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Qualified Farriers Clinic Day

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This hands -on clinic must be pre-booked and each day (Saturday and Sunday) will have 3 groups of 6 (18 per Group per day). Book quickly these spaces will be in demand!

Delighted to confirm the addition of two new clinicians to this timetable - Jonathan Nunn and Matt Randles. You will need to choose between Jim Ferrie and Jonathan Nunn and Simon Curtis and Matt Randles. Both Jim and Simon's lectures are also part of the General Admission ticket programme, so make the most of it, attend all weekend and listen to them all!

This Clinic is charged at £200 per person.

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Darren Bazin AWCF – ‘Forging Lateral Support and Graduated Shoes’

Darren became an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Examiners in 1994. He is a seasoned and well–respected competitor, winning the World Blacksmiths Championships three times and becoming World Forging Champion and World Shoeing Champion three times also.
Darren has been consistent member of the England horse shoeing team for the last 15 years and has competed in not only the UK but also the USA, Canada, Scandinavia and Italy. He has also judged both at home and abroad.

Darren runs a successful farriery practice in Northamptonshire where he now trains his own apprentices, regularly provides tuition and clinics and has recently launched his own range of concave shoes.

Jim Blurton

Jim Blurton AWCF – ‘Live Barshoe Demonstration – Why and When’

Jim Blurton, World Champion Farrier 2005, has been a practising farrier for over 30 years. Jim served a thorough apprenticeship under his father’s watchful eye and was taught skills gleaned from over 40 years.

By the age of 20 Jim was winning national competitions and representing Wales in International competitions. He has won over 200 competitions worldwide including the prestigious National Hunter Championship and the World Championship Blacksmiths Competition at Calgary Stampede.  
In the last twenty years over 20 apprentices have learnt their trade with Forden Farriers, many of them going on to International competition themselves. In addition to the successful farriery practice, Jim manufactures his own range of remedial shoes and tools – both to an exceptionally high standard.

Jim is regularly asked to run clinics in the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle and Far East. With his reputation as an expert in remedial shoeing and shoemaking Jim is much in demand by equine establishments worldwide. He also runs consultancy clinics on shoe making and foot rehabilitation.

Simon Curtis BSc (Hons) FWCF HonAssocRCVS – ‘Getting a Kick from the Hoof’

Simon Curtis has lectured and demonstrated farriery in more than 20 countries on all 6 continents including the USA, Australia, India, Russia, and Brazil. He has published 3 text books on farriery and has papers published in numerous journals. Simon is attached to the Peter Rossdale veterinary hospital, the largest in Europe, where he is the Consultant Farrier. He has been awarded an Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.  He is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers by examination (FWCF). 

Based in Newmarket, Simon has been a farrier since 1972. He is a 4th generation farrier. His family have been farriers and blacksmiths on the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk border for at least 150 years.  In 2005 Simon was inducted into the International Farriers Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Simon continues to practice farriery in Newmarket. Simon recently gained a First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Farriery through Myerscough College, University of Central Lancashire.

Allan Ferrie FWCF – ‘Bar Shoemaking’

Allan Ferrie was awarded his FWCF by HRH Princess Anne at the age of 25. Amongst his 'significant' achievements are becoming a WCF Examiner and Judge, being awarded 'Farriery Industry Legend', being inducted into the AFA International Hall of Fame and winning Scottish Service Provider of the Year, by the Equine Industry, with his brother and business partner, Jim.

Allan lives in Ayrshire and continues to work with his brother, Jim, shoeing a variety of competition horses and vet referral remedial shoeing, whilst also promoting the farriery supply company.

Farriery competitions filled Allan's life for many years, winning a host of accolades, including becoming Reserve World Champion three times and Individual Champion at the 'Internationals' twice.

A highly respected clinican Allan has taught in many countries around the globe and spends a lot of time teaching farriery for the Higher Grade exams together with preparing candidates for competitions.

Jim Ferrie FWCF – ‘Fractures of the Foot’

Jim Ferrie lives and works in East Scotland, and is in partnership with his brother Allan. Their clientele is varied and includes a Consultant role at two equine vet practices and the Glasgow Vet College where Jim has been Consultant Farrier since 1974.

Jim gained his Worshipful Company of Farriers Fellowship in 1983, he is a Company Judge and previous Chairman of the Examination Board. Jim has been inducted into the World Champion Blacksmiths' Hall of Fame and the American Farriers Association International Hall of Fame.

As a competitive farrier Jim has completed 18 consecutive years at the World Championships in Calgary and despite the individual title being elusive he won many Championship classes throughout the years. He was a member of the Scottish Farrier Team for 19 years.

Jim teaches further education courses around the world, has produced two farriery DVD's with his brother, Allan, and co-written chapters in Simon Curtis' book entitled Corrective Farriery.

Photo: Marguerite Paige of Delta Mustad Hoofcare

Jonathan Nunn AWCF - 'Making AWCF Specimen Shoes'

Jonathan Nunn qualified in 1990 and achieved AWCF in 2010. Jon operates a successful farriery practice, based in Staffordshire and is currently training two apprentices in addition to running training clinics at his own forge. Jon is a Worshipful Company of Farriers Judge and Examiner.

A regular and respected figure at farriery competitions, both in the UK and abroad, Jon has secured many wins and placings notably finishing in the Top Five at the Calgary Stampede World Championships in 2013 and he strongly believes that competitions can assist in raising a persons skill level to help achieve higher qualifications.

Jon is Coach to the Norwegian Farrier Team for the 2014 European Championships and Internationals.

As a clinician Jon is known to be methodical and patient with a great attention to detail.

Matt Randles DipWCF - 'What to do when it goes wrong'

Reserve World Champion at Calgary Stampede in 2013 and Royal Show Champion in 2011 Matt Randles is a respected competitor at farriery competitions and consistently achieves a high standard.

Alongside his Father, Mike Randles, they run a successful farriery practice in Staffordshire shoeing equines in all disciplines. They currently train two apprentices.

Citing his Associate examination as a goal for the future, Matt strives to continuously improve his skills in both forging and shoeing on a personal level. Clinics are provided, as and when requested, and Matt enjoys helping others and developing their skills. As a farriers and clinician he is known to be a hard-working, forward thinking horseshoer with a fine attention to detail.