BFBA

British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association

BFBA Focus

Date: 30th October 2021 - 31st October 2021

BFBA Focus 2021 

When: 30th & 31st October 2021

Where: Blackdown Halls, Stoneleigh Park

Preparations for Focus are well underway and we will have lots of exciting announcements to make in the coming days.

This superb indoor venue will enable us to host this evolving event ‘all under one roof’ whilst providing a great competition, exhibition and demonstration space and a comfortable bespoke lecture room.

 

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Pre-Registration

Saturday Speaker Programme

Sunday Speaker Programme

Product Demonstrations

Exhibitors - view the list of tradestands

Sponsors

Exhibit

Pre-Farrier Test of Skills

 

Pre-Register now!

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and to help us plan accordingly, attendees are being asked to pre-register. Card or cash will be accepted on the door but pre-registration will guarantee your goody bag!

  • BFBA members registration before 30th September – FREE OF CHARGE
  • BFBA members registration after 1st October – 20th October - £5.00 per day / £7.50 for both days
  • BFBA members registration on the day - £10 per day / £15 for both days
  • BFBA non-members registration before 30th September – £25.00 per day / £37.50 for both days
  • BFBA non-members registration after 1st October – 20th October - £30.00 per day / £45.00 for both days
  • BFBA non-members registration on the day - £35.00 per day / £52.50 for both days

We will advise attendees prior to the event of any biosecurity measures that may apply. It will be a condition of entry that visitors agree to abide by current specific Government guidance on Covid-19.

Click here to register now – https://webcollect.org.uk/bfba/event/focus-2021

Should you have any queries at all please call Head Office on 024 76 696595. Keep up to date with event news on our website and social media!

 

Saturday Speaker Programme

Saturday 30th October

9.00am - 10.00am   

 

Simon Moore

LECTURE 1: HIND FOOT BALANCE. ARE WE GETTING IT WRONG?

The concept of correct foot balance has long been widely debated over many years, but still remains subjective. Increasing research into this sometimes controversial subject is helping farriers, veterinary surgeons and equine professionals, to understand the importance of correct foot balance. Most research and importance, is placed on front feet. This may be because of a higher proportion of lameness in the font limbs and feet. Increasingly, the hind limb and feet are attracting more attention and importance from farriers and veterinary surgeons, as modern diagnostic equipment is being used to analysis horse biomechanics. Unfortunately, when it comes to literature on how best to assess and trim hind feet, there is insufficient information available. This presentation will look at how I assess, trim and shoe, hind limbs and feet. It will give the audience some everyday advise and techniques to take home and try in their everyday work.

 

10.15am - 11.15am  

 

Wayne Preece

LECTURE 1: FIT FOR PURPOSE?

I will cover the types of shoes we fit, either for equine disciplines or pathologies. What are we trying to achieve with our shoe, pad or modern materials package? Are we shoeing for equine performance, injury prevention or pathology? Today’s farriers are in a unique position at the forefront of equine sport, but quite often the line between shoeing for performance and shoeing to aid in the treatment of lower limb or foot pathologies is blurred.

 

11.30am - 12.30pm

 

 

Mark Johnson

LECTURE 1: HOOF ANATOMY IN ACTION

Beginning with the development of the foal’s foot and Dr Robert Bowker’s words of wisdom, ‘The hoof is a neuro sensory organ’, the theme of internal back of the foot structure, its need to develop and build, its role in the whole horse concept where everything is interconnected and interdependent, along with the all important flow of blood and lymph fluid through the hoof is established. ‘No foot no horse’ becomes defined by just how robust are the digital cushion, frog and lateral cartilages are and the consequences of their failure. How do we build internal hoof structure and, importantly, how do we deplete it through what we do? Allowing the back of the foot to function as nature intended is a challenge when 24/7 hoof protection is needed, but employing a broad thought process can reap rewards. Clinical positioning and its assessment is paramount to whole horse biomechanics, while the preservation of structure, especially of the sole surface of our domestic horses feet appears on balance, to be an element in urgent need of review, trim nothing you don’t need to and if material needs to be removed from a hoof, be sure it’s never done on autopilot and without a clear understanding. Six horses all struggling, none coping with 24/7 shoeing with steel due to upper body asymmetry and or pathology and the resultant loading through their legs and feet, none robust enough to be barefoot for long due to poor hoof structure and environmental challenges, moving to composites became a real door opener and insight into how comfort, flexibility and genuine support (engaging the properties of the hoof biomechanically) transformed these previously “stuck” horses. Finally, a word about the German Duplo composite horseshoe, possibly one of the worlds most technically advanced shoes currently being used, its pitfalls and its incredible benefits.

