine the competitors, which included visitors from Europe and America, endeavoured to demonstrate the best of their abilities in a series of four shoemaking classes. Points gained in each class accrued towards the Championship in Advanced, Intermediate and Apprentice sections.

Judged by current National Champion David Smith AWCF, and previous World Champion Richard Ellis DipWCF (Hons) the specimen shoes formed an excellent example of work to be followed. Prior to the start of the first class competitors were given time to examine the shoes thoroughly and make notes whilst both Judge’s were on hand to answer any questions.

The first class ‘Front and Hind Shoes’, kindly sponsored by Derek Gardner Tools, saw the Open competitors make two shoes, a plain stamped Roadster and a deep seated three quarter fullered Toe Clipped Front, the first and second year apprentices made a toe-clipped front shoe and side-clipped hind shoe from concave steel whilst the third and fourth year apprentices made a three-quartered fullered front and hind. These shoes were completed in a time frame of forty minutes. Steven Beane gained early points on the Championship leadership board for the Advanced section and Simon Krog (Intermediate), Richard Slater (3rd & 4th Year Apprentice) and Janick Zyesmil (1st & 2nd Year Apprentice) triumphant in their sections.

The ‘Jim Blurton Bar Shoe Challenge’ truly reflected its name and proved to be a further demanding and testing class. A fullered front Rocker Bar and a plain stamped Bar Shoe with a frog plate were required from competitors in the Open sections in just forty-five minutes, whilst the 1st and 2nd year apprentices completed a pair of plain stamped Egg Bars and the 3rd & 4th year apprentices a pair of three-quarter fullered Straight Bars. Issues with welding and a battle with the clock tested many of the participants nerves in this class but saw Steven Beane continue his lead with Andrew Casserly in hot pursuit. In the other sections it was all change with Jonathon Nunn winning the Intermediate class, Ben Casserly winning the 3rd & 4th Year Apprentice section and Ben Taylor the 1st & 2nd Year Apprentice section.

The third class, a popular event with spectators and competitors alike, was the ‘Pinehurst Forge One Heat Shoe Fast and Furious’. Given a pre-heat time of five minutes competitors in all sections had just fifteen minutes, and no further ‘heats’, to complete a shoe of their choice to be judged on quality and degree of difficulty. Andy Martin was triumphant in the Advanced section with Jay Tovey a close second. David Dawson (Intermediate), Ricky Hilton (3rd & 4th Year Apprentices) and Daniel Preece (1st & 2nd Year Apprentices) all gained maximum points towards their Championship totals.

The final class, the ‘Mustad Speciality Forging’ allowed just one hour and ten minutes to make three shoes. For the Open competitors this meant a Mule shoe, an Italian Lateral Extension ‘Rabbit’ Shoe and a Bar Shoe - fully fullered and utilising a rasp welded to create the bar. For the 3rd and 4th year apprentices a three-quarter fullered Lateral Extension Hind, a Side Clipped Front and a Pony Roadster Calkin and Wedge. The 1st & 2nd year apprentices made a Calkin and Wedge Hind, a Hunter Front and a Side Clipped Front. Stretching his lead on the Championship Board in the Advanced section saw Steven Beane reaffirm his position with Jay Tovey runner-up in this class. Alex Lake took maximum points in the Intermediate section as did Ricky Hilton (3rd & 4th Year Apprentices) and Harry Garner (1st & 2nd Year Apprentices).

This year’s event proved to be a remarkable contest with both judge’s reporting an extremely high standard in all sections. Described by David Smith as a ‘pleasure to judge’ and Richard Ellis as ‘very impressive’ the competition was an excellent display of shoemaking. The Judge’s worked tirelessly throughout the course of the day reviewing a remarkable 864 shoes between them!

The much-awaited Summer Ball featuring the Prize Presentation Dinner followed in the evening. Steven Beane AWCF, current European Champion, was crowned winner of the Advanced Championship, Luke Silcock DipWCF winner of the Intermediate Championship and Ricky Hilton and Harry Garner winners of the 3rd & 4th Year and 1st & 2nd Year Apprentice Championship sections respectively.

The Presentation Dinner also featured a charity Auction in aid of Cancer Research and the Handmade Shoes (UK) Ltd Farrier Apprentice Education Fund and raised in excess of £7,000. Celebrations continued into the early hours and completed a hugely successful day all round.

