The British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA) are delighted to confirm a new collaboration with the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) for this year’s International Team Horseshoeing Competition, hosted by the BFBA at ‘Focus’ in October.
Over many years the BFBA and AFA have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with shared educational resources, reciprocal membership benefits and a cultural exchange programme. This new development confirms their commitment to both the competition and their ongoing alliance.
BFBA President Ben Benson AWCF is delighted with the development. “We are excited to welcome aboard the AFA and are extremely grateful for their support. The BFBA are incredibly proud of the ‘Internationals’ and, by working together, we can continue to provide this coveted competition for the benefit of so many countries.”
William Henry (Hank) Chisholm, CJF, President, AFA continued “The International Team Horseshoeing Competition is revered worldwide—not just by the competitors, but by the countries they represent—and we are proud to be able to collaborate on this event with our friends at the BFBA. Our decades-long partnership, the friendships we’ve made along the way, and the many opportunities that still lie ahead are of utmost importance to the AFA and our members, and we remain steadfast in our support of your endeavors.”
“The AFA has long-cherished our relationship with the British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association, and to be able to support their International Horseshoeing Competition at this level is an honor. There is no doubt that this is the premier team competition in the world, and the one that the most elite competitors in every country aspire to attend, and it is a privilege to help ensure it continues both now and into the future.” Martha Jones, AFA Executive Director added.
Focus, BFBA’s flagship event, will take place over the weekend of 29th and 30th October at NAEC Stoneleigh, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire with the event being valued and enjoyed by farriers, blacksmiths and equine professionals including vets, physiotherapists, nutritionists and barefoot trimmers. The BFBA International Horseshoeing Competition will take place on Friday 28th October and Saturday 29th October.