 

12.30pm - 1.30pm  

Jeff Newnham

LECTURE: WHY CAN’T ALL MY CLIENTS BE NICE?

This is a question every farrier asks themselves every day! We’ve all been there – arriving at a new client, parking up then being shouted at to ‘move your van, you can’t park there’. Arriving for an appointment to be greeted with ‘Was it today?’, or a client sending you ‘useful links’ to read before their next appointment. And then there’s the gem of a client – supportive, thoughtful and sweet. This interactive lecture will blow the lid on how to identify and deal with the range of clients we have to interact with. Reduce the stress! If you think you are in the horse business then think again, we’re in the people business and we need to learn how to work with them to make our lives stress free and fun! To beware we first need to be aware! Don’t miss this fun lecture…your sanity relies on it! Jeff Newnham qualified DipWCF in 1983. He then spent the next two years working in USA before returning to UK to set up practice in East Sussex. In 2014 he bought the Glushu to market – the first over-moulded aluminium glue-on horseshoe made in the UK. He then formed Pro-Glu Ltd, the first UK company to manufacture a range of adhesives and products for the farriery industry. Recognising a lack of training in these products in the UK farrier training system, Jeff developed and delivered ‘Let’s Get Glueing’ CPD specifically to address this need. Undeterred by lockdown, which prevented face-to-face hands-on training, Jeff has delivered over 70 live Facebook Live broadcasts every Saturday. Jeff has co-authored the Stromsholm ‘Let’s Get Glueing’ guide to adhesives – the first publication of its kind. With lockdown easing Jeff has resumed his Let’s Get Glueing courses helping farriers get the very best out of their purchases. He is helped in his business by his three children Alice, Christopher and Philip.

 

1.30pm - 2.30pm  

Suzanne Rogers and Jo White (HBCA) and The Farriers Foundation

'FARRIERY: WORKING WITH CLIENTS TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE'

Sponsored by The Farriers Foundation, this talk supports ongoing work from the BFBA injury survey

2.45pm - 3.45pm  

David Marlin

LECTURE 1: HOW RELEVANT IS SCIENCE TO FARRIERS? 

4.00pm - 5.00pm  

Focus Forum

The Focus Forum is your chance to ask questions, seek clarification and share your opinions. Gain a better understanding of the industry we work in and help shape the future of farriery.

In addition to members of the BFBA Executive Committee, representatives will be invited from all organisations relevant to farriery including the Farriers Registration Council, Worshipful Company of Farriers and the farriery training colleges.

  • Saturday 30th October, 4pm in the Lecture Theatre - ‘Where are we now?’
  • Sunday 31st October, 2.45pm in the Lecture Theatre - ‘The future of farriery’

Questions must be submitted, in writing, to the BFBA Head Office (headoffice@bfba.co.uk) by 5pm on October 22nd. Please ask if you would like your question to remain anonymous and state which day you would like your question put to the panel.

To follow  

Winner of the BFBA Best Stand Award

We are delighted to honour our exhibitor’s efforts by introducing the BFBA Focus Best Stand Award for 2021. Exhibition stands take a huge amount of time, planning and consideration. The stands will be judged by a BFBA ‘secret shopper’ and layout, accessibility, lighting, stock displays and the staff themselves will be amongst the factors considered. 

 

Sunday Speaker Programme

Sunday 31st October

9.00am - 10.00am   

 

Wayne Preece

LECTURE 2: PURPOSE OF FIT?

