David Wilson BEM, FWCF

David Wilson

The BFBA Executive Committee were sad to learn that David Wilson BEM, FWCF passed away on the 7th March 2022.

President of the BFBA from 1995 to 1997, David had a distinguished career. He gave his time and shared his experience generously. His cv boasts an enviable number of accolades, which many farriers can only aspire to.

A sixth generation farrier, David’s career began as an agricultural engineer and a blacksmith, before taking part in his first farriery competition in 1956. He was renowned for his draught shoe making for which he won 13 gold medals at the Royal Highland Show! Many envied his natural, easy stance at the anvil, along with his rhythmic, efficient hammer action.

David won the World Championships in Calgary, Canada, in 1985 and was invited to judge the competition four times. In 1983, he was presented with the British Empire Medal for services to farriery and in 1995 he was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in Kentucky.

The BFBA would like to extend their condolences to the Wilson family and his many friends; our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.