British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association

Focus 21 - the speakers!

When: 30th & 31st October 2021

Where: Blackdown Halls, Stoneleigh Park


We are delighted to confirm the following - renowned - speakers at this year's BFBA Focus!

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Simon Moore

Simon Moore was born into a circus family in which his father was a lion tamer. Deciding not to follow his father’s career, he started his farriery apprenticeship with Paul Atkins RSS in 1989 and passed the Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers in 1993. After finishing his apprenticeship, he set up business in Essex where he primarily shod sport horses, having a particular interest in shoeing showjumpers. During this time Simon met Ruth and they married in 1996; they have four children. In 1998 they relocated to Cornwall for ‘a slower pace of life’ but farriery soon took centre stage. In 2003, he established Cornwall’s first farriery practice Equine Foot Care, in partnership with Paul Martin DipWCF, concentrating mainly on training apprentices. During this time, he was directly reasonable for training six apprentices, of which four have successfully gone on to pass the AWCF exam, one of those being his son Callum. An achievement he is particularly proud of. In 2011, he passed the Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and gained the Fellowship in 2016. He was appointed to the Worshipful Company of Farriers Examination Board in 2016 and continues to be an active member. He is currently the BFBA appointee on the Farriers Registration Council. He is a proud father and grandfather and spends his leisure time with his family or cycling in the Cornish countryside. He is a regular farriery tutor and clinician.




Wayne Preece

Wayne gained the DipWCF in October 1988 with honours. After working with several farriers to gain experience, he started his own farriery practice in 1994 in Settle, north Yorkshire. Shoeing a wide variety of horses, he soon gained a reputation for working with lame horses as a referral farrier for a veterinary practice. Wayne became an approved training farrier in 1997, training four apprentices to Diploma level, one with distinction. He passed his AWCF exam in 2001 and in 2004 was employed at Myerscough College as a part-time tutor, working alongside Mark Caldwell FWCF. In 2006 he was employed full time at the college as head farriery tutor after being injured in a shoeing accident. He became a qualified teacher in 2008 and became a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers in the same year. In 2013 he became senior Tutor at Hereford School of Farriery until 2017, when he decided to go back to what he loved best, shoeing horses. He is a clinician both at home in the UK as well as abroad, with regular clinics in the USA, Israel, Poland and Denmark. He is married to Kate and has two children, Joshua 20 and Hollie 18.



Mark Johnson

Mark qualified in 1983 and, after serving his apprenticeship with David Gulley FWCF, he continued to work for David for a further 12 months, gaining valuable experience until he left to set up in business on his own near Bicester in Oxfordshire.

‘I have always challenged thinking, my own and that of others’, says Mark. ‘Seldom have I been truly satisfied with the results I’ve achieved, always seeking practises aimed at overcoming the repetitive problems our industry encounters’, to the point when, on one notable occasion, speaking at a farriery event at Moreton Morrell – to his amusement – Mark was introduced as being something of a ‘Fad Farrier’. Mark disputes this, but says he does plead guilty to having adopted ‘some fairly diverse methods’ in his quest for finding solutions that work. It became inescapable that while observing the unshod horses he was responsible for, his impression was that these feet simply looked healthier. Fast-forward to a shoeing system that demanded dissection as part of the knowledge for its application. This, coupled with extending his knowledge of barefoot maintenance – based on information gained from both the UK and abroad and from some of the best barefoot practitioners – and passion for functional anatomy and the whole horse, his interconnection flourished.

Mark has delivered anatomy clinics in the UK and abroad and now runs a business consisting of un-shod horses, the support of hoof boots and the employment of composite shoes where needed, having taken the decision almost two years’ ago to eliminate steel shoes from his business. Enthused by further education prospects, Mark is welcoming the proposed collaboration between Robbie Richardson RSS and himself as they seek to compile a shoeless syllabus aimed at assisting the farriery industry in this ever increasing and challenging sector.


Jeff Newnham

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.



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

Suzanne and Jo (pictured) share a passion for animals and a fascination for what makes people tick. Before founding their community interest company – Human Behaviour Change for Animals (HBCA) – they worked in animal behaviour and welfare consultancy, focusing on horses. They established HBCA after recognising that how and why people behave the way they do could provide solutions to challenging issues that affect animals. After all, people interact with animals every day – through owning pets or farming animals, or the choices they make about the food they eat or the clothes they wear. Suzanne and Jo’s knowledge, experience and qualifications cover animal behaviour, welfare and management. They run international animal welfare programmes and a Master's degree in (human) behaviour change. Fascinated by how to deliver positive change, they are committed to making a lasting difference by sharing the principles and practice behind behaviour change. 

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


David Marlin

David Marlin studied at Stirling University from 1978-1981. He then trained with dressage rider and coach Judy Harvey (FBHS and FEI International dressage judge). He obtained his PhD from Loughborough University in 1989 on the response of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training. He worked for 3 years in Newmarket for racehorse trainer Luca Cumani.

From 1993–1996 he undertook studies on thermoregulation and transport of horses in the build-up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. He was also involved in advising on air-conditioning and cooling for horses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

From 1990-2005 David held the position of Senior Scientist and Head of Physiology at the Animal Health Trust. His main areas of professional interest are exercise physiology, including nutrition, fitness training, thermoregulation, anhidrosis, competition strategy, transport, respiratory disease and EIPH and has published over 200 scientific papers in these areas.

He has worked as a consultant to the British Equestrian Federation since 1994 and is a member of the BEF’s World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group. Between 1996 and 2000 he was trainer for the British Endurance team when they won a silver medal at the World Championships in Compiegne, France in 2000.

David has a strong interest in equine welfare and has been involved in many projects, including working with World Horse Welfare to improve the conditions for horses transported for meat in Europe.

He is currently involved in a range of projects including the impact of COVID-19 on horse owners and horse welfare, protective boot testing, the safety of headcollars, performance analysis, saddle tree design, saddle pads, quantification of headshaking and a large number of nutritional projects.

David is a past Chair of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP), editor of Comparative Exercise Physiology, author of Equine Exercise Physiology and President of the UK National Equine Welfare Council. He has also been the FEI’s climate advisor since 1996 and currently runs his own equestrian community under