We need to understand what is expected of the horse between shoeing appointments – is the horse in training, work, sport or in veterinary treatment for an existing injury, pathology or rehabilitating (recovering) from an injury or disease? I will cover different shoeing packages and discuss whether we are shoeing to maximise performance or aiding the veterinary treatment of the horse

 

10.15am - 11.15am   

 

 

Simon Moore

LECTURE 2: THE MANY USES FOR GLUE IN OUR EVERYDAY WORK

Hoof glue has become a vital tool for farriers to use on a variety of problems. Technology has rapidly improved both the products available and the way farriers can use them. During a live demonstration, I will discuss when and why I use hoof glue and demonstrate the application of different glues for various conditions

 

11.30am - 12.30pm  

Suzanne Rogers and Jo White (HBCA) and The Farriers Foundation

'FARRIERY: WORKING WITH CLIENTS TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE'

Sponsored by The Farriers Foundation, this talk supports ongoing work from the BFBA injury survey

12.30pm - 1.30pm  

David Marlin

LECTURE 2: TECHNOLOGY FOR FARRIERS – A DISTRACTION OR A USEFUL ADDITION TO SERVICES?

 

1.30pm - 2.30pm

 

 

Mark Johnson

LECTURE 2: BAREFOOT AND FARRIERY – BRIDGING THE GAP. THE WHOLE HORSE CONNECTION

Mark is now 80% barefoot in his business and having learned so much from the barefoot maintenance side of the fence, Mark now integrates all that he has learned into his shod horses. During the presentation Mark will drill down into the details of successfully maintaining barefoot horses while on a personal level, acknowledging that he still has to deploy shoeing for those horses unable to cope. Mark will show why he prefers composite shoes over steel, talk about their benefits as he sees them and the philosophy and practices behind how he applies them.

 

2.45pm - 3.45pm  

Focus Forum

The Focus Forum is your chance to ask questions, seek clarification and share your opinions. Gain a better understanding of the industry we work in and help shape the future of farriery.

In addition to members of the BFBA Executive Committee, representatives will be invited from all organisations relevant to farriery including the Farriers Registration Council, Worshipful Company of Farriers and the farriery training colleges.

  • Saturday 30th October, 4pm in the Lecture Theatre - ‘Where are we now?’
  • Sunday 31st October, 2.45pm in the Lecture Theatre - ‘The future of farriery’

Questions must be submitted, in writing, to the BFBA Head Office (headoffice@bfba.co.uk) by 5pm on October 22nd. Please ask if you would like your question to remain anonymous and state which day you would like your question put to the panel.

(approx 3pm)  

BFBA Home International Competition results (in the competition area)

 

Product Demonstrations

(times are approximate and may be subject to change on the day)

Saturday 30th October

1pm   Werkman Hoofcare

 PM

 

Handmade Shoes (UK) Ltd

3pm   VFT Denmark by Bergers Smedie
5pm   Pro-Glu Ltd
TBC   Mustad

 

Sunday 31st October

11am   Equitotal Ltd

1pm

 

Werkman Hoofcare

TBC   Mustad

Exhibitors 

(in alphabetical order)

 

Atlantic Equine

Unit 5A,

Low March, 

Daventry,

Northamptonshire, NN11 4SD. U.K.

Tel: +44 (0) 1327 314880.
Fax: +44 (0) 1327 314889.

E-Mail: sales@atlantic-equine.co.uk

     

 

 

ACR Aluminium Horseshoes (Ac-Concepts SARL)

1611 Chemin Des queutes

72230 – Ruaudin – France

+33784232310

 

www.AC-Concepts.com

 

 

     
 

AWM Tools 

Lafitou 

Mount lane

Kirkby La Thorpe 

Sleaford 

Lincolnshire 

NG34 9NR 

Email- awmtools@icloud.com

Telephone number 07811219944

     
 

Central Forge Ltd

Unit 8 Ladfordfields Industrial Park, Seighford, Staffordshire ST18 9QE

+441785291867

centralforgeltd@gmail.com

www.centralforge.co.uk

     
 

Eastlake & Beachell

The Crescent,

King Street,

Leicester

LE1 6RX

Beth Eaton – Beth.eaton@eastlakebeachell.co.uk, 01162044603

Marie Beal – Marie.beal@eastlakebeachell.co.uk, 01162044624

www.eastlakebeachell.co.uk

     
 