 

Competition Results

CLASS ONE:
The Derek Gardner 'Front and Hind Shoes'

Advanced Section:
1st - Steven Beane (17.4)
2nd - Andrew Casserly (17.2)
3rd - Darren Bazin (16.6)
4th - Gary Darlow (16.4)
5th - Jonathon Atkinson (16.4)
6th - Andrew Reader-Smith (16.2)
7th - Jay Tovey (16.2)
8th - Jon Benfield (16.0)
9th - Duncan Thomson (15.9)
10th - Matt Randles (15.8)

Intermediate Section:
1st - Simon Krog (16.3)
2nd - David Dawson (16.0)
3rd - Anthony Waterfield (15.2)
4th - James Clowes (14.4)
5th - Thomas Richards (14.2)
6th - Luke Silcock (14.2)
7th - Walter Waller (13.8)
8th - Jonathon Nunn (13.7)
9th - Alex Lake (13.6)
10th - Martin Haigh (13.6)

3rd & 4th Year Apprentices:
1st - Richard Slater (16.0)
2nd - Ricky Hilton (15.8)
3rd - Ben Casserly (15.8)
4th - Julia Cheney (15.4)
5th - George Hutchins (14.4)
6th - Russell Deering (13.8)
7th - David Webley (13.8)
8th - Charlie Sands (13.2)
9th - Tom Farmer (13.2)
10th - Matt Alderman (12.8)

1st & 2nd Year Apprentices
1st - Janick Zyesmil (16.4)
2nd - Harry Garner (16.2)
3rd - J C Lee (15.8)
4th - Andrew Smith (15.8)
5th - Ben Taylor (15.6)
6th - Jack Casserly (15.6)
7th - Jake Fletcher (15.6)
8h - Ben Coy (15.6)
9th - Chris Green (15.6)
10th - Martin Pearson (15.2)

 

CLASS TWO:
The Jim Blurton 'Bar Shoe Challenge'

Advanced Section:
1st - Steven Beane (16.6)
2nd - Andrew Casserly (16.4)
3rd - Matt Randles (15.8)
4th - Darren Bazin (15.8)
5th - Gary Darlow (15.0)
6th - Mark Watson (14.4)
7th - Paul Duddy (13.8)
8th - Brian Osbourne (13.8)
9th - Leon Bentham (13.6)
10th - Ian Allison (13.2)

Intermediate Section:
1st - Jonathan Nunn (14.4)
2nd - Simon Krog (14.2)
3rd - Luke Silcock (11.2)
4th - Thomas Richards (10.6)
5th - Mikael Berg (10.4)
6th - Martin Haigh (10.0)
7th - Alex Lake ( 9.0)
8th - Richard Gilzean (8.8)
9th - James Clowes (8.0)
10th - Andrew James (8.0)

3rd & 4th Year Apprentices
1st - Ben Casserly ( 18.0)
2nd - Ricky Hilton (17.5)
3rd - Richard Slater (17.1)
4th - Julia Cheney (16.8)
5th - Russell Deering (15.4)
6th - Charlie Sands (15.4)
7th - Joe Rose (15.3)
8th - Tom Farmer (15.0)
9th - Matt Alderman (15.0)
10th - George Hutchins (14.6)

1st & 2nd Year Apprentices
1st - Ben Taylor (17.2)
2nd - Daniel Preece (17.0)
3rd - J C Lee (15.8)
4th - Andrew Smith (15.8)
5th - Martin Pearson (15.6)
6th - Janick Zyesmil (15.4)
7th - Katie Grose ( 15.0)
8th - Harry Garner (14.8)
9th - Tom Bougaurd (14.4)
10th - Abi Hardy (13.8)

 

CLASS THREE:
Pinehurst Forge 'One Heat Shoe Fast and Furious'

Advanced Section:
1st - Andy Martin (8.6)
2nd - Jay Tovey (8.5)
3rd - Steven Beane (8.4)
4th - Gavin Golby (8.0)
5th - Andrew Casserly (7.8)
6th - Brian Saunders (7.6)
7th - Darren Bazin (7.5)
8th - Paul Duddy (7.4)
9th - Jonathan Atkinson (7.2)
10th - Andrew Reader-Smith (7.0)

Intermediate Section:
1st - David Dawson (8.0)
2nd - S G Teale (7.6)
3rd - Anthony Waterfield (7.5)
4th - Alex Lake (7.2)
5th - Martin Haigh (7.1)
6th - Tristan Fraser (7.0)
7th - Thomas Richards (6.8)
8th - Mathew Martin (6.7)
9th - Luke Silcock (6.6)
10th - John Steven Hick (6.4)

