European Federation of Farriers Association (EFFA)
“The Mission of the European Federation of Farriers Associations is to improve the welfare of the horse by encouraging the highest standards of trimming and shoeing.”
The foundation of EFFA in December 1997 brought together European nations passionate about preserving and improving the standard of farriery across Europe. Today 16 member nations form a solid group of farriery associations who bring together farriers from a wide range of backgrounds, traditions and training.
By promoting and arranging a range of educational and competitive events across Europe, encouraging Continued Professional Development and developing good working relationships between farriers, vets, horse owners and associated professionals, EFFA aims to maintain and yet further improve the standard in farriery limiting unnecessary suffering and harm caused by shoeing and trimming by unskilled persons.
Through utilizing common standards of training to which all member groups aspire and the implementation of the award of Certified Euro-Farrier as a means of identifying properly trained and qualified farriers from other countries, horse owners can gain assurance in utilizing the services of farriers from other countries.
Representation on behalf of the members on matters concerning the farriery industry in Europe is also undertaken.
The European Farriery Championships
The European Farriery Championships takes places every two years and is hosted by a different EFFA member nation each year. The first Championships were held in Holland in 2000 and in 2014 the 8th Championships will take place in the UK hosted by the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association.
A maximum of four competitors per nation can take part and the Championships are judged by two judges from two different countries other than the organizing one.
The last European Farrier Championships in 2012 was held in Austria and was won by Henrik Berger (Denmark).
The BFBA is delighted to be hosting the European Farriery Championships on behalf of EFFA.
The BFBA looks after the interests of its farrier and farriery apprentice members through representation within various governing industry bodies including the Farriers Registration Council and Worshipful Company of Farriers. BFBA is instrumental in the development of the UK farriery training system, the promotion and endorsement of Continuing Professional Development and the drive for ever increasing standards of farriery in the UK.
Myerscough College is a land-based Higher and Further Education college dating back to the 19th century. Myerscough specialises in education and training for the land-based and sports industries, teaching in over 20 subjects including farriery.
The International Arena at Myerscough was opened in April 2003, it has fast become established as one of the UK’s top equestrian venues hosting a diverse spectrum of events in the first class facilities. It is the largest purpose built equestrian venue in the North West, the International Arena offers spectators and competitors very comfortable surroundings to fully enjoy their day.
The Convention and Marketplace
The Convention, with a host of well-respected, knowledgeable and experienced Clinicians, running alongside a bustling Marketplace with the industry’s leading suppliers and manufacturers will provide the complete experience for farriers, farriery apprentices and interested-parties alike.
We are delighted to invite you to the 2014 European Farriery Championship and Convention and look forward to seeing you there.