Equestrian Protect

1228 London Road

Alvaston

Derby

DE24 8QP

 

info@equestrianprotect.co.uk

www.equestrianprotect.co.uk

0330 223 5131

     

 

 

Equitotal Ltd

Long Copse Cottage

Lickfold Road

Fernhurst

Haslemere

GU273JH

 

Simon Notley - 07720080918

     
 

For Farriers By Farriers

Pheasant cottage

Birdsall

Malton

YO17 9NT

Mobile: 07889767746

info@forfarriersbyfarriers.com

www.forfarriersbyfarriers.com

     
 

Gaslow International Ltd

Contact : Martin Kennett

sales@gaslow.co.uk

01509 377377

     

 

Gibbins of Suffolk

34 Anson Road, Martlesham Heath

Ipswich, Suffolk, IP5 3RG 

01473 620754

www.gibbins.co.uk

office@gibbins.co.uk

     
 

Handmade Shoes (UK) Ltd

Units 3 & 4 Williams Court,

Pitstone Green Business Park,

Pitstone,

Nr. Leighton Buzzard

LU7 9GW

Telephone: 01296 662473
Email: info@handmadeshoesltd.co.uk
Website:www.handmadeshoesltd.co.uk

     
 

Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College

Holme Lacy Campus

Hereford

HR2 6LL

 

08000321986

     
 

Jim Blurton 

Rose Hill, Kingswood, Forden, Welshpool, Wales UK

+44 (0) 1938 580222

sales@jimblurton.co.uk

www.jimblurton.co.uk

     
 

Lifedata

Karen Zetsche: EU Sales Representative

Email: kzetsche@lifedata.de

Telephone: 0049 (0) 40 866 29 225

Mobile: 0049 (0) 160 984 155 06

     
    Lingfield Forge
     
 

Londonderry Forge Supplies

The Forge,

Londonderry,

Northallerton,

North Yorkshire,

DL7 9NE

01677 422587 / 01677 426691

enquiries@forgesupplies.co.uk

www.forgesupplies.co.uk

     
  MNC Limited
51 Burners Lane South 
Kiln Farm
Milton Keynes 
MK11 3HA
United Kingdom
Telephone: 01908561171
Website: www.horseshoes.co.uk
     
 

Mustad

Pascallaan 42

8218 NJ Lelystad, The Netherlands

T +31 (0) 32 0211 422

 

Website:

www.mustad.com

Where to buy?

You can find all our dealers easily our on dealer locator ->

 

UK contact:

Danny Elliot

danny.elliott@mustad.com

+44 7813 128824

     
 

Myerscough College

Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RY

Tel: 01995 642222    Fax: 01995 642333

Web: http://www.myerscough.ac.uk

     
  N & J Aluminium Linings Ltd
Units 9/10/11 Deanfield Court
Link 59 Business Park
Clitheroe, Lancashire
BB7 1QS United Kingdom
01200 429 955
     
 

NAF

Official Suppliers to the British EquestrianTeam and Nutritional Partner to the BFBA.

All hooves deserve PROFEET.

Contact our FREE NUTRITIONAL HELPLINE, 0800 373106 / info@naf-uk.com or find us on social media, Facebook @nafequine, Twitter @nafuk or Instagram @nafuk.

 

     
 

National Equine Welfare Council

https://newc.co.uk/

     
 

NWT Horseshoes

Unit 4 Media Point, 

near Mold Business Park, 

Wrexham Road, 

Mold, 

CH7 1XY.

 

01244 541394

sales@nwthorseshoes.co.uk

     
 

Pro-Glu

Unit 4a

Beaconsfield Road

Bexhill on Sea

East Sussex

TN402BN

 

www.pro-glu.com

jeff@pro-glu.com

07715273589

     
 

Red Horse Products UK

Email - redhorse@hotmail.co.uk

Website - www.redhorseproducts.co.uk

     
 

Richard Ash Horseshoes Ltd

Witherleigh Farm

Mill Road

Barton St David

Somerset

TA11 6DF

+44 (0) 1458 850 653

info@richardashhorseshoes.co.uk

www.richardashhorseshoes.co.uk

     
 