3rd & 4th Year Apprentices
1st - Ricky Hilton (8.0)
2nd - Richard Slater (7.8)
3rd - Russell Deering (7.2)
4th - George Hutchins (7.0)
5th - Julia Cheney (6.8)
6th - Laura Elvin (6.6)
7th - Julian Movahed (6.5)
8th - Fred Sampson ( 6.4)
9th - Charlie Sands (6.2)
10th - Matt Alderman ( 6.0)

1st & 2nd Year Apprentices
1st - Daniel Preece (8.6)
2nd - Martin Pearson (8.4)
3rd - Janick Zyesmil (8.2)
4th - Harry Garner (8.0)
5th - Ben Taylor (7.8)
6th - Anthony Williams (7.7)
7th - Jack Casserly ( 7.6)
8th - Tim Langley (7.5)
9th - Mathew Frederick (7.4)
10th - Jake Fletcher (7.2)

 

CLASS FOUR:
The Mustad 'Speciality Forging' - Make Three Shoes

Advanced Section:
1st - Steven Beane (27.2)
2nd - Jay Tovey (24.5)
3rd - Ed Simcock (24.5)
4th - Adrian Devereux (24.2)
5th - Jonathan Atkinson (23.7)
6th - Andrew Reader-Smith (23.2)
7th - Andrew Casserly (23.0)
8th - Gavin Golby (22.8)
9th - John Benfield (22.0)
10th - Darren Bazin (22.0)

Intermediate Section:
1st - Alex Lake (23.4)
2nd - Simon Krog (23.3)
3rd - Martin Haigh (23.1)
4th - Andrew James ( 22.8)
5th - Anthony Waterfield (22.7)
6th - Luke Silcock (22.2)
7th - Sarah-Mary Brown (21.6)
8th - Jonathan Nunn (20.6)
9th - David Dawson (20.4)
10th - Walter Waller (19.2)

3rd & 4th Year Apprentices
1st - Ricky Hilton (25.0)
2nd - Richard Slater (24.6)
3rd - Matt Alderman (22.6)
4th - Ben Casserly (22.6)
5th - Tom Farmer (22.4)
6th - Julia Cheney (22.0)
7th - David Webley ( 21.4)
8th - Russell Deering (20.2)
9th - Mathew Crompton (20.0)
10th - Andrew David Smith (19.8)

1st & 2nd Year Apprentices
1st - Harry Garner ( 23.2)
2nd - J C Lee (22.6)
3rd - Daniel Preece (22.2)
4th - Martin Pearson (21.8)
5th - Ryan Derbyshire (21.0)
6th - Tom Wall (20.8)
7th - Jack Casserly (20.4)
8th - Janick Zyesmil (20.2)
9th - Andrew Smith (19.4)
10th - Luke Larder (18.6)

 

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Advanced Championship
Champion – Steven Beane (69.6)
Reserve Champion – Andrew Casserly (64.4)
3rd – Darren Bazin (61.9)
4th – Jay Tovey (61.6)
5th – Matt Randles (59.9)
6th – Gary Darlow (59.3)
7th – Gavin Golby (59.2)
8th – Andrew Reader-Smith (58.4)
9th – Jonathon Atkinson (58.3)
10th - Paul Duddy (55.8)

Intermediate Championship
Champion – Luke Silcock (54.2)
Reserve Champion – Simon Krog (53.2)
3rd – Martin Haigh (53.8)
4th – Jonathon Nunn (53.7)
5th – Alex Lake (53.2)
6th – David Dawson (50.4)
7th – Thomas Richards (49.6)
8th – Anthony Waterfield (45.4)
9th – James Clowes (43.6)
10th – Walter Waller (43.0)

3rd & 4th Year Championship
Champion – Ricky Hilton (66.3)
Reserve Champion – Richard Slater (65.5)
3rd – Ben Casserly (61.6)
4th – Julia Cheney (61.0)
5th – Russell Deering (56.6)
6th – Matt Alderman (56.4)
7th – Tom Farmer (56.4)
8th – George Hutchins (53.6)
9th – Charlie Sands (50.4)
10th – David Webley (49.0)

1st & 2nd Year Championship
Champion – Harry Garner (62.2)
Reserve Champion- Daniel Preece (61.6)
3rd – Martin Pearson (61.0)
4th – J C Lee (60.4)
5th – Janick Zyesmil (60.2)
6th – Ben Taylor (58.4)
7th – Jack Casserly (57.0)
8th – Andrew Smith (56.5)
9th – Katie Grose (52.4)
10th – Ryan Derbyshire (51.4)

B L Farrier Supplies trophy for the Best Apprentice Shoe – Ben Casserly