British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association


The BFBA is involved at Board level across the farrier industry in addition to hosting and supporting educational and competitive events across the country. This page is regularly updated with industry developments and news. At all times, we welcome your comments and feedback; please do get in touch.

Cliff Barnes Open Letter

After reading multiple comments on a recent post on Facebook a quick review of how the new End Point Assessment, DipWCF, for farriery was set and achieved. See full details >>
Added 16 July 2021.

Focus 2021 – cancellation

It is with a heavy heart, and a great deal of frustration, that the Executive Committee must now confirm that BFBA Focus 2021 – including the BFBA Home International competition - has been cancelled. See full details >>
Added 15 July 2021.

Blacksmith Apprenticeship

The Blacksmith Apprenticeship, in partnership with the AIM Qualification and Assessment Group, Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, Herefordshire Ludlow and North Shropshire College has been announced. See full details >>
Added 8 June 2021.

BFBA Injury Survey - prize draw

As many of you are aware the BFBA have conducted a survey into farrier injuries. This is the beginning of a campaign to promote discussion, raise awareness and educate, with the aim of reducing the risk to farriers. The results from the survey will help us to quantify the frequency and types of injuries sustained by farriers while providing hoofcare services. The survey is now closed. A huge thank you to the 349 of you who took the time to complete the survey. By way of thanking you for your participation Gibbins of Suffolk, Silverback Chaps and The Farriers Foundation generously donated prizes.   See full details >>
Added 7 May 2021.


Following on from last year’s success, and due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions, we are pleased to confirm the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA) AGM will take place on May 15th 2021 via Zoom. See full details >>
Added 25 March 2021.

BFBA Focus and Int. Team Competition 2021

Following a meeting of the BFBA Executive Committee and Craft Committee on Saturday 20th March 2021 it has been decided, with regret, that the International Team Horseshoeing Competition will not be held as planned alongside Focus on the weekend of 30th and 31st October 2021. See full details >>
Added 24 March 2021.