Silverback Chaps

Address: South Gables, Underhill, Glaisdale, North Yorkshire YO21 2PJ UK
Telephone: +44 1947897165
Mobile: +44 7813128824
Email: danny@silverbackchaps.com
Website: www.silverbackchaps.com
Skype: farrierdan
Twitter: SILVERBACKDAN

     
 

Stromsholm Limited
Wood Court,
Chesney Wold,
Bleak Hall,
Milton Keynes
MK6 1NE

Enquiries: 01908 233909
Accounts: 01908 232244
Email: sales@stromsholm.co.uk

Website: https://www.stromsholm.co.uk/

     
 

The 3rd Millennium

Unit 6G

Peel Hall Business Village

Peel Road

Westby

FY4 5JX

UK

Tel: +44 (0)7816 658609

www.the3rdmillennium.com

info@the3rdmillennium.com

     
 

The Farriers Foundation 

Registered Charity No. 1156236

www.thefarriersfoundation.co.uk 

thefarriersfoundation@gmail.com

01785281867 - 01785823179

Registered Office: 53 Greenfields, Gnosall, Stafford ST20 0HP

     

 

 

The Shoeing Lab 

Sandpitt Forge 

Walton Lane 

Grimley

Worcester

WR2 6LR

 

(+44) 01905 641640 

     
 

Werkman Hoofcare B.V.

Helper Molenstraat 43

9721 BT  Groningen

The Netherlands

w: www.werkmanhoofcare.com

w: www.werkmanblack.com

     
 

The Worshipful Company of Farriers

Kemp House
152-160 City Road
London
EC1V 2NX

     
 

Total Foot Protection

Five Oaks Road, Slinfold,

West Sussex. RH13 0QW - UK

Telephone - +44 (0) 1403 791000

E-mail-         marc.harrold@totalfootprotection.co.uk

Website-      www.totalfootprotection.co.uk

     
 

Trinity Farrier Services Ltd

Mark Aikens DipWCF FdSc BSc (Hons)

TOOL REBUILD & SUPPLY-tool drop off available at the booth.

Tel: 07850 709695

www.trinityfarrier.com

     
 

VFT Denmark by Berger’s Smedie

Sondergade 58

5580 Norre Aaby – Denmark

 

+45 51 36 14 04

info@bergers-smedie.dk

www.vftdenmark.com

     
 

Warwickshire College 

Moreton Morrell College 

Moreton Morrell,

Warwick,

CV35 9BL

 

Contact details:

Tim James

timjames@wcg.ac.uk

0330 135 6364

 

Sponsors

We are indebted to our generous sponsors who provide unrivalled, ongoing support to this event and the association. Grateful thanks to - 

 

 

 

 

Competition Arena

Stromsholm and

Five Star PROFEET from NAF

Lecture Theatre

Mustad

Competitor lunches 

(Saturday)

Londonderry Forge Supplies

 

Wristbands

Trinity Farrier Services

 

Goody Bags

Jim Blurton Farrier Tools

 

Exhibit

A full list of sponsorship and tradestand opportunties will be circulated in the coming days. All opportunties will operate on a first come first served basis. To register your interest please email BFBA Head Office or call 024 76 696595.

 

Pre-Farrier 'Test of Skills'

The BFBA Executive Committee is delighted to confirm the ‘Pre-Farrier Test of Skills’ taking place at Focus this year. 

This is a new opportunity for students to meet potential ATFs; introduce themselves, demonstrate their skills and get noticed! This is also an opportunity for ATFs looking for their next apprentice.

The ‘Test of Skills’ is intended to be a fun opportunity; a chance to demonstrate forging capabilities. Entrants will be required to make one ‘test piece’ which will be confirmed in advance on Friday 22nd October. This piece will be forged from a coke fire. All participants must bring their own tools and provide their own PPE. Times for the competition will be published on 27th October.

Entrants are warmly encouraged to bring test pieces with them plus copies of their CV to hand to potential employers. This is an opportunity to get a step ahead and meet many ATFs in one location.

Entry is £5 per person and will include access to Focus on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Enter here online or call BFBA Head Office on 024 76 696595 by 22nd October